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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.

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.