Category Archives: Wood Destroying Insects

Three Things We Bet You Didn’t Know About Termites

About Termites
About Termites

Most homeowners know that termites mean bad news. These insects chew through wooden structures, causing expensive damage to homes until they’re dealt with through professional NJ termite control. While termites feeding on wood is commonly known, there are other facts about these pests that you might not be aware of.

Distribution

Termites of different species are found in nearly all parts of the world except Antarctica. While Europe and North America have low numbers of termite species, South America and Africa have the highest numbers. Roughly one-third of termite species are found on the African continent, where they build huge mounds.

Diet

While many termite species have a diet that mainly includes wood, some species eat other types of materials, including grass, humus and roots. Since wood can be difficult for termites to properly digest, they typically feed on rotted wood that contains fungi.

Defense

Termites release alarm pheromones to alert other colony members to potential threats, such as the nest being invaded by predators. Those that act as soldier termites might also bang their heads to sound an alarm to nearby soldiers. They often block passages and tunnels in the nest to keep attackers at bay as well.

If you have a termite problem, Allison Pest Control is here to help. Contact us for safe and reliable NJ termite control to minimize damage to your home.

What You Should Know About Eastern Subterranean Termites

Winter Does Not Stop TErmites
Subterranean Termites

If you’ve ever noticed a bunch of termites swarming around your home, that’s a good indication that you have an infestation. These wood-eating insects are a common problem that our Toms River NJ pest control company deals with. These termites, which are known as Eastern Subterranean Termites, burrow in the ground, but they can make their way inside buildings.

Eastern Subterranean Termites can gain access to homes and businesses through small cracks in foundations or crawl spaces. They can also enter attics by climbing over tree limbs. Once they get inside, they proceed to chew through wood, which can have disastrous consequences.

Termites can cause dangerous and expensive structural damage to buildings and ruin insulation. You can identify these pests by their dark brown color and slender, elongated shape, which makes them resemble flying ants.

Although there are different termite castes in each colony, you’re most likely to see swarmers when you find these pests in your home. Soldiers, workers and other castes typically remain in the ground. If you’ve seen Eastern Subterranean Termites in or around your home, having them removed as soon as possible is essential in order to lower the risk of damage to your property.

Don’t give Eastern Subterranean Termites a chance to damage your home. Contact our Toms River NJ pest control company right away for prompt and reliable service.

 

Termite 101 – What NJ Residents Need to Know

Termite Control
Termite Control

You probably know that termites can cause significant amounts of damage to your home, but how much do you know about the way this species lives? Termites do more than just chew away at wood inside homes. They also have very active lives within their colonies.

Termites are capable of doing damage to a home because there are usually tons of them living in a single colony. Each mating season, winged female and male termites leave their nests and pair up in order to mate and search for a new nesting place. After mating, males and females lose their wings and spend their lives with the same colony. Each colony has a king and queen, as well as thousands of workers. The workers are arranged in castes that perform different tasks, such as building nests, foraging for food or guarding the colony from attacks.

Termites use pheromones to communicate the location of food. They might also use these chemically produced scents to prevent workers from reproducing. Some termites also hit their heads against the walls or floor of their tunnels to alert other colony members about threats. The size of termite colonies and their effective communication methods allow this species to thrive in homes.

If you’ve been struggling with a termite problem, contact Allison Pest Control. Our Tom’s River Pest Control experts will get rid of a termite infestation in your home safely and efficiently.

What Summer Pests Are Headed Our Way?

Less Insects from the Cold Winter
The Cold Winter Was Good And Bad

While summer brings many things we love, like warm weather, family vacation and backyard barbecues, it also brings pests out of hibernation. The extreme winter weather we saw in the 2014-15 season may have slowed bugs down, according to entomologists, but they will be out in full force just in time to enjoy summer with us.

The National Pest Management Association released their Bug Barometer in April. This separates the country into five regions and shows the pest population in each of these five regions. Using the Bug Barometer, the NPMA analyzes weather trends and predicts how the weather will affect the pest population.

What can we expect this summer in the Northeast?

  • Termite season is delayed because of the excess of cold, snow and deep ground freezing last winter. Wasp and bee queens are also affected by this.
  • Carpenter ant activity has increased due to moist conditions caused by snow and water leaks from ice dams. Ticks also thrive in these conditions and are expected to increase, too.
  • Mosquitoes may have increased because of standing water that was created after the snowfall this past season

Extreme weather conditions, hot or cold, tend to drive pests in to your house, according to the NPMA. Read the full article to see the trends in other areas of the nation.

If you have a problem with any kind of pest, call your New Jersey Pest Control experts today!

Are Termite Treatments “Permanent”?

Termite Control
Keeping The Termites Away

There are only a handful of things in life that are “permanent” no matter what you might read on product packages or hear in advertisements and treatment for termites is not one of those things.

Termiticides can give a permanent death to existing termite colonies and create a barrier that repels termites, but these treatments only last about a half decade. Although they can sometimes last up to nine years, they do not provide complete coverage and termites can get through them sometimes in tiny spots that are not much larger than 1/16 an inch wide.

If you have ever been told that your home was previously treated for termites and that it would never need re-treatment, the following likely happened:

  1. The person who gave you that information lied to you to get you to buy the property.
  1. The person mistakenly gave you incorrect information.
  1. You misunderstood and now too much time has passed between treatments.
  1. Someone found an active termite infestation in your home that needs treatment.

Whatever the case, you should request yearly inspections by an expert Tom’s River exterminator. If you do need someone to perform another termiticide treatment on your property, hire an exterminator as over the counter products are typically ineffective and only a professional can legally use more potent alternatives.

Our team at Allison Pest Control offers free inspections in Monmouth and Ocean counties. Contact us today for details!

How Do You Know If You Have Termites in Your NJ Home?

Termite Control
Termites

Unlike other types of insects, such as carpenter bees, that leave behind very obvious signs of wood infestation and damage, termites are adept at hiding their presence in homes and outbuildings.

Evidence of a Termite Colony

Since a colony can eat and destroy large portions of wood structures in less than a half year, it’s important to keep an eye out for the following in and around your New Jersey home:

  • Mud tubes built underground in soil and mud and/or across lower walls, patios, fences, sheds, flower boxes, steps, basements and other dark places. Typically, these mud “tunnels” are thin as a pencil and branching, but you might find some built up ones in dark crawl spaces, for example, that are a lot wider.
  • Any type of weakness in what should be solid wood can indicate that termites have been eating through it, such as sudden unexplained sagging and cracking; as well as wood that pushes in when you press on it or sounds hollow when you tap its surfaces.
  • A pile of what looks like dirt or sawdust is an obvious indicator.
  • Termites are known to make these piles in room corners near wooden baseboards and on wooden windowsills.

Allison Pest Control offers a free inspections as part of our Ocean County and Monmouth County pest control services. If you find signs of a termite colony infestation, or you’re still uncertain, contact us today!