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Third of Four Types of Termites – Formosan Termites

Winter Does Not Stop Termites
Formosan Subterranean Termites

Are ferocious Formosan termites creating a Tom’s River pest control nightmare at your home? The experts at Allison Pest control are here to help you identify and fight these frightful creatures.

What’s in a name?
Formosan termites are a subterranean variety of termite, brought to the U.S. in the 1940s from East Asia following World War II. They continue to be spread today via the shipping of wood and other cellulose-based goods.

Formosan mugshot:
The largest and most destructive termite species, Formosans are 1/2-inch long with yellow-brown oval-shaped bodies, 6 legs, wings, and antennae. Straight out of a horror movie, Formosan termites create mud nests up to 300 feet long inside the walls of buildings, with tens of thousands comprising a single colony of workers, soldiers, and reproductives. They love to dine on dead trees, wood, and plant-based fabrics.

Formosan termite prevention
Prevent the fearsome Formosan from entering your home. Due to their large population size, they can cause severe damage in as little as 6 months:

• Ensure water drains away from your home’s structure.

• Rapidly replace damp or damaged wood on the outside of your home.

• Be wary of signs of Formosan infestation, including mud tubes, blistered or peeling paint, and wood that sounds hollow when tapped.

Formosan feeding frenzy? Termites are terrified of the Tom’s River pest control experts at Allison Pest Control. Contact us today.

What Damage Do Termites Cause and What Does It Look Like?

Termites Can Cause Serious Damage to Your Home
Termites Can Cause Serious Damage to Your Home

Termites can cause serious damage to homes, but it’s not always easy to spot. These pests can eat away at wooden structures from the inside. While these structures appear solid on the outside, they might be hollow and weak on the inside.

How can you tell if you need to have Freehold exterminators over to handle a termite infestation? These are the common signs of termite damage:

• Floors that are buckled

• Windows or door frames that droop or sag

• Ceilings that have a sunken appearance

• Cracks and tiny holes in wood

These signs indicate that termites are inside the walls of your home and have already caused significant damage to the wood. This can make your home dangerous due to the risk of having floors, ceilings or other structures collapse.

It’s crucial to have pest control professionals inspect your home for termite infestations before structural damage happens in order to keep you and your family safe.

Keep in mind that you might have an easier time discovering you have a pest problem if you see termites swarming inside your home. This typically happens during spring, so be on the lookout for these insects at this time.

If you’ve seen any signs of termite damage in your NJ home, don’t hesitate to call Allison Pest Control. Our Freehold exterminators can handle termite infestations and rid your home of these pests.

Even Realtors Caution Home Sellers and Buyers About Termites

Don't let termites derail your home sale.
Don’t let termites derail your home sale.

When you’re buying or selling a home, the presence of termites is something important to watch for. As a home buyer, you don’t want to end up purchasing a home with an infestation. As a seller, you don’t want to turn potential buyers away if your home has a termite problem.

Termites are notorious for causing extensive damage to homes due to their appetite for wood. Infestations can be hard to spot, and it’s also easy for homeowners to mistake these pests for ants or other types of bugs and put off calling Rumson termite control.

In the meantime, termites are busy eating away at wooden structures, which can weaken floor joists and other parts of a home. This can lead to costly damage or even put homeowners’ lives at risk if a ceiling or floor collapses.

Termites can also cost homeowners in terms of property value. Sellers might have to settle for getting less money for their home, while buyers might end up purchasing a home that’s worth less than they paid for it due to termite damage. Whether you’re buying or selling, it’s important to have pest control professionals inspect and treat your home for termites in order to reduce the risk of costly damage.

When you have a termite problem, our Rumson termite control experts can help. Contact Allison Pest Control to learn more about our services.

Termite 101 – What NJ Residents Need to Know

Termite Control
Termite Control

You probably know that termites can cause significant amounts of damage to your home, but how much do you know about the way this species lives? Termites do more than just chew away at wood inside homes. They also have very active lives within their colonies.

Termites are capable of doing damage to a home because there are usually tons of them living in a single colony. Each mating season, winged female and male termites leave their nests and pair up in order to mate and search for a new nesting place. After mating, males and females lose their wings and spend their lives with the same colony. Each colony has a king and queen, as well as thousands of workers. The workers are arranged in castes that perform different tasks, such as building nests, foraging for food or guarding the colony from attacks.

Termites use pheromones to communicate the location of food. They might also use these chemically produced scents to prevent workers from reproducing. Some termites also hit their heads against the walls or floor of their tunnels to alert other colony members about threats. The size of termite colonies and their effective communication methods allow this species to thrive in homes.

If you’ve been struggling with a termite problem, contact Allison Pest Control. Our Tom’s River Pest Control experts will get rid of a termite infestation in your home safely and efficiently.

New Jersey Winters Do Not Stop Termites

Winter Does Not Stop TErmites
Winter Does Not Stop TErmites

Subterranean termites, happily the only termites native to New Jersey, live below ground. Sadly, their dirty dens don’t prevent them from coming above ground, both to breed and also to snack on the structure of your home by entering through small cracks in the foundation.

Hoping the cold winter weather will send these pests into submission? Think again.
Though most visible in the warmer months, particularly during the spring swarming season, subterranean termite colonies are active 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year –  even through the winter – making them one of the more difficult termite species to control.

How do they survive?
Subterranean termites retreat deep into their underground world for warmth when ground soil is frozen, however they can also remain active within a structure if it is heated – such as your home.

Winter activity
As snow melts in the late winter and early spring, termite emerge, building mud tunnels up and into your home in search of food. This slight warming of weather also creates a prime opportunity for termite swarms within the home.

Don’t let termites contribute to your winter blues. Contact Allison today. Even in the winter, we are busy performing termite inspections and free pest ID service calls. Call us at 1-800-564-4585 and we’ll be right out to find out what’s bugging you! With over 5,000 local homes and businesses being serviced by the team at Allison Pest Control, you’ll know that you will be in good hands when your property is treated by our professional and knowledgeable pest control service technicians.

How to Exterminate NJ Termites – Part 2

Termite Control
Termite Control

Exterminating termites is not a do-it-yourself job. It takes professional knowledge of termite biology and behavior, specialized equipment and insecticides, and considerable experience to eliminate these wood-devouring pests. As noted in our previous post, the Eastern subterranean termites that infest 1 in 5 Monmouth and Ocean County homes live in inaccessible underground nests which complicates their elimination.

Termite Extermination

Professional termite exterminators NJ use two methods to exterminate these pests: bait systems (described in our previous post) and exterior barrier systems. Both termite extermination methods use the insect’s social behavior to deliver termiticide to the underground nest and eliminate the colony.

Exterior Barrier Systems

Exterior Liquid Barrier System. Less costly and faster acting than bait systems, liquid barrier systems surround buildings with a continuous barrier of potent liquid insecticide that is injected into the soil along exterior foundation walls. Application by an experienced professional is necessary to ensure that there are no breaks in the barrier that might allow termites to evade insecticide exposure. Allison Pest Control’s termite extermination experts dig trenches along exterior foundation walls and drill holes in concrete slabs and hard surfaces (which are patched after treatment) to ensure that a continuous barrier with maximum soil saturation is achieved.

Allison Pest Control termite extermination experts have found that Termidor, considered the gold standard in termite extermination, produces the best results. An advanced liquid termiticide, Termidor is a slow-acting, odorless, non-repellent insecticide that is undetectable but lethal to termites.

As termites move through the soil, they come in contact with Termidor and carry the poison back to their nest where it is spread during feeding and grooming activities. Total colony elimination is usually achieved within 3 months.

If you suspect termite activity on your property, call the termite exterminator NJ professionals at Allison Pest Control today.