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Home Buyers and Sellers Keep Termites a Lively Summer Topic

Don't Let These Termites Become the New Residents of Your Home!
Don’t Let These Termites Become the New Residents of Your Home!

If you’re buying or selling a home this season, one of the most important concerns you should have is a termite infestation. These destructive pests can cause damage that ends up costing you a ton of money.

For home sellers and buyers, an unexpected termite infestation means having to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars to eradicate them and repair the damage. For sellers, it means having a harder time finding buyers.

Termites aren’t always easy to spot. When you do see them, they might have already caused considerable damage to your home because Termites are non-stop eaters that feed on wood and other construction materials.

Termites in the US cause billions of dollars in structural damage each year and can make homes hazardous to live in. The earlier you notice a termite infestation, the lower your risk of expensive damage to your home.

You can check for signs of termites, such as tapping on wood to see if it sounds hollow or looking for mud tubes around your home. However, having a professional inspection done by NJ pest control experts is the most effective way to determine if you have these pests.

If you think your home has a termite problem, contact our NJ pest control experts right away. Allison Pest Control offers dependable service when you need termites and other pests removed from your home.

What Termite Signs to Watch For When You Garden

Termite Swarmers
Termite Swarmers

The best place to find termites is when you’re outside in your yard or garden. This is where you are in the termites’ element and if you have a garden that is adjacent to your home, it’s even better.

What Attracts Termites

Mulch piles next to the foundation, wooden trellises with vines that connect to siding, trees and bushes that touch your home, and stacks of firewood nearby, among others, can lead termites to find a way into your home. The placement of these things is critical for termites to get inside, so when you are out in the garden, here’s what to look for.

Termite Signs

The most important sign is mud tubes leading up from the ground and into a crack or a hole. Another sign is winged swarmers during the spring as the temperature rises. These flying termites look like flying ants, but their antennae are straight and they have thick waists as opposed to an ant’s thin waist. If you see swarmers in your home or notice them directly leaving a hole or crack in your foundation, you have a termite problem and a NJ pest control specialist should be called in.

If you have any questions about termites, where to look and how to control them, please contact Allison Pest Control. We offer a free pest inspection and have been proudly serving the Monmouth and Ocean Counties since 1917.

What Do Termite Eggs Look Like and When Do They Hatch?

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Signs of Termites?  Call Freehold Exterminators Immediately!

Termites can cause a lot of costly damage to your home and even make it dangerous to live in. Knowing the signs of termites can help you prevent an infestation from becoming worse, especially when you have Freehold Exterminators handle it right away.

Termite queens lay their eggs deep inside the nest, so you’re not likely to come across them. These nests are built in the ground, where the eggs can grow without being exposed to light. If you think you have eggs in your home, they’re probably droppings from adult termites instead.

If you uncover a nest, the Termite eggs can be hard to spot. They’re almost clear, but they have a light cream-colored tone to them. The eggs are very small and can number in the thousands. During the active seasons, they usually hatch within 30 days after being laid.

It’s important to note that termite populations can grow rapidly. Queens are capable of producing thousands of eggs throughout their lifetime. The earlier you detect and deal with termite infestations in your home or on your property, the lower your risk is of ending up with extensive damage.

Whether you see noticeable wood damage or termites swarming, it’s crucial to have termite professionals handle this problem.

If you think you have termites on your property, contact our Freehold exterminators. Allison Pest Control offers reliable pest control services for NJ homeowners.

 

Fourth of Four Types of Termites – Subterranean Termites

Subterranean Termites Are The Most Destructive Of All Termites
Subterranean Termites Are The Most Destructive Of All Termites

Termites are among the most common household pests. They can also be the most difficult to get rid of due to their numbers. One type of termite, known as the subterranean termite, can build colonies that number as many as 2 million.

Subterranean termites are light brown bugs with long, thin bodies that have an oval shape. These bugs don’t just feed on wooden structures. They also eat plastic, plant-based fabrics and even wallpaper.

Subterranean termites cause the most destruction out of all termite types, thanks to the amount of wood and other materials they eat. When you have subterranean termites, they can destroy your home’s foundation, pipes made of plastic, insulation and the trees in your yard.

Having Tom’s River termite control professionals handle infestations is the best way to lower the risk of serious damage to your home and property. You can also take steps to prevent subterranean termites from getting inside by doing the following:

• Don’t leave pieces of wood lying around your yard for these termites to eat.

• Check water drains to ensure that they’re not facing toward your home.

• Get rid of any water that accumulates around the foundation of your house.

When you have termites in your home, it’s important to get rid of them quickly. Our Tom’s River termite control experts can help. Contact Allison Pest Control for more information.

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.

Second of Four Types of Termites – Drywood Termites

Termite Types
Termite Types

What’s that munching on your home’s structure? It could be drywood termites. How can you tell? Allison Pest Control’s expert Freehold exterminators are here with a little 9-1-1 to better help you classify these criminals.

What’s in a name?
Drywood termites do not require moisture or contact with soil to be drawn to your home. These tenacious termites can tunnel and nest in buildings, causing major damage to wooden support beams, ultimately destroying structures. And they won’t stop there. They’ll also munch wallpaper, plastics, and fabric made from plants.

Drywood mugshot:
Drywood termites can be identified by their 3/8-inch, light brown, long and oval bodies sporting 6 legs, wings, and antennae. Colonies do not have workers, instead younger termites, dubbed “false workers,” do the work for the colony.

Drywood termite prevention
Though prevention is more difficult than with subterranean species, drywood termites can be prevented from entering your home’s structure:

• Screen attic and foundation vents with bug screens to prevent infiltration.

• Store all firewood, lumber, and scrap wood well away from your home.

• Seal all cracks and crevices around the outside of your home to prevent drywood termite infestation.

• Where possible, paint your home’s structure. Drywood termites will not enter wood that has a good coat of paint.

Don’t let these terrifying termites have free range on your Freehold structure. Get the help you need with the Freehold exterminators at Allison Pest Control today.