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What Do Termite Eggs Look Like and When Do They Hatch?

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Termites can cause a lot of costly damage to your home and even make it dangerous to live in. Knowing the signs of termites can help you prevent an infestation from becoming worse, especially when you have Freehold Exterminators handle it right away.

Termite queens lay their eggs deep inside the nest, so you’re not likely to come across them. These nests are built in the ground, where the eggs can grow without being exposed to light. If you think you have eggs in your home, they’re probably droppings from adult termites instead.

If you uncover a nest, the Termite eggs can be hard to spot. They’re almost clear, but they have a light cream-colored tone to them. The eggs are very small and can number in the thousands. During the active seasons, they usually hatch within 30 days after being laid.

It’s important to note that termite populations can grow rapidly. Queens are capable of producing thousands of eggs throughout their lifetime. The earlier you detect and deal with termite infestations in your home or on your property, the lower your risk is of ending up with extensive damage.

Whether you see noticeable wood damage or termites swarming, it’s crucial to have termite professionals handle this problem.

If you think you have termites on your property, contact our Freehold exterminators. Allison Pest Control offers reliable pest control services for NJ homeowners.

 

Five Things to Know About Termites Before Spring

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Termites

Springtime is typically associated with flowers in bloom and other pleasant things, but it’s also the time that termites emerge. These pests are one of the most common insects that can invade homes as the weather gets warmer. Keep the following information in mind in case you need NJ termite control this spring.

  • Termites swarm during spring. When temperatures hit roughly 70 degrees, termite swarmers emerge from their nests. Groups of swarmers can be very large.
  • Only swarmers have wings. Soldier and worker termites do not have wings and remain in the nest most of the time. Male and female swarmers break their wings off before mating and building a new colony.
  • Termite queens live a long time. In some cases, they can live for at least 30 years or more, although many termites don’t survive the winter in colder climates.
  • Termites build mud tubes. While seeing swarms of termites is a good sign that you might have an infestation, it’s also important to look for mud tubes. Termites build these tubes to get around at ground level.
  • Termites can remain active all year round. Some termites actively forage for food and fix up their nests throughout the year.

If you’ve seen termites in your home, don’t hesitate to contract Allison Pest Control. Our NJ termite control services can help these pests from causing further damage to your home this spring.

Strange and Interesting Termite Facts

A Termite Close-Up
A Termite Close-Up

Did you know the fastest animal strike on land is the snapping jaw of a Panamanian termite which has been clocked at 150 mph? Termites put their powerful jaws to good use. These wood-eating insects eat non-stop, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

A colony of just 60,000 termites can devour two lineal feet of pine 2×4 in a single year. Since the typical termite colony can number in the hundreds of thousands to millions, these insects can do considerable damage to your Monmouth County home or business. And because termites do their damage out of site, these voracious pests can go undetected for years, allowing damage to accumulate. Every year, termites do more than $56 billion in damage to U.S. homes and businesses.

The Eastern subterranean termites that attack 1 in 5 Ocean County homes and businesses are entering their expansion phase. Mature colonies produce winged reproductives that climb to the surface from their underground nests and fly off in mating pairs to begin new colonies. If you find groups of winged “ants” milling around on the ground, call an experienced termite exterminator NJ for immediate service.

Termite FAQ

Termites are destructive but also fascinating insects:

• Termites inhabited Earth 20 million years before dinosaurs.

• There are about 1,000 pounds of termites for every person on Earth.

• In Singapore, termite queens are considered a delicious delicacy.

• A termite hill in Africa was 42 feet high, the height of a two-story house.

• Termites forage for food over an area the size of a football field.

• Termite queens live 15-25 years, laying an egg every 15 seconds.

Protect your Monmouth County home or business from damage with an annual termite inspection by experienced termite exterminators NJ. Call Allison Pest Control to schedule yours today.

Termite Robots Build Houses Instead of Tearing Them Down!

In New Jersey, termites pose a formidable threat to Monmouth County home owners. Attacking one out of every five New Jersey homes, Eastern subterranean termites cause millions of dollars of structural damage every year. Living in huge, complex underground colonies, these industrious wood-eating insects can eventually cause structural collapse if infestations go undetected.

While known for their destructive behavior in the U.S., termites in Africa and Australia are better known for their building talent, perhaps because they construct their homes above ground where their building techniques can be observed. Different termite species than those found in the U.S., African and Australian mound-building termites construct gigantic conical mounds that can rise 40 feet (about 3 stories) above the landscape.

Inspired by the speed and efficiency with which termites build these amazing structures, Harvard University scientists have designed termite robots that may someday be able to build houses instead of destroying them. Dubbed “termbots,” the hand-sized robots behave much like mound-building termites, coordinating their movements by assessing completed work and adding to it without communicating with each other or receiving direction from a central command source. Programmed only with knowledge of the desired finished construction, the robots are able to move, layout and stack blocks to build structures. (Click here to watch termbots in action on Ceramics.org.)

Termites’ ability to perform complicated tasks without apparent instruction is likely a function of the strict caste society in which these insects live. Each termite plays a specific role in the colony’s growth and maintenance with the individual insect’s function determining its size and physical appearance. Termite exterminators NJ actually use termites’ caste-determined function and behavior to exterminate New Jersey termite colonies. We’ll talk about that another time.