Category Archives: Wood Destroying Insects

Three Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Carpenter Bees

Carpenter Bees
Carpenter Bees

As if it wasn’t bad enough dealing with carpenter ants and termites, carpenter bees are also a source of aggravation for NJ homeowners. These pests have a nasty habit of tunneling into wooden structures like decks and porches. Males can also be aggressive during spring mating season, hovering annoyingly as you try to relax outside.

While it’s visually difficult to distinguish carpenter bees from bumblebees, they do have some significant differences. Here are some facts you may not know about these insects.

  • Unlike bumblebees that nest in the ground in social communities, carpenter bees live alone, burrowing into wooden structures. Another telltale sign is on the upper side of the abdomen, which is shiny and hairless on a carpenter bee.
  • While male carpenter bees may put up a macho front, sometimes even flying directly into you, they cannot sting. On the other hand, female carpenter bees can sting but rarely do so unless provoked to the point of feeling threatened.
  • Carpenter bees do not eat wood like termites do. Problems arise when they are left to tunnel into the same structure year after year, which can result in serious structural damage.

Have you noticed bees lurking around the deck of your NJ home? Don’t try to solve the problem on your own. Contact us for safe and effective extermination of carpenter bees or any other insect or animal pests.

Carpenter Ants: a Hidden Pest

Carpenter Ants
Carpenter Ants

We see them all the time. The tiny bug with antenna busily working away making tunnels, gathering food, and just all around staying organized and on top of the situation. These tiny creatures are ants and  can carry the title of “busy bees” easily.

The opposite in size of the tiny ants are the super-sized carpenter ants. These large black ants are the largest in North America. These super ants can grown to nearly an inch long. They have a sweet tooth which is provided by aphids in your garden. The ants protect, tend, and feed the aphid colonies so they have an endless supply of the sweet juice produced by aphids.

They’re also clean bugs removing unhealthy items from their colony. They also collect plant resins to use to clean the nests.

Strength is a virtue and carpenter ants have extremely powerful jaws that allow them to lift items that are up to 7 times their weight. Carpenter ants use their powerful jaws to chew and the favorite item is wood.

Decaying logs are a prime location for carpenter ants to retain their colonies. When decaying trees aren’t readily available, the wood foundation of your home is the next best place causing costly repairs.

Contact our office and let our expert staff help you with your pest problems. Like we say on our website, give us a call and “Never worry about bugs again”.

Three Facts About Carpenter Ants You May Not Know

Carpenter Ant Control
Carpenter Ant Facts

One of the most common ant species in New Jersey, carpenter ants can be found destroying wood and terrorizing local homeowners and businesses. Have you seen these large, red and black ants around your property? Learn about carpenter ants so you know what to look for, and when to call for professional ant control.

Carpenter ants do not eat wood: Think of them as demolition ants, not carpenter ants. They destroy wood but do not eat it. Carpenter ants damage wood structures while tunneling to build nests or create routes to food. They are known to eat meat and sugary foods, so protect your sugar, honey, cereals, and pet foods.

Winged queens can be mistaken for small wasps: When mating, queen carpenter ants have large wings. They shed the wings after mating when they start looking for nesting grounds. Consider a large carpenter ant with wings a sign that you need a pest control professional before a new nest gets built inside or near your home.

Carpenter ant sawdust contains insect parts: This helps distinguish ant sawdust from termite sawdust. Carpenter ant sawdust consists of fine dust with some ant body parts mixed in. Termites leave coarser sawdust with droppings in it.

Much like termites, carpenter ants cause New Jersey residents a major nuisance and massive property damage. Call Allison Pest Control to protect your house or business from a messy and dangerous infestation.

Three Factoids About Subterranean Termites

Winter Does Not Stop TErmites

Subterranean termites damage 1 out of 5 homes in New Jersey every year, so it’s worth learning about these annoying, destructive pests. By the time they have started chewing up your home’s lumber, termites have usually established quite a colony underground — hence the name subterranean.

Three facts to know about identifying a subterranean termite infestation:

Termite are both winged and wingless

Worker termites do not have wings, but other members of their colony have wings. So if you see winged insects, they may indeed be termites! Basic termite identification: winged termites are reproducers and wingless termites are workers.

Termites carefully build a network of tubes

Between their underground colony and the wood structures of your house that they destroy, termites travel in a series of mud tubes. These tubes are often easier to identify than other signs of an active colony. You can look for tunnels leading away from your foundation or wood structures.

Termites rely on wood that touches soil

They travel far and wide for food, but termites really rely on finding wood that directly touches the soil. If you’ve spotted termites indoors, you can start looking for destructive activity wherever your house, porch supports, or other wood is in contact with dirt.

If you’ve seen clear yellowish bugs around your windowsills or near lights, you may have a termite problem. Turn to New Jersey’s termite experts at Allison Pest Control for help.

How Do NJ Subterranean Termites Communicate

Subterranean Turmites
Subterranean Turmites

Are you fluent in termite-speak? While most people may not appreciate their industriousness, the precise organization and complex work of termite colonies requires effective communication. Termites interact using unique forms of communication that may provide a key to more effective pest control.

  • Chemical secretions form the primary “language” of termites. The colony’s queen lets the workers know her location and instructions by depositing a chemical trace. As the colony members share food and fluids, her commands are passed along from termite to termite.
  • While chemical deposits can carry a surprising amount of information, its transmission is time-consuming. In the case of an immediate threat to the colony such as invasion by a predator, termites bang their heads into the chamber walls to create vibrations that are quickly sensed by the others.
  • Vibrations also play a role in measuring the colony’s food supply. As termites chew through wood, the noise sets off vibrations in a process known as vibroacoustics. The quality of the vibrations allows the termites to gauge the abundance of food so they can determine whether or not they need additional sources.

If you find evidence of termites in your Monmouth County home, you don’t need to brush up on language skills. Our skilled technicians of Allison Pest Control have years of experience with effective elimination of termites and other household pests. Contact us today to schedule an inspection.

Carpenter Bees Start Buzzing in April in New Jersey

Carpenter Bee Season
Carpenter Bee Season

Spring’s warm weather and blooming flowers bring all kinds of insects out of the woodwork. When it comes to carpenter bees, this isn’t just a figure of speech. These bees make their nests in trees and the wooden frames of houses.

Signs of Carpenter Bee Infestations

The easiest way to tell if you might have a carpenter bee problem in your home is to look for them outside. You might see several of these large bees hovering near the eaves of your home, which could indicate that they’ve built a nest inside. Carpenter bees look a lot like bumblebees, but they typically have less hair on their abdomens. They drill small holes in wood in order to create an entrance for their nests, so you can look for these around your home as well.

Problems With Carpenter Bees

Although carpenter bees don’t actually eat wood, they can do a lot of damage to it by tunneling or drilling through it. Their extensive network of tunnels and branches can end up causing costly and potentially dangerous structural problems. If you’re worried about being stung, this usually isn’t a problem with carpenter bees. Male bees, which are usually the ones flying around, don’t sting, but females can when they’re provoked.

If you’re having a carpenter bee problem, contact Allison Pest Control. Our Colts Neck Pest Control experts can remove them before they cause damage to your home.