Category Archives: Wood Destroying Insects

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.

New Jersey Termite Facts – What You May Not Have Known

NJ Termite Pests
NJ Termite Pests

The subject of termites comes up anytime someone buys or sells a home. It is important for any home buyer to obtain an inspection by a professional pest control expert with a detailed report. Unfortunately, many people do not think about termites much more after that inspection, allowing the wood eaters to cause costly damage to the home. There is some species of termite in every state except Alaska, where the ground is too cold for them. Anyone can benefit from knowing a few facts about this common pest.

Many different species

Worldwide, there are over 2,000 species of termites. The United States is home to about 50 different species. Twenty of those 50 variations are known to destroy the wood used in homes and other structures.

They eat other termite’s poop

They eat the poop because they are born without the bacteria needed to digest cellulose in their stomachs. After molting, they must resupply, so there is a lot of excrement eating going on in their world.

New Jersey termites

The Eastern subterranean termites travel below the earth’s frost line and can be a problem year-round.

Allison Pest Control began business in Monmouth County, New Jersey in 1917. They know the best way to eliminate termites or any other pest that may threaten your New Jersey home. Contact them today for an inspection and consultation on the best termite extermination option for your home.

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!