Category Archives: Wood Destroying Insects

Three Things You May Not Have Known About NJ Carpenter Bees

NJ Carpenter Bees
NJ Carpenter Bees

After a harsh winter, spring is here. With warmer temperatures and sunshine come blossoming trees, blooming flowers, and pests of all kinds coming out of hibernation. One that you might see this spring is the carpenter bee. While there are many things you can learn about this bee, there are three things you may not have known about carpenter bees.

What They Do

Carpenter bees are named because they drill perfectly round holes in wood to make their nests. They use their very strong, broad jaws to chew into dead wood, often the limbs or trunks of dead trees. Once they have made a large enough hole, called a gallery, they form pollen/nectar loaves where the female will lay her eggs. She separates each egg with a mix of sawdust and her saliva.

The Difference Between Carpenter Bees and Bumblebees

Carpenter bees can look like bumblebees, but there some notable differences. While bumblebees are social insects, carpenter bees are not, and they have no queen as the ‘leader’. Carpenter bees have a shiny, smooth, black abdomen, as opposed to the yellow, hairy one of the bumblebee. Carpenter bees also have a life expectancy of up to three years. With one or two generations produced each year, that results in a lot of bees. This can make pest control difficult, but not impossible.

Are carpenter bees bugging you? We can help you. Please contact us today!

Termites! What Are the Warning Signs They’ve Moved In to Your NJ Home?

Winter Does Not Stop TErmites
Termite Warning Signs

Termites. Just one word can make any homeowner shudder with fear and anxiety over the thought that they might be invading his home. After a season of lying low, the warm weather always coaxes termites out of hiding, and you’ll have a better chance of getting rid of them if you know the signs to look for. If you see any of these signs, it’s best to contact a NJ pest control specialist right away.

Mud Tubes – In order to stay out of the sun and create an easy path into your home, termites will construct mud tubes. These tubes are about the size of a pencil and you may see them on the land around your home, in your basement or in a crawl space.

Swarms – If you see swarms of bugs in your yard, look a little closer. Termites will grow wings and swarm during the spring when it’s time to reproduce.

Sawdust – Are you finding piles of sawdust in random places? This is a sign that you have termites. They leave these piles in their wake.

No homeowner wants to deal with termites, but if you find an infestation, contact us, your NJ pest control experts. We’ll do a thorough inspection so that we can rid your home of these wood-eating pests. Keep an eye out for the signs so you can catch them early if they choose your home this spring.

Attention New Jersey Residents: What to Know About Termite Swarming

Termite Swarms
Termite Swarms

A swarm of insects may seem like an idea out of a horror movie, but in Wall Township and other New Jersey communities termite swarming is a real possibility. Here is some information you need to know if you should find your home threatened by these pests.

  • Termite swarmers are the winged adults that leave a colony to form other colonies of their own. Their activity is generally restricted to daytime hours. An outdoor swarm will generally indicate a nest underground or in your yard, but an indoor swarm is usually a sign of an infestation.
  • Swarmers trapped inside your house will die. You may find the bodies or wings accumulated on a window sill, where they have been drawn by the sunlight. It can be difficult to distinguish between swarmers and winged ants, so the bodies can be helpful to identify the insects.
  • While swarmers themselves don’t cause structural damage, simply killing them is not an effective solution. Their presence means that there are most likely other termites hidden in your home that do create a serious problem.

When it comes to termites, out of sight should definitely not mean out of mind. Our New Jersey pest control experts will eliminate every trace of these pests using safe, state-of-the-art techniques. Contact us today to schedule a free inspection.

NJ Carpenter Ant 101 – What Every Homeowner Should Know

Carpenter Ants 101
Carpenter Ants 101

Carpenter ants bring the nuisance of ants plus the destructive habits of termites. Unfortunately, many homes in Monmouth and Ocean Counties attract them with their favorite food and shelter. Here’s what you need to know about carpenter ant infestations:

What they look like: About 1/2″ long, and either black or black and red. They have a smooth, round thorax (the upper body part next to the head) and bent antennae.

Where they nest: Anywhere with moisture and protection. They often nest in wood structures but can also be found in insulation, bathroom tiles, and throughout the home.

The damage they cause: Carpenter ants chew up wood but do not eat it. Their wood destruction consists of long, thin grooves — as if someone carved neat lines and brushed away the sawdust.

When they invade: New Jersey carpenter ants settle into homes during the spring. However, they may invade anytime to search for food.

What they eat: Meat and sugar attract carpenter ants. Seal up pet food and keep syrup, honey, and candies stored away neatly. They also eat syrupy secretions from aphids, so gardens can be sources of food.

The sophisticated nesting habits of carpenter ants make them very difficult for homeowners to treat without the help of professional exterminators. Protect the structural integrity of your home and keep these pests away by calling Allison Pest Control for help!

Three Things You Didn’t Know About Termite Communication

Year Round Problem
The Trouble With Termites

Termites are always working hard, no matter what they’re doing. They build long tunnels and complicated chambers, and you’d better believe they’re always communicating with each other. Otherwise, how could these projects get completed? In fact, communication is very important to termites, and as your Toms River pest control experts, we’d like to go over some things we’re sure you didn’t know about the way termites get their messages across.

The Queen is in Charge – This might make sense to you, but did you know she orders the other termites around by releasing chemicals that contain vital messages? They pass the chemicals to each other as a way to communicate what their next projects should be.

Termites are Headbangers – There are only so many ways termites have to alert each other of pending danger. Banging their heads has proven to be an effect method, and they’ll do so on a nearby wall. That way soldiers can prepare to defend the colony.

They Have Unique Ways to Measure Available Food – Vibroacoustics are used when termites chew through their food sources. The other termites hear the vibrations and have a terrific understanding of how much food is available for the colony.

While these are fascinating facts, when you have a termite infestation, you just want them to be removed. If you have reason to suspect your one is infested, contact us, your Toms River pest control specialists.

New Jersey Winters Do Not Stop Termites

Winter Does Not Stop TErmites
Winter Does Not Stop TErmites

Subterranean termites, happily the only termites native to New Jersey, live below ground. Sadly, their dirty dens don’t prevent them from coming above ground, both to breed and also to snack on the structure of your home by entering through small cracks in the foundation.

Hoping the cold winter weather will send these pests into submission? Think again.
Though most visible in the warmer months, particularly during the spring swarming season, subterranean termite colonies are active 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year –  even through the winter – making them one of the more difficult termite species to control.

How do they survive?
Subterranean termites retreat deep into their underground world for warmth when ground soil is frozen, however they can also remain active within a structure if it is heated – such as your home.

Winter activity
As snow melts in the late winter and early spring, termite emerge, building mud tunnels up and into your home in search of food. This slight warming of weather also creates a prime opportunity for termite swarms within the home.

Don’t let termites contribute to your winter blues. Contact Allison today. Even in the winter, we are busy performing termite inspections and free pest ID service calls. Call us at 1-800-564-4585 and we’ll be right out to find out what’s bugging you! With over 5,000 local homes and businesses being serviced by the team at Allison Pest Control, you’ll know that you will be in good hands when your property is treated by our professional and knowledgeable pest control service technicians.