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Voracious Termites Affecting New Jersey Residents Part II Of II

Continuing from Monday…

Unlike in many other countries, in the United States, most eastern subterranean termite colonies are built completely below ground level.  Because they are unseen, eastern subterranean termite colonies that are below ground often go untreated and can contain more than a million termites.  These termites can easily destroy structures causing devastating damage, especially in urban environments.

The swarmers (reproductives), can often be found swarming on a warm spring day, but in some colonies, you will see a swarm during the late summertime.  These termites cannot fly well, despite having wings.  Once they fly out of the nest, the wind will help them travel to a new location where they will discard their wings and look for a mate from another colony so that they can create a new termite colony. Swarming will occur when an existing nest is large and well established.  When a swarm occurs, thousands of termites will leave the nest. If you see swarming around your home or business, it’s time to call a pest control specialist because it is a sign of a significant underground infestation.

No structure is safe from the destruction of the eastern subterranean termite.  These pests can secretly enter your structure through a space as small as 1/8”.  They can easily eat their way through the rubber compound that is used between adjoining concrete on the ground floor of a building.  The eastern subterranean termite is always attracted to moist areas.  If you have faulty plumbing inside your walls or a leaky roof, it is an invitation to these wood destroying pests to come inside.

Eastern subterranean termites have incredible survival instincts.  If their nests are disturbed, they will quickly abandon their nest to seek protection in another location.  Once they move, they will be difficult to locate and they will quickly begin their destructive behavior in their new location.  If you discover an eastern subterranean termite nest at your New Jersey home or business, you should never disturb it.  Instead you should always contact a licensed pest control specialist who knows how to eradicate termites, like Allison Pest Control.  Give us a call today for all of your pest control needs.

Voracious Termites Affecting New Jersey Residents Part I Of II

The eastern subterranean termite is thought to be the world’s best timber recycler.  In being such, eastern subterranean termites are also known for the extreme damage that they can cause to your New Jersey home or business.  It is estimated that at least one in every five homes in New Jersey has been, or will be, attacked by eastern subterranean termites at some point in time.  Each year, these wood damaging pests cause millions of dollars worth of damage; which is never covered by insurance policies.

Within a eastern subterranean termite colony, you will find a queen termite, a king termite, soldiers, workers, and swarmers (reproductives) termites.  The king termite lives with the queen and is tended to by the workers of the colony. The queen is a termite egg laying machine.  She is much larger than any other termites in the colony.  She can live up to 25 years and can produce more than 2,000 eggs per day!

The worker termites are the ones that are in most abundance within the colony.  They are also the ones that cause the most destruction.  They construct tunnels, gather food, tend to the king and queen, and groom the soldiers as well as each other.  They are also the caretakers of the young nymph termites until they mature.  Worker termites are soft bodied, do not have wings, and are blind.  These termites spend their entire two year lifetime working for the colony…24 hours a day!

Like any good warrior, the soldier termite will defend the colony to its death.  If a nest is disturbed, the soldiers are the first insect that you will see rush out of the opening.  Soldier termites look different than the other termites as they have a rectangular shaped head with large pinchers that they use to crush their enemies…usually ants.  When fighting, these termites emit a sticky latex substance that will quickly entrap their enemy.

Please check back on Wednesday for the conclusion.

Evil Carpenter Ants Can Strike Anytime

Business and homeowners in New Jersey have reason to worry when they see large black ants on the interior or exterior of their structure.  Large ants in most instances are carpenter ants.  Carpenter ants are the most common type of ant that you will find in the United States, and left untreated, they are a very destructive pest.

Unlike the destructive termite, carpenter ants do not “eat” wood.  Carpenter ants will however damage wood by hollowing it out while they excavate galleries for their nests, and tunnels for transportation.  These galleries have a smooth, sandpapered look to them.  In some instances, you will find piles of saw-dust like material (pieces of discarded shredded wood) nearby, but sometimes, it is hidden behind a wall void.

Carpenter ants are in constant need of water.  On the exterior, carpenter ants can be found in both dry and moist wood sources.  You can find them in wood piles, tree stumps and damaged trees.  On the interior, carpenter ants are often found around sinks and bathtubs, in baseboards, in cabinets, poorly sealed windows or door frames, wall voids, or any place where water could have, or is leaking.

Carpenter ants are not a “do it yourself” type of pest to eradicate.  Using home improvement store chemicals to spray your yard and pavement will kill some of the ants topically; but unfortunately, many ants will disperse and spread even further throughout the yard or structure.  When treating for carpenter ants, the entire colony, plus any satellite colonies, must be destroyed in order to achieve success.

Left untreated, it is not uncommon to find a carpenter ant nest with a queen and over 2000 workers.  Allison Pest Control operators can safely and efficiently locate the carpenter ant parent and satellite nests so that proper extermination can occur for the entire colony.

Termites Damage 1 in 5 Central New Jersey Homes

Central and southern New Jersey’s wet spring has created perfect conditions for a termite explosion in Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex counties. To thrive, termites require moist soil in which to build their massive underground nests and damp, rotting wood on which to feed. Heavy spring rains combined with the moist ocean air that blankets central New Jersey’s mid-coastal region have created the ideal high humidity conditions that attract Eastern Subterranean Termites and allow them to flourish.

These voracious wood-eating pests will attack one in five central and southern New Jersey homes this year. Living in colonies that can number from tens of thousands to millions, termites can chomp their way through 1 lineal foot of 2×4 structural timber every 120 days. If untreated, termites can cause significant damage to your Monmouth, Ocean or Middlesex County home that can lead to structural collapse.

Termites spend their entire lives underground. Wingless and sightless, these tiny insects have soft, white, oval bodies 1/8 to 1/4 inch long, or about the size of a rice grain. Communicating via pheromones, termites are highly social insects that live in huge underground colonies. Work is divided by a strict caste system into workers, reproductives and soldiers. Central New Jersey homeowners may not realize their home is infested with termites unless they observe winged reproductives puddling on their lawn or happen to break through into an active termite site during a home remodeling project.

A termite infestation requires serious professional pest control by a Monmouth County pest control firm with special expertise in termite extermination. Two methods of termite extermination — bait systems and exterior liquid barriers – are used in New Jersey. To perform effectively, both termite extermination methods require exacting professional application techniques, specialized tools and termiticides available only to New Jersey pest control professionals. If you suspect you have a termite problem, call an experienced central New Jersey pest control expert today.