Category Archives: Wood Destroying Insects

One of Four Types of Termites – Dampwood Termites

Damp Wood Termites
Dampwood Termites

Looking at the termite damage to your home and trying to figure out “whodunit?” The Tom’s River termite control experts at Allison Pest Control are here to put the spotlight on dampwood termites to help you better ID your offenders…

What’s in a name?
As their name suggests, dampwood termites are named after their favorite meal: very moist wood. They need lots of moisture, and as such, require damp environments such as dying wood or homes with moisture problems resulting from leaking plumbing, ailing roofs, or others issues that keep wood wet.

Dampwood mugshot:
Dampwood termites are larger than the other three types of termite species. Colonies don’t have workers. Instead, younger termites – dubbed “false workers” – perform daily tasks for the colony, such as munching your home’s structure. Dampwood termites can be identified by their brownish, 1/2-5/8 inch long, narrow, oval body complete with 6 legs, wings, and antenna.

Dampwood prevention
Dampwood termites typically don’t bother buildings because under normal conditions there is not enough water in the wood. You can keep them away from your home by ensuring sufficient drainage that slants away from your home, replacing damp or damaged wood outside your home, and the timely repair of leaks that could attract them to your home’s structure.

Termite’s munching your home or business eating at you? The Tom’s River termite control experts at Allison Pest Control can help. Contact us today.

Do All Termites Have Wings?

Termites Will Eat Your Home Tear Round
Termite Information

Termites are common household pests, but they can be hard to identify. When you’re trying to decide if you need Tom’s River termite control services, use the following information to determine if you have these pests.

Wings or No Wings?

Some termites have wings, but they only keep them for a certain amount of time. Worker termites that toil away at digging tunnels and making colonies bigger don’t have wings, but you probably won’t see them. Those termites spend their time inside colonies rather than venturing outside. The termites you’re most likely to see in your home are winged ones that swarm in spring in order to mate. These bugs shed their wings after fertilization occurs, so you might notice their discarded wings near windows in your home.

Termites or Flying Ants?

If you think you see winged termites in your home, keep in mind that they could be flying ants. Termites have different sized wings, while flying ants have wings that are the same size. Whether you have termites or flying ants, it’s crucial to have pest control experts deal with infestations before these pests cause serious damage to your home. Termites and flying ants can multiply quickly and be tough to get rid of.

If you think you might have termites, contact Allison Pest Control. Our Tom’s River termite control professionals can inspect your home and handle any infestations we find.

Do Termite Colonies Have a King?

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Do Termites Have a King

You may have heard about every termite colony having a queen, but did you know that they must have a king as well? Yes, that’s true! Each termite colony is actually controlled by a queen and a king, and without a king, a termite colony will fall into disarray.

The King’s Function

Every termite queen needs to mate before she starts a colony, and to do that she selects a king from the swarm. They find a space for the colony to grow, and initially, he helps her start up the colony and take care of the termite larvae. Once the larvae have matured, they take over care of the colony. Thereafter, both the king and queen encase themselves inside a special part of the hive, called the “queen’s chamber,” and from there they rule.

Giving Orders

Both the king and the queen continue to release pheromones, which keep the termites from gaining sexual maturity, while keeping these immature termites essentially as slaves to the royal couple.

If you you would like to know more about termites, want more information about the king and the queen and their effect on the colony, or need to control them, please contact us at Allison Pest Control. We are Freehold exterminators serving Monmouth and Ocean County for nearly 100 years.

What Damage Do Termites Cause and What Does It Look Like?

Termites Can Cause Serious Damage to Your Home
Termites Can Cause Serious Damage to Your Home

Termites can cause serious damage to homes, but it’s not always easy to spot. These pests can eat away at wooden structures from the inside. While these structures appear solid on the outside, they might be hollow and weak on the inside.

How can you tell if you need to have Freehold exterminators over to handle a termite infestation? These are the common signs of termite damage:

• Floors that are buckled

• Windows or door frames that droop or sag

• Ceilings that have a sunken appearance

• Cracks and tiny holes in wood

These signs indicate that termites are inside the walls of your home and have already caused significant damage to the wood. This can make your home dangerous due to the risk of having floors, ceilings or other structures collapse.

It’s crucial to have pest control professionals inspect your home for termite infestations before structural damage happens in order to keep you and your family safe.

Keep in mind that you might have an easier time discovering you have a pest problem if you see termites swarming inside your home. This typically happens during spring, so be on the lookout for these insects at this time.

If you’ve seen any signs of termite damage in your NJ home, don’t hesitate to call Allison Pest Control. Our Freehold exterminators can handle termite infestations and rid your home of these pests.

How Long Does a Termite Queen Live and How Many Eggs Will She Lay?

About Termites and Their Queen
About Termites and Their Queen

Termites are notorious for building large colonies and causing costly and potentially dangerous damage to homes throughout NJ. Our Tom’s River termite control professionals deal with these pests on a regular basis, since infestations are common.

One of the reasons that termites are so numerous is due to the queen and the number of eggs she’s capable of producing during her lifetime.

Termite queens can live for decades if they have a well-protected colony that keeps them safe from predators. This long lifespan is unusual for insects in general, but it also helps explain why termite infestations tend to be large.

Queens can lay two dozen or more eggs at a time, and they have the ability to lay them all throughout their life. That can add up to a considerably large number of new termites produced over a queen’s decades-long lifespan.

Termite eggs are big enough to see, but they can be hard to find since they’re typically in underground nests or other locations that provide them with plenty of shelter.

Keep in mind that spotting eggs doesn’t necessarily indicate an infestation in the home. Seeing adult termites swarm is considered a definite sign of an infestation, though. It’s important to have infestations cleared up quickly to prevent structural damage.

If you have termites in your home, contact Allison Pest Control right away. We offer dependable Tom’s River termite control.

What Are Pheromones and How Do Termites Use Them?

Pharamones
Pheromones

Termites keep our Tom’s River termite control professionals busy each year. These pests can build up enormous colonies that contain thousands of termites, which increases the risk of serious damage to homes. One of the ways in which termites keep these colonies so well-organized is through the use of pheromones.

The king and queen of each termite colony emit chemicals called pheromones, which help determine how the colony is set up. These pheromones control the number of larvae that turn into workers, soldiers, and winged termites called alates.

Workers help build and expand the colony by digging tunnels, while soldiers defend it. Alates swarm each spring and perform what is known as a nuptial flight in which they mate in order to form new colonies. If something happens to the king or queen, these pheromones are no longer emitted.

Termite colonies are highly efficient and typically contain very large numbers of these pests. Since more and more termites are produced on a regular basis, it’s important to have pest control handle infestations as soon as possible.

The longer you wait, the bigger an infestation can get, leading to serious damage to your home. Having termite infestations stopped early helps protect your home and your family.

Our Tom’s River termite control experts offer reliable service. If you have termites in your home, contact Allison Pest Control.