Category Archives: Wood Destroying Insects

Three Things You Didn’t Know About Termite Communication

Year Round Problem
The Trouble With Termites

Termites are always working hard, no matter what they’re doing. They build long tunnels and complicated chambers, and you’d better believe they’re always communicating with each other. Otherwise, how could these projects get completed? In fact, communication is very important to termites, and as your Toms River pest control experts, we’d like to go over some things we’re sure you didn’t know about the way termites get their messages across.

The Queen is in Charge – This might make sense to you, but did you know she orders the other termites around by releasing chemicals that contain vital messages? They pass the chemicals to each other as a way to communicate what their next projects should be.

Termites are Headbangers – There are only so many ways termites have to alert each other of pending danger. Banging their heads has proven to be an effect method, and they’ll do so on a nearby wall. That way soldiers can prepare to defend the colony.

They Have Unique Ways to Measure Available Food – Vibroacoustics are used when termites chew through their food sources. The other termites hear the vibrations and have a terrific understanding of how much food is available for the colony.

While these are fascinating facts, when you have a termite infestation, you just want them to be removed. If you have reason to suspect your one is infested, contact us, your Toms River pest control specialists.

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.

Termites Know No Season – Chomping Year Round

Termites Will Eat Your Home Tear Round
Termites Will Eat Your Home Tear Round

Living in cozy underground nests and traveling to their feeding sites through underground tunnels, NJ termites know no season. Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night will keep these hungry pests from attacking your Monmouth County, New Jersey home or business.

Chomping Year Round

Weather does not affect the Eastern subterranean termites that attack New Jersey homes. NJ pest control experts warn that subterranean termites are a year-round problem in Monmouth and Ocean counties, New Jersey. Subterranean termites nest and travel below the frost line where the ground temperature remains a comfortable 55 degrees Fahrenheit no matter how hot or cold the surface temperature. Existing in perpetual springtime, invading termites can chomp away at your foundation wood 365 days a year!

Chomping Round the Clock

When termites invade, damage escalates not only because of their year-round munching; but also because these wood-eating insects chomp around the clock. Termites never sleep. Navigating through dark tunnels, blind workers continuously scurry between their nest and food sources. To feed their massive colonies, these workaholics of the insect world munch 24 hours a day without breaks or rest. When termites invade, the chomping never stops!

Year After Year

Termites are not a short-term NJ pest control problem. Worker termites only live two years, but termite queens can live 15 to 25 years. Queens lay an egg about every 15 seconds, allowing colonies to quickly reach massive numbers. Colonies of a million or more termites and multiple colonies on the same property are not unusual.

NJ termite extermination requires professional treatment. Visit our website to find out how to protect your NJ home or business from termites.

What Happens to Termite Colonies in the Winter in New Jersey?

The Termites
The Termites

Many insects die or hibernate during the cold winter months, but the Eastern subterranean termites that plague Monmouth County, New Jersey homes and businesses are a year-round problem, warn NJ pest control experts. If these wood-eating insects invade your home or business, they will be munching on your foundation 24/7/365!

Underground Protection

Subterranean termites build their nests underground where colonies are unaffected by winter’s frigid cold or summer’s broiling heat. In the band of earth below the frost line and above the water table, the ground temperature in Monmouth County and Ocean County, New Jersey remains a comfortable 55 degrees year round. At this temperature termites can easily dig through the soil, tunneling through the ground to find new food sources.

Voracious Appetite

To keep their huge colonies fed, New Jersey termites never stop eating. A mature colony of 60,000 termites can consume one lineal foot of 2-by-4 wood every 120 days. Termite colonies that number in the hundreds of thousands can significantly increasing damage rates. Because termites do their feeding out of sight, significant damage can occur before their presence is discovered. If untreated by an experienced NJ pest control expert, eventual structural collapse can occur.

Winter Damage

During the winter, termite activity in New Jersey homes and commercial buildings can actually increase. The structural timbers of heated basements provide an accessible food source when frost prevents termites from tunneling through the frozen ground to reach surface food sources such as wood piles and fallen trees.

One in five New Jersey homes will suffer termite damage. Make sure yours isn’t one of them; contact Allison Pest Control’s termite exterminators for a free pest inspection.

Top Summer Pests in NJ Homes

Year Round Problem
Year Round Problem

Summer is bug weather. Numerous insects thrive in Monmouth County, New Jersey’s summertime heat and humidity. Ants, termites, fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, bed bugs, crickets, cockroaches, earwigs, millipedes, bees, wasps and a seemingly endless list of creepy crawlies explode in number during the summer months.

Invasive Home Pests

Most insects are content to stay outdoors where shelter and food are easy to find during the summer. It is only when they inadvertently wander into your home while foraging that many insects become pests. It won’t be until early fall when stink bugs, box elder bugs, ladybugs, crickets and other overwintering problem insects start coming indoors in search of winter shelter that Monmouth County homeowners will feel that their homes are under siege.

However, there are year-round pests like wood destroying termites and carpenter ants that frequently take up residence in Monmouth County homes and can cause considerable structural damage when they do. Certain pests like cockroaches and ants are also frequent home invaders, finding plentiful food supplies in our kitchens and comfortable shelter behind appliances and cabinetry.

Outdoor Yard Pests

Even when insects do not invade our homes, we can find their presence intolerable when they locate their nests or hives in our yards. Stinging bees and wasps and disease carrying mosquitoes, ticks and fleas can turn Ocean County yards into danger zones and wood-destroying carpenter bees can chase us off our porches and decks.

Seasonal extermination services by an experienced Monmouth County exterminator can end your summer (and winter) pest problems. Contact Allison Pest Control today to find out about our home pest protection plans for residents of Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex counties, New Jersey.

Five Fun Facts About Carpenter Bees

That's No Bumble Bee
That’s No Bumble Bee

Often mistaken for large bumblebees, despite their similar size and docile nature, carpenter bees are very unique:

1. The women pack more punch.

Distinguished from the solid black head of females, males lack stingers and can be identified by white or yellow patches. Both can be aggressive when defending nests and unnerve passersby unable to differentiate the two.

2. They don’t eat wood.

Carpenter bees don’t consume wood at any point in their life cycle. They simply excavate tunnels for shelter in order to raise young. Carpenter bees enjoy the nectar of flowers, but break open the flower to do so, robbing the juice without pollinating.

3. They are creatures of habit.

Carpenter bees return to the same location they were born, year after year, re-using existing holes and drilling new nests as their population swells. They don’t live in hives like honey bees, but build individual nests to lay eggs.

4. They can cause serious damage to the structure of your house.

Though holes may only appear an inch or two deep, they can vary in size from six inches to as long as 4 feet, holding eggs and serving as passageways for food delivery. Given enough time, they can chew quite a gallery of tunnels through your home.

5. They can make sound waves with their bodies.

Using the springy flight muscles of their thorax, carpenter bees produce sound waves, pinging in and out and shaking pollen from their bodies in a practice known as buzz pollination.

Want those carpenter bees to buzz off? Count on Allison Pest Control, serving Monmouth and Ocean County residents since 1917.