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Do You Know the Early Signs of a Termite Infestation?

We Can Help You Recognize the Signs of Termites on Your Home Before Things Are Beyond Repair.
We Can Help You Recognize the Signs of Termites on Your Home Before Things Are Beyond Repair.

When it comes to repairs to your home, one issue can be attributed to a tiny insect – termites. These pests have a voracious appetite for wood that can lead to major problems and leave you with costly repairs.

Signs of Termites

There are several telltale signs that your home has termites setting up residence and are dining on it every day. The following are a few things to look for when doing a visual inspection.

– Holes: Check wood fittings around doors, windowsills, decks, steps, wood paneling, wood floors, doors, or any other wood-based structure for tiny round holes about the size of the head of a nail.

– Cracks: Check all areas for cracks in the wood. Termites eat from the inside out, so instead of holes you may see a series of dry cracks and crevices. Wood that has been eaten by termites is easy to puncture. You can also tap it. If it sounds hollow, most likely termites have been chewing away.

– Droppings: Check around wood areas for a fine powdery substance that resembles sawdust. This fine dust may be droppings from drywood termites.

– Mud tubes: If you see small tunnels, these are termite subways into your home.

If you think your home is at risk, our NJ pest control company can eradicate a termite infestation. For an inspection, contact Allison Pest. Professional technicians at our NJ pest control company are standing by.

Watch Out: The Black Carpenter Ant is Just Starting to Become Active

Is Your Home Safe From These Wood Damaging Ants?
Is Your Home Safe From These Wood Damaging Ants?

If you see a large ant or two in your home, is it time to look for Ocean County pest control services? These big black ants are known as carpenter ants, and they could mean trouble for your home.

Wood Damage

Carpenter ants don’t feed on wood like termites do, but they can still cause a lot of damage to it. These ants are experts at building homes for their colonies inside wood, including wooden structures. They also build homes in telephone poles, dead trees and other outdoor sources of wood. Their tendency to build nests inside homes can lead to tremendous damage when infestations aren’t treated.

Threats to Humans

In addition to causing costly damage to homes, carpenter ants can bite. Their bites don’t usually cause bad reactions, but they can be painful. Carpenter ants typically only bite when they feel threatened.

Carpenter ants can also cause trouble by going after food scraps in homes, which is part of their diet. These ants also eat plant juices, other bugs and fungus. Carpenter ants usually do their foraging during the night, although it’s possible to see them roaming around during the day.

If you have a problem with carpenter ants in your home, contact Allison Pest Control. With our Ocean County pest control services, your home can be free of ants and other pests throughout the year.

What Are the Signs of a Subterranean Termite Infestation?

What Are the Signs of a Subterranean Termite Infestation?
What Are the Signs of a Subterranean Termite Infestation?

Termites are among the worst kinds of infestations homeowners can have. These pests can cause tremendous damage to homes, which makes it important for homeowners to know the signs of an infestation. If you notice any of the following signs of subterranean termites, it’s time to seek help from professional termite control NJ services.

Mud Tubes

Subterranean termites usually won’t make their home inside yours, but they will travel back and forth from their ground nest to your residence while foraging. If you see tubes in your home that have a muddy appearance, this can indicate that you have subterranean termites. These tubes make it safe for termites to forage. Keep in mind that these tubes can be hard to spot, but you will typically find them in certain areas, such as concrete foundations and walls.

Damaged Wood

Wood damage isn’t always easy to see, but some signs include dark spots or blisters in wood floors. You can check for other areas of damaged wood from termites by tapping surfaces and listening for a hollow sound.


The presence of swarmers means you have a termite infestation. You might see these winged termites around doors, windows and light fixtures. Swarmers, which fly out of nearby mud tubes, might also leave discarded wings behind.

If you have termites in your home, give Allison Pest Control a call right away. We offer reliable NJ termite control services.

Strange and Interesting Termite Facts

A Termite Close-Up
A Termite Close-Up

Did you know the fastest animal strike on land is the snapping jaw of a Panamanian termite which has been clocked at 150 mph? Termites put their powerful jaws to good use. These wood-eating insects eat non-stop, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

A colony of just 60,000 termites can devour two lineal feet of pine 2×4 in a single year. Since the typical termite colony can number in the hundreds of thousands to millions, these insects can do considerable damage to your Monmouth County home or business. And because termites do their damage out of site, these voracious pests can go undetected for years, allowing damage to accumulate. Every year, termites do more than $56 billion in damage to U.S. homes and businesses.

The Eastern subterranean termites that attack 1 in 5 Ocean County homes and businesses are entering their expansion phase. Mature colonies produce winged reproductives that climb to the surface from their underground nests and fly off in mating pairs to begin new colonies. If you find groups of winged “ants” milling around on the ground, call an experienced termite exterminator NJ for immediate service.

Termite FAQ

Termites are destructive but also fascinating insects:

• Termites inhabited Earth 20 million years before dinosaurs.

• There are about 1,000 pounds of termites for every person on Earth.

• In Singapore, termite queens are considered a delicious delicacy.

• A termite hill in Africa was 42 feet high, the height of a two-story house.

• Termites forage for food over an area the size of a football field.

• Termite queens live 15-25 years, laying an egg every 15 seconds.

Protect your Monmouth County home or business from damage with an annual termite inspection by experienced termite exterminators NJ. Call Allison Pest Control to schedule yours today.

Termites vs. Carpenter Ants: What’s Destroying Your House

A Carpenter Ant
A Carpenter Ant

Both termites and carpenter ants are wood destroying pests that can cause expensive damage to Monmouth County, NJ homes. Both insect species live in huge social colonies governed by caste systems that dictate each individual’s role in the colony. And both termites and carpenter ants expand their colonies by swarming. However, these two insect species are also very different.

How They’re Different

Termites and carpenter ants both damage wood but in different ways:

Termites do not live in wood but in huge nests deep underground. They tunnel through the earth to feed on wood, consuming the cellulous fiber.

Carpenter ants do not eat wood; they live in it. Like other ants, they are omnivorous, feeding on other insects, plant juices, sweets, fruit, meat and grease. They damage wood by tunneling huge galleries and passages into the wood to house their colonies. In time, wood becomes honeycombed with their tunnels, destroying its structural integrity.

Watch for Swarmers

We are entering swarming season (March through June) when termite and carpenter ant activity is often discovered. Because both of these pests do their damage out of site, the presence of swarmers is often the first indication that a home is infested.

Swarmers of both species look like winged ants, although carpenter ants have the pinched waist and elbowed antenna typical of ants. Both have grayish white wings. In termites, fore and hind wings are the same length and nearly twice as long as the insect’s body. Carpenter ant swarmers have longer fore wings than hind wings.

Both termites and carpenter ants can cause significant damage to your Monmouth County, NJ home. If you spot swarmers this spring, protect your home by calling the ant and termite exterminators NJ at Allison Pest Control.

Now Is Best Time to Schedule New Jersey Termite Inspection

Insects are off the radar of most New Jersey homeowners during the winter. Monmouth County and Ocean County residents don’t typically think about calling an exterminator until spring when ants start marching across kitchen floors. But just because they may be out of sight and out of mind during New Jersey’s cold winter months doesn’t mean you’re safe from insects and the damage they cause. One insect in particular, the Eastern subterranean termite, is active year-round and poses a significant threat to New Jersey homes.

The only termite species found in New Jersey, the Eastern subterranean termite lives in huge underground colonies. Located below the frost line where underground temperatures in New Jersey remain in the 50s year-round, colony activity is unaffected by seasonal weather. Traveling through underground tunnels to reach the foundation timbers of Monmouth County homes, termites feed on cellulose, the fibrous material in wood and wood products. A colony of just 60,000 termites can consume one lineal foot of pine 2-by-4 every four months. Multiply that by the millions of termites that may populate a single colony and significant damage can occur in a relatively short period of time. Left untreated, a large termite colony can eventually cause structural collapse.

Termites damage one in five New Jersey homes, but early detection of these destructive insects can minimize damage. Annual termite inspections by Allison Pest Control’s highly trained and experienced termite exterminators NJ can detect termite presence and exterminate these pests before they damage your Ocean County home. Now is the best time to schedule a termite in section. It is important to have your home inspected before termite colonies start reproducing which can begin as early as March. Call Allison Pest Control to schedule your termite inspection today.