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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.

Lenders Don’t Like Your Termite Infestation

Lender stopped the sale of my home
Lender stopped the sale of my home

Termites can be a nightmare for NJ homeowners, especially when infestations aren’t dealt with early. When homeowners wait to have Monmouth County pest control experts eliminate these pests, it can result in considerable damage to their home. In some cases, this can include structural damage that makes homes unsafe.

For those who are trying to sell their home, termites can cause even more headaches. More and more lenders are paying attention to reports of wood-destroying inspections that reveal termite damage. These lenders typically want to know if homes have had any structural damage caused by termites. In some cases, lenders are asking for licensed contractors to verify if damage to homes is cosmetic in nature or structural in order to determine how serious it is. An increasing number of lenders are paying more attention to infestations since termites can cause damage that costs thousands of dollars to fix. Since homeowners insurance usually doesn’t include structural damage from termites, lenders want to know that any damage that has occurred has been repaired. Otherwise, they typically aren’t willing to fund loans for home buyers.

If you notice any signs of termites in your NJ home, contact our Monmouth County pest control professionals as soon as possible. At Allison Pest Control, we’re able to get rid of termite infestations to prevent damage to your home.

 

With Warming Trends, Will Formosan Termites Head to NJ?

Watch out for Formosan Termites this spring
Watch out for Formosan Termites this spring

Termites are among the most common pests that keep Monmouth County pest control experts busy. While NJ already has several kinds of termites, one more could be headed this way. Warming temperatures in the northeastern U.S. might end up bringing Formosan subterranean termites to the area.

These termites originated in China, Taiwan and Japan, but they’ve been accidentally introduced to the U.S. and other parts of the world. Formosan termites are typically found in the southern part of the U.S., including Florida, Alabama and Georgia, but warmer temperatures make it possible for these pests to spread north. These termites are known for building very large carton nests that are difficult to get rid of. These nests can show up in different places that are close to moisture sources, including plumbing, porches with plants and air conditioning units. Formosa termites can also cause more extensive damage to homes and buildings than native termite species due to their diet. These termites eat wood, but they also feed on other materials, including asphalt, foam insulation boards and copper sheeting. They even feed on some types of plastics. It’s important for homeowners to watch for these pests as temperatures continue to climb.

Termites can cause serious damage to your home in a short amount of time, so contact Allison Pest Control right away for help. Our Monmouth County pest control professionals can eliminate these pests to protect your home.

Wet Weather May Prolong Termite Season

Termites Will Eat Your Home Tear Round
Termites are Here To Stay

Rainy weather is more than just a nuisance in summer. It can also encourage termites to stick around longer and do more damage to homes. Wet weather makes it easier for termites to find their way inside homes, especially when walls, ceilings or other areas have suffered water damage.

Termites are able to tunnel through all kinds of surfaces in homes, including wallpaper and floors. They chew through wood as they move, which can lead to costly repairs and even serious structural damage that compromises a home’s safety. Termites usually come out in spring and stay active all summer long. With the season being warmer than usual and wetter in some areas, termites are likely to be around longer than usual before going dormant in winter. Keep in mind that only termites that are outdoors go dormant. Those that have found their way inside homes typically remain active throughout the year, giving them more time to cause damage.

It’s important to watch for signs of termites, such as discarded wings from swarmers around doors and windows. Homeowners should also lower the risk of a termite infestation by checking for rotting wood around, keeping mulch at least a foot away from the foundation and preventing water from building up around the foundation.

Don’t let termites damage your home. Contact Allison Pest Control for reliable and safe Tom’s River pest control services.

Are Termite Treatments “Permanent”?

Termite Control
Keeping The Termites Away

There are only a handful of things in life that are “permanent” no matter what you might read on product packages or hear in advertisements and treatment for termites is not one of those things.

Termiticides can give a permanent death to existing termite colonies and create a barrier that repels termites, but these treatments only last about a half decade. Although they can sometimes last up to nine years, they do not provide complete coverage and termites can get through them sometimes in tiny spots that are not much larger than 1/16 an inch wide.

If you have ever been told that your home was previously treated for termites and that it would never need re-treatment, the following likely happened:

  1. The person who gave you that information lied to you to get you to buy the property.
  1. The person mistakenly gave you incorrect information.
  1. You misunderstood and now too much time has passed between treatments.
  1. Someone found an active termite infestation in your home that needs treatment.

Whatever the case, you should request yearly inspections by an expert Tom’s River exterminator. If you do need someone to perform another termiticide treatment on your property, hire an exterminator as over the counter products are typically ineffective and only a professional can legally use more potent alternatives.

Our team at Allison Pest Control offers free inspections in Monmouth and Ocean counties. Contact us today for details!

How to Identify Subterranean Termites

Subterranean Termites
Subterranean Termites

We believe at Allison Pest Control that the best way to offer Monmouth and Tom’s River pest control services is by first teaching home and business owners how to identify harmful insects that live in New Jersey.

Subterranean termites are nearly invisible to the untrained eye and they can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage and lengthy repairs.

You can identify subterranean termites two ways:

Property Damage

Wood damage such as holes and tunnels often indicates termite infestation, but different insects leave different markings. Additionally, wood damage isn’t the only indicator. Look for:

  • Damage along the wood grain instead of across it.
  • Holes and tunnels in the soil or mud in plant boxes or near trees, shrubs, foundations, walls, decks, steps and fences.

Physical Appearance

Termites live in colonies that have a queen, other reproductives, workers and soldiers. Most termites are about 1/4 to 3/8 inch long. Look for:

  • Specific castes – Reproductives have thin, uniform-shaped white, cream, pale yellow/brown or black bodies with or without gray wings. Workers have wider, wingless white or cream bodies. Soldiers have larger heads and mandibles than workers.
  • Ant comparisons – Termites look similar but have wider waists, straight antennae and little wing variation.

If you suspect you have a subterranean termite infestation, never attempt D-I-Y eradication. Contact us through any of our region-specific numbers today. Allison Pest Control has been helping New Jersey residents for almost a hundred years!