Why DOING THIS Could Sell Your Home – Pest Control Services in NJ explains

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Want Your Home SOLD?  Pest Control Services in NJ shares valuable tip

If you are selling (or thinking about selling) you should read this.

*Real Estate Agents, feel free to forward this article to your clients

The real estate market is beginning to improve in our area. This is around the time that many homeowners begin to prepare their home to list or sell. The list of things to do is vast and this can be a stressful time. With that in mind, it is helpful to think of things BEFORE they arise. This is where we come in. We would like to explain a story that we have heard all too often. Perhaps this tidbit of information will be helpful to you and help sell your home.

A clean termite certification is required to sell homes in our area. This is particularly true for any property or structure that is being purchased with a mortgage. In New Jersey, the majority of homes are sold with FHA mortgages. This is because the down payment is less than the standard 20%. Generally speaking, it’s the most affordable option for home buyers. Now you may be thinking, what does this have to do with pest control? The answer is: Everything.  FHA has strict guidelines regarding wood destroying insects and frankly, there is no getting around it. If there is evidence of damage or active insects, the bank can refuse to lend the buyer money until it is taken care of. Did you know that the seller could be responsible for all (or some) of the corrective work and treatment? Did you know that the buyer has the right to terminate the contract under the inspection clause? This is not meant to scare or intimidate, it is to help you understand the process. Whether you think your house is free and clear of bugs or not, you really will not know for sure. Your home should be inspected and treated prior to getting to that point. We want to share with you common stories of what occurs when things like this happen.

Sellers prepare their homes for sale in many different ways. The effort in getting to the point of listing a home is not for the weak. It is hard work if you want to do it right and sell fast. Many customers share with us the work they put into preparing their home, as we have listed much of it below. We have worded it the way most of it was communicated with us.

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The House Gets Prepared to Sell

  • Weeks and days were spent organizing and tidying up
  • Every closet was purged and things were donating or trashed
  • Trinkets were packed away and personal pictures were all taken off the walls
  • The house was cleaned and clean again. It never looked so clean
  • Fresh paint was applied to the walls, everything was painted that looked dingy. Everything.
  • Carpets cleaned and hardwood was polished and look better than new
  • Lists were made and every minor detail was addressed with precision


The House is Listed

  • Located and signed with a Realtor you trust and like (harder than most think)
  • Every day you keep the house tidy and neat, just in case it is shown
  • You pick up, vacuum and turn on lights before the buyers arrive
  • If you are home, you rush to make it perfect and then head out the door in a frenzy
  • If you are not home, you pray the house is in good shape and the buyers like it
  • You are afraid to cook or do anything that makes the house dirty
  • Time is ticking, where are the buyers?



  • They view the home multiple times as excitement builds
  • Your Realtor works hard to have something put together in the form of an offer
  • The offer comes and negotiations begin
  • You have offer and acceptance and everyone is relieved
  • The buyers and sellers choose a lawyer and Attorney Review begins
  • After a few days the review is complete and the buyers schedule their inspections
  • Calls are made as friends and family share congratulations

The House is SOLD!…  Not so Fast.

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After reading all the steps that it took to get to this point, you probably know where this is heading.  All of this is normal and expected so far, right? So although each story may be slightly different, the lesson we are going to share is the same. Keep reading.

What You Did Not Know Can Hurt You

Until the buyers line up and complete the home inspections, the celebrations are preliminary. Like heading for a touchdown and celebrating too early, you are tackled unexpectedly.  You did not know, or maybe you knew but did not understand.  You told people it was sold and you started to pack.  Then the reports roll in. Why are you getting a report as thick as phone book about your home? Now What?

What You Need to Know

Every home inspection will produce lists of things to be fixed, repaired or changed- even in brand new homes. If you are a seller and think your home is exceptional, chances are you will be shocked at what will be found. Advice? Prepare for the worst and hope for the best.   But here is the GOOD NEWS: regardless of what is in that report, you have people working on your behalf to get it resolved. Most times it is stressful, but negotiated or handled faster than you thought.  Unless it is wood destroying insects, termites or structural damage. These are the things buyers have a hard time getting over. Please also remember that FHA regulations are strict when it comes to this subject and they may not lend the buyer money. Any form of infestation or damage could kill your deal. Even if it appears the damage was from the past and the termites are not active, it does not matter. Sometimes this is all that it takes to scare the buyers away. There could be nothing you can say or do to stop them. They can walk away.  Imagine after all of the work that you have done to get to this point, the deal dies? No one deserves that, especially if it could have been avoided. This why it should be addressed in advance, but it was never suggested to you.


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In fact, your realtor can share with buyers that the home has been inspected and treated; with no signs of infestation or damage. Buyers like to feel secure and this type of action deems you trustworthy and meticulous. If you take care of this small detail, they will feel as though you probably cared for everything else in the same fashion. If you learn anything, it is that you should not leave this type of inspection to “chance”.

Our team is experienced and prepared in treating, removing and/or exterminating many types of nuisances. Here are a few of the most common Pest Control Services in New Jersey:

  • Termites
  • Carpenter Bees
  • Carpenter Ants
  • Powder Post Beetles
  • Wildlife in Attics (or Chimney)
  • NJ Bed Bugs
  • Cockroaches
  • Mice and Rats
  • Bees and Yellow Jackets
  • Hornets (and much more)


Our slogan is “We Kill Your Pests, Not Your Budget”, and we mean that. It is why we have been chosen as Contractor of the Year by Home Advisor. We are a local business that relies solely on referrals. When you work with us, you are working with the owner of the business. We are not a large corporation that views you as a number, we are a hard working NJ family- just like you.

Obtaining a clean termite certification does more than deliver you peace of mind. This simple act speaks to the buyer and buyer’s agent about the type of homeowner that you are.  It demonstrates your commitment and diligence to caring for the home, something every buyer feels good about. Contact us to arrange for your home termite inspection and treatment today.

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What are these Spider Crickets? Ocean County Exterminator Shares the Scoop


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Ocean County Exterminator shines the spotlight on these strange bugs

As an Ocean County Exterminator, every season tends to bring out a new hot topic and this fall is no exception. The most popular description used to describe the latest annoying bug in NJ is cricket spiders. They look like a transformer that is half spider and half cricket.

Many in the pest control community refer to them as Cave Crickets. The name originates from where they tend to hang out, in dark areas. This time of year they call home any dark moist environments such as basements, crawl spaces and garages. They are fairly harmless, although for some homeowners, the anxiety is more than they can bear. Here we will try to alleviate some of your fears by sharing some interesting tidbits and facts  about NJ Cave Crickets.


Point of Entry

These hopping fools are welcomed in through many access points of your house at various stages. Many are able to slip through the cracks of the garage such as slightly ajar garage doors. Even if you open the garage on a nice weekend to clean it out, a handful can hop in and hide very quickly. They will also camouflage themselves in leaves and hop through front doors without detection. Typically they find an access way through any cracks or crevices in the house.

What’s for Dinner?

What do they eat? During this time of year, when food is scarce, they tend to feed on themselves. That’s right, you have read that correctly. They are not inside your home seeking food, because they are the food.  Gross, right? Well the good news is that Cave Crickets are not looking to feed off of humans. They will eat their own extremities because they have the ability to regenerate them.

Interesting Facts

They are fairly blind but have a heightened sensitivity to touch. If you have ever had the pleasure of accidentally touching one, you have probably seen their senses in action. When touched, it will begin to hop wildly in many directions much like a child’s bouncy ball, it will ping randomly from left to right and up and down. This is generally what causes alarm and fright for most people. Many homeowners are scared of things that fly or hop at the, which is totally understandable.  However as a reputable  Ocean County Exterminator, it is our job to inform you of the harmful versus harmless pests” and this one is generally harmless. This may not be enough to remove your anxiety, but we thought that perhaps if you knew WHY they hopped like that (because they are scared and mostly blind)  then perhaps it will not seem so scary after all.

Home Sweet Home

They generally hide in dark areas, inside and behind things in the basement and garage. Why are they there? The answer is pretty simple, they are hiding. They are protecting themselves from becoming a food source to others such as birds, spiders and larger predators. They tend to gravitate towards dampness, so it is not uncommon to find them in lower level bathrooms positioned on the exterior wall of a home.

Prevention Tips

There are some very simple tips and tricks that will help to keep these guys out of your home, although sometimes not always effective once they are already inside. Try to eliminate moisture by using a dehumidifier in the areas that need it most. Be sure to secure and close all windows and doors and seal any cracks or small openings. Clean out and sweep areas that are heavily cluttered and remove any that come across. Most times they will hop fast and far, giving you the ability to sweep them in the direction of your choosing, without ever having to touch them with your hands.

Above All Termite and Pest Control is comprised of an experienced team of professionals equipped to handle the elimination of “spider crickets”.  We have specific techniques and applications designed to deter these creepy jumpers. We will kill the bugs in your home and not your budget.

We are a leading service provider with an A + rating from the BBB. Our customer reviews are exceptional because we stand behind our promises to the community. Best of all, we are not just an Ocean County Exterminator- as we now regularly service other counties in NJ including:

  • Atlantic County
  • Monmouth County
  • Middlesex County
  • Mercer County

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Noises in the Attic? What is it? Tales from your Ocean County Exterminator


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As an experienced Ocean County Pest Control professional, we have heard many stories from our customers. There is one thing that we have noticed- sounds from the attic make people really anxious (rightfully so).


What is that Sound?

As you walk down your hallway, you look up at the string that taunts you. The mere existence of the dangling cord is daring you to climb up into the attic to investigate the noise. What is it? What is that sound you are hearing from above? Many times you have lowered the television, shushed the family and tip toed the outline of the house in hopes of getting a good listen.  Unfortunately you believe that there is only one way to find out, you must pull the string and head up.


Heading in to Investigate

With flashlight and broom handle balancing in your palm, you carefully crest your head craefully into the darkness. As you fumble and click on the flashlight, your eyes are greeted by cob webs, dust balls and the fear of something popping out as you scan the room. Then you begin to hear something, but having no idea where it is coming from- panic sets in. You back out swiftly and head for the ladder to head back to a safer place. You shut the entry door as you hear scuffling and scratching sounds. Part of you did not want to retreat because you are painfully curious to reveal the source- however too terrified to follow through.


Could it Really Be?

What IS that noise? It is driving you crazy by invading your every thought.  Is it a bird, mouse or maybe a rat? You walk outside of your home and you cannot believe your eyes- a BAT just came out of your attic! That’s right…you have BATS.

Frantically you contact your local Ocean County Exterminator (Above All Termite and Pest Control) and let them handle it- problem solved. (Ok, we added that part, but that’s what you SHOULD do!)

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Useful Information and Prevention Tips- NJ Exterminator

Trying to figure out how they entered your home is a difficult topic to attack. While there are 45 species of bats commonly found in the United States, very few of them use homes as their own shelter. The most common species: Little Brown Bats, Big Brown Bats, Evening Bats, Mexican Free-trail and Pallid Bats.

When dealing with them in a home, it’s essential to remember what ways are NOT effective. These include methods include bleach, ammonia, sulfur candles, lights and loud noises. Even though the bats appear to be a problem and you want them out- the larger issue is how they entered in the first place.  All potential access points into the home need to be located and handled with the correct techniques. This process is often referred to as bat-proofing. The best time to do this is in the fall /winter months when they leave to hibernate.

Managing this type of wildlife after it has moved into your home should be handled by a professional service. Without a doubt, the home should be thoroughly inspected. Once all access points are eliminated and closed, special materials should be installed over the pathways to get them to retreat. This material allows the bats to leave the home but will prevent them from returning. Some of these products could include netting, high quality sealants and specialized installations intended just for them.

Once they have successfully left the home, the materials can be removed and any access points completely sealed off. The next step involves odor treatments and chemical applications remove bugs or other bat parasites that they may have carried in. If any insulation or interior damage has been done, our team will recommend repair and replacement of such materials.

Going forward, we also suggest yearly inspections to clarify that it is no longer being used as shelter by this unwanted species. The best part about using www.aboveallpests.com as your “go to” ocean county pest control company is that all of our work is GUARANTEED. If there is a sound in your home that is making you crazy, you owe it to yourself to give us a call.