Category Archives: Wood Destroying Insects

Carpenter Ants: Where do They Like to Nest?

Pesky Neighbors: Don't Let Carpenter Ants Make Your Home Their's
Pesky Neighbors: Don’t Let Carpenter Ants Make Your Home Their’s

Small black ants are a common sight during summer, but what about those larger ones? If you see big black ants in or around your home, you might have a problem with carpenter ants. These ants won’t go after your food as other ants do. Instead, they’re more likely to cause a considerable amount of damage to wood structures in your home.

Carpenter ants don’t feed on wood, but they do chew it up in order to create tunnels and build nests. They prefer building with wood that is soft from water damage, since it’s easier to chew through.

These ants have several ways to get into your home, including through door frames, window frames, plumbing lines, tree limbs, and shrubs. They prefer staying where there’s plenty of moisture, so they tend to build nests in places such as wall cavities that are damp, water-damaged window sills, and roofs that have water damage.

Once they’re inside, they chew their way through soft wood, as well as healthy wood, to build and expand their nesting site. It’s important to get in touch with NJ pest control experts if you spot carpenter ants inside your home, since they can cause a lot of damage.

If your home has been invaded by carpenter ants, contact Allison Pest Control for help. Our NJ pest control services can help you rid your NJ home of ants and other bugs.

The Carpenter Ant Queen Goes on a “Walkabout”

Stay Vigilant for Ant Swarms and a Wingless Queen
Stay Vigilant for Ant Swarms and a Wingless Queen

Winged swarms of males and females are common in many ant species and especially troublesome if they’re carpenter ants. While some ants live outside your home, carpenter ants seek out moist wooden areas inside for their nests. Knowing what a carpenter ant looks like once she’s shed her wings means you can call Monmouth County Carpenter Ant Control experts to eliminate the threat.

The “walkabout” queen

A winged swarm of ants is full of the reproductive males and females from a nest and once a queen finds a spot to start a nest, she lands and breaks off her wings. This “walkabout” queen then starts building the nest, lays eggs and cares for the immature ants until they become adults and can care for her. Once a nest is established, the queen remains there for life so when you see a wingless queen, you need to act quickly.

Recognizing carpenter ants

As one of the larger ant species, carpenter ants are usually about 1/2 inch long and have a one-segmented node between their thorax and abdomen. Seeing several winged ants in your home means there is a nest inside and you need to call Monmouth County Carpenter Ant Control to eliminate the pests. Untreated, carpenter ants can cause damage as they nest in water-damaged wood.

Remove the potential threat of a wingless carpenter ant queen with Monmouth County Carpenter Ant Control by Allison Pest Control.

Carpenter Ants, The Hidden Hazard Eating Your Home

Got a Carpenter Ant Problem? Call Allison Pest Today.
Got a Carpenter Ant Problem? Call Allison Pest Today.

When you see a large, black ant, it’s probably a carpenter ant because they’re the largest species of ants in the United States. Ranging from 1/4-3/4 inch long, these ants can cause damage to your home you may not know about until too late. Prevent damage with NJ Carpenter Ant Control that eliminates the pests and prevents further infestation.

Indications of carpenter ants

Carpenter ants damage wood and as they don’t usually nest in dry wood, this means the wood in your home is their preferred home. Indications of a carpenter ant infestation include seeing them inside and in severe cases, finding wood shaving piles beneath wooden items in your home. Hearing faint rustling noises inside walls and woodwork is another sign of carpenter ant infestation. If you see ants with wings come out from walls, crevices and ceilings, you probably have an infestation that requires NJ Carpenter Ant Control.

Carpenter ant nest locations

If you have wooden structures in your home that have existing damage from insects, this is a prime location for carpenter ants. Such areas include doorframes, wall voids, sinks, windows, bath traps and chimneys. With the right conditions, including moist wood and protection from predators, carpenter ants create nests and thrive. By the time you see the signs, it can be too late.

To prevent the invasion and damage from these pests, consult our professionals in NJ Carpenter Ant Control today.

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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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.