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Flooding and the Impact on Termite Treatment

Keeping The Termites Away
Keeping The Termites Away

Unusual storms and other weather conditions have raised the risk of flooding in and around NJ. In addition to causing water damage to homes, floods can also make it more challenging to perform termite control NJ services.


Chemical products that are used to get rid of termites, called termiticides, are typically applied to soil. These products need to be able to permeate the soil in order to be effective. When the ground is wet from flooding, this can prevent termiticides from working as moving water and soil affect the treated area.


Bait and monitor stations are commonly used to control termites and eliminate infestations in residential areas. Flooding makes this type of termite treatment more difficult since moving water can dump debris on these stations and cover them up. This prevents termites from entering them and carrying bait back to their nests. These stations can also be hard to find if they’ve been covered up. Flooding can also cause material used in monitoring stations to decay.

Keep in mind that termite infestations can spread to other areas after flooding when tree limbs and fallen trees are tossed away. These should be checked for termites before being moved to any other location.

Don’t wait for termites to take over your NJ home. Contact Allison Pest Control for more information on our termite control NJ services.

What Is ‘Frass’?

Whats That Dust?
Whats That Dust?

Dictionary.com defines ‘frass’ as “the refuse and excrement of boring or leaf-eating insects.” More commonly, many home and organic gardeners refer to frass as “insect poop.” While the excrement of plant-eating insect larvae such as caterpillars is called frass and sold as a natural garden fertilizer; to New Jersey pest extermination professionals, frass is an indication of a serious insect infestation by wood-destroying insect pests.

How Is Frass Formed?

In the insect world, frass is a fine, powdery, sawdust-like by-product of the boring and tunneling activity of wood-destroying pests, including carpenter ants, carpenter bees, termites and powderpost beetles. Appropriately derived from German words meaning “to devour” and “insect damage,” frass is a mixture of wood particles, insect saliva and excrement left behind as certain insects or their larvae chew tunnels into raw wood. Frass from termite activity is less evident than that from the activity of other wood-destroying insects because the Eastern subterranean termites that infest Monmouth County homes and businesses pack their tunnels with mud to maintain the humid environment these insects require.

Sign of Infestation

Frass is a much more obvious sign of insect infestation where carpenter ants, powderpost beetles and carpenter bees are concerned because these insects bore hollow tunnels into wood. Infestations of these insects often produce piles of frass at insect entry points that help expert insect exterminators NJ locate and identify wood-destroying insect infestations. Like termites, powderpost beetle larvae actually ingest wood as they tunnel through it. Carpenter ants and carpenter bees, however, do not. These insects feed on the same materials as other ants and bees, tunneling into wood to lay their eggs or create large hollow galleries to house their nurseries.

If you find frass, call the pest extermination professionals at Allison Pest Control for a free pest inspection.