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Early March Heralds the Termite Season

Don't Let These Termites Become the New Residents of Your Home!
Good Weather Brings the Termites Out.

Although it’s possible you’ll need NJ termite control services anytime during the year, these pests start becoming more of a nuisance in early March. This is when termites typically swarm in large numbers and become much more active in the open.

Termites Don’t Take a Break

While you might not see termites in your home during the winter months, they’re not hibernating for the season. When it’s cold out, subterranean termites may slow down, but they’re still building their tunnels. Swarmers, which are winged termites, usually emerge after the last freeze of the year. This generally occurs in early March, but keep in mind that changes in the weather can affect timing. Swarmers tend to be seen more often in the early part of the afternoon or after light rain showers, which are the best times to keep an eye out for these pests.

Signs of Termites

How do you know if you have a termite problem? If you see mud tubes in your home or if you see discarded wings left behind by swarmers, you should have a termite inspection done as soon as possible. Quick action will prevent these pests from causing more serious damage to your home.

If you need NJ termite control services to stop these pests from damaging your home, please contact Allison Pest Control. We provide reliable and effective pest control to eliminate termite infestations.

What Termite Signs to Watch For When You Garden

Termite Swarmers
Termite Swarmers

The best place to find termites is when you’re outside in your yard or garden. This is where you are in the termites’ element and if you have a garden that is adjacent to your home, it’s even better.

What Attracts Termites

Mulch piles next to the foundation, wooden trellises with vines that connect to siding, trees and bushes that touch your home, and stacks of firewood nearby, among others, can lead termites to find a way into your home. The placement of these things is critical for termites to get inside, so when you are out in the garden, here’s what to look for.

Termite Signs

The most important sign is mud tubes leading up from the ground and into a crack or a hole. Another sign is winged swarmers during the spring as the temperature rises. These flying termites look like flying ants, but their antennae are straight and they have thick waists as opposed to an ant’s thin waist. If you see swarmers in your home or notice them directly leaving a hole or crack in your foundation, you have a termite problem and a NJ pest control specialist should be called in.

If you have any questions about termites, where to look and how to control them, please contact Allison Pest Control. We offer a free pest inspection and have been proudly serving the Monmouth and Ocean Counties since 1917.

Second of Four Types of Termites – Drywood Termites

Termite Types
Termite Types

What’s that munching on your home’s structure? It could be drywood termites. How can you tell? Allison Pest Control’s expert Freehold exterminators are here with a little 9-1-1 to better help you classify these criminals.

What’s in a name?
Drywood termites do not require moisture or contact with soil to be drawn to your home. These tenacious termites can tunnel and nest in buildings, causing major damage to wooden support beams, ultimately destroying structures. And they won’t stop there. They’ll also munch wallpaper, plastics, and fabric made from plants.

Drywood mugshot:
Drywood termites can be identified by their 3/8-inch, light brown, long and oval bodies sporting 6 legs, wings, and antennae. Colonies do not have workers, instead younger termites, dubbed “false workers,” do the work for the colony.

Drywood termite prevention
Though prevention is more difficult than with subterranean species, drywood termites can be prevented from entering your home’s structure:

• Screen attic and foundation vents with bug screens to prevent infiltration.

• Store all firewood, lumber, and scrap wood well away from your home.

• Seal all cracks and crevices around the outside of your home to prevent drywood termite infestation.

• Where possible, paint your home’s structure. Drywood termites will not enter wood that has a good coat of paint.

Don’t let these terrifying termites have free range on your Freehold structure. Get the help you need with the Freehold exterminators at Allison Pest Control today.

How Long Does a Termite Queen Live and How Many Eggs Will She Lay?

About Termites and Their Queen
About Termites and Their Queen

Termites are notorious for building large colonies and causing costly and potentially dangerous damage to homes throughout NJ. Our Tom’s River termite control professionals deal with these pests on a regular basis, since infestations are common.

One of the reasons that termites are so numerous is due to the queen and the number of eggs she’s capable of producing during her lifetime.

Termite queens can live for decades if they have a well-protected colony that keeps them safe from predators. This long lifespan is unusual for insects in general, but it also helps explain why termite infestations tend to be large.

Queens can lay two dozen or more eggs at a time, and they have the ability to lay them all throughout their life. That can add up to a considerably large number of new termites produced over a queen’s decades-long lifespan.

Termite eggs are big enough to see, but they can be hard to find since they’re typically in underground nests or other locations that provide them with plenty of shelter.

Keep in mind that spotting eggs doesn’t necessarily indicate an infestation in the home. Seeing adult termites swarm is considered a definite sign of an infestation, though. It’s important to have infestations cleared up quickly to prevent structural damage.

If you have termites in your home, contact Allison Pest Control right away. We offer dependable Tom’s River termite control.

What Are Pheromones and How Do Termites Use Them?

Pharamones
Pheromones

Termites keep our Tom’s River termite control professionals busy each year. These pests can build up enormous colonies that contain thousands of termites, which increases the risk of serious damage to homes. One of the ways in which termites keep these colonies so well-organized is through the use of pheromones.

The king and queen of each termite colony emit chemicals called pheromones, which help determine how the colony is set up. These pheromones control the number of larvae that turn into workers, soldiers, and winged termites called alates.

Workers help build and expand the colony by digging tunnels, while soldiers defend it. Alates swarm each spring and perform what is known as a nuptial flight in which they mate in order to form new colonies. If something happens to the king or queen, these pheromones are no longer emitted.

Termite colonies are highly efficient and typically contain very large numbers of these pests. Since more and more termites are produced on a regular basis, it’s important to have pest control handle infestations as soon as possible.

The longer you wait, the bigger an infestation can get, leading to serious damage to your home. Having termite infestations stopped early helps protect your home and your family.

Our Tom’s River termite control experts offer reliable service. If you have termites in your home, contact Allison Pest Control.

Don’t Have the Termite Home from Hell – Get a Quality Termite Treatment

NJ Termite Pests
NJ Termite Pests

Having dependable NJ termite control is one of the best ways to stop infestations from becoming worse. When things go wrong with pest control, they can create conditions that allow termites to thrive. These are just a few examples of what can happen.

Missed Signs of Activity

One house in the southeastern U.S. ended up with a termite infestation that was severe enough to render the home a total loss. Although the owners had annual inspections done, none of these showed signs of termite activity. However, a more experienced pest control professional would have recognized termite activity in the home’s structural lumber.

Only Checking Outdoor Bait Stations

Another home sustained significant damage after termites infested it without being detected. Technicians set bait stations inside the home and around the outside of it, but they only checked the outdoor ones. The home ended up with termite mud tubes sticking out of walls and ceilings as these pests took over the interior.

Ineffective Pest Control

One family narrowly escaped serious injury when a bedroom ceiling caved in due to a termite infestation. Technicians set bait stations out, but they did not follow up. Termites thrived in the home and eventually caused the ceiling to collapse, though luckily no one was hurt.

Don’t let termites take over your home and destroy it. Contact Allison Pest Control for help. We offer reliable NJ termite control services to homeowners.