There are a great many wonderful things about living in the Garden State: there's the vibrant array of urban and suburban communities, the hometown feel in close proximity to New York City, and all kinds of recreational and cultural activities. And don't forget the diverse wildlife.
Ah, yes, wildlife. In the diverse mix of ecosystems that is New Jersey, that can range from obnoxious avian invaders like seagulls and other waterfowl, to ants, mosquitoes, or even bedbugs. Whether you live in the heart of an urban enclave or in a more rural HOA surrounded by woodlands, pests like these will likely find their way into your space at some point. Dealing with them effectively—and safely—requires a joint effort from managers, staff, and residents alike.
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The first step is to figure out what is lurking in your home, says Arthur Katz, president of Knockout Pest Control in Uniondale, Long Island. Homeowners on the 23rd floor in Newark or Jersey City won't usually have to worry about bees, termites or carpenter ants invading their home, for example, Katz says. “Those come from structural problems, and they won’t be in apartments,” but everyone living in a more urban environment will have to be on high alert for roaches, water bugs, mice, bedbugs and carpet beetles.
Still, if there were a competition among vermin to find the most universally present pest critter, rodents would win—they’re anywhere and everywhere, says Nana Kojo Ayesu, owner of Kojo’s Pest Elimination Company, LLC, based in the Bronx, New York. “The major pest problems I find [especially in a city] are rodents, followed by bedbugs followed by roaches.” High-rise dwellers may have fewer problems than those in private homes, but their issues may be more challenging because of the propensity of these creatures to travel from one home to another.
And if rats aren't enough of a headache, according to Katz, we’re in the middle of termite season. “We’re getting hundreds of calls for carpenter ants, pavement ants, bees and wasps” in private homes, he says. “Our schedule is full of those.”