Evil Carpenter Ants Can Strike Anytime

Business and homeowners in New Jersey have reason to worry when they see large black ants on the interior or exterior of their structure.  Large ants in most instances are carpenter ants.  Carpenter ants are the most common type of ant that you will find in the United States, and left untreated, they are a very destructive pest.

Unlike the destructive termite, carpenter ants do not “eat” wood.  Carpenter ants will however damage wood by hollowing it out while they excavate galleries for their nests, and tunnels for transportation.  These galleries have a smooth, sandpapered look to them.  In some instances, you will find piles of saw-dust like material (pieces of discarded shredded wood) nearby, but sometimes, it is hidden behind a wall void.

Carpenter ants are in constant need of water.  On the exterior, carpenter ants can be found in both dry and moist wood sources.  You can find them in wood piles, tree stumps and damaged trees.  On the interior, carpenter ants are often found around sinks and bathtubs, in baseboards, in cabinets, poorly sealed windows or door frames, wall voids, or any place where water could have, or is leaking.

Carpenter ants are not a “do it yourself” type of pest to eradicate.  Using home improvement store chemicals to spray your yard and pavement will kill some of the ants topically; but unfortunately, many ants will disperse and spread even further throughout the yard or structure.  When treating for carpenter ants, the entire colony, plus any satellite colonies, must be destroyed in order to achieve success.

Left untreated, it is not uncommon to find a carpenter ant nest with a queen and over 2000 workers.  Allison Pest Control operators can safely and efficiently locate the carpenter ant parent and satellite nests so that proper extermination can occur for the entire colony.

Cockroaches In New Jersey

Cockroaches are the most common, and one of the most feared insects, that can infest homes in New Jersey and across the United States.  There are approximately 4,500 species of cockroaches worldwide, but only a few are considered to be household pests. 

Most people find cockroaches to be repulsive housemates.  They are known to transmit diseases such as salmonella as they scurry around and in unprotected food items.  Cockroaches have also proven to be very dangerous to people who suffer from asthma or have allergies.  Children and the elderly are particularly at risk of becoming ill when there is a cockroach infestation.

The American cockroach, also known as the palmetto bug or water bug, runs quickly and will dart out of site when you enter the room.  Despite its large size, it can squeeze into very small cracks and crevices. It has over 2000 individual lenses in its eyes so it can see you coming from all angles.

The German cockroach has wings, but cannot sustain flight.  This type of cockroach is the most common type of roach found in the world.  They tend to live where humans are as we provide them with what they crave…food, water and shelter.  These roaches will emit a stinky smell when frightened.

The Oriental cockroach is also known as a water bug. They prefer dark and moist environments like sewers, drains, damp basements, crawl spaces and porches.  Not liking the cold weather, these roaches will eventually try to find a way inside.

Unlike other types of insects that die off over the winter months, cockroaches are prevalent in New Jersey homes and businesses year-round.  They can easily live up to three months without a food source and for up to a month without water.

The wasp and the centipede are the cockroach’s natural predator; but most people find having those pests hanging around the home or business quite objectionable too!  Your best bet at eliminating a cockroach infestation is to hire a licensed pest control specialist.  At Allison Pest Control, our operators have the expertise to rid your home or business of disgusting cockroaches.

Camel Back Crickets Will Creep You Out

Camel back crickets are known by different names.  Sometimes called cave crickets or spider crickets, these creatures are not a pest you want to have around your house.  Reproducing very quickly, camel back crickets thrive in damp, cave like environments.  Basements and crawl spaces are perfect places for them to set up house.  Camel back crickets can live undetected in a home for a long period of time because the dark damp environment provides ample food and water for their colony to grow.  Once you have a good size infestation on your hands, camel back crickets will begin to emerge from the nest.  Homeowners in New Jersey and other parts of the United States can expect to see these scary insects invade their living quarters once the camel back cricket nest becomes overcrowded.

In basements and crawl spaces, camel back crickets feed on mold and fungus.  Left untreated in your home, they will cause considerable damage feasting on anything that is made of fabric.  Regardless of if it is synthetic or man-made fabrics, nothing is of limits to this damage causing pest.  Once your have camel back crickets living around the exterior of your home or business, you can expect them to move to the interior as the summertime heat sets in.

Many people find camel back crickets creepy and mistake them being a large spider instead of a cricket.  Camel back crickets have strange hairy looking antenna that make them intimidating looking.  Unlike every other type of bug, these crazy insects tend to jump toward you, rather than run away from you.  It is believed that they do this because of their poor vision, not because they are in attack mode.  Despite being scary to encounter, camel back crickets are actually harmless to humans as they do not bite or sting.

Leaving a camel back cricket infestation untreated is also an invitation to other unwanted household pests.  Rats and mice find camel back crickets to be a delicious treat and will pursue a New Jersey infestation.

You can put an end to your New Jersey camel back cricket infestation problem by contacting Allison Pest Control today.

Termites Damage 1 in 5 Central New Jersey Homes

Central and southern New Jersey’s wet spring has created perfect conditions for a termite explosion in Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex counties. To thrive, termites require moist soil in which to build their massive underground nests and damp, rotting wood on which to feed. Heavy spring rains combined with the moist ocean air that blankets central New Jersey’s mid-coastal region have created the ideal high humidity conditions that attract Eastern Subterranean Termites and allow them to flourish.

These voracious wood-eating pests will attack one in five central and southern New Jersey homes this year. Living in colonies that can number from tens of thousands to millions, termites can chomp their way through 1 lineal foot of 2×4 structural timber every 120 days. If untreated, termites can cause significant damage to your Monmouth, Ocean or Middlesex County home that can lead to structural collapse.

Termites spend their entire lives underground. Wingless and sightless, these tiny insects have soft, white, oval bodies 1/8 to 1/4 inch long, or about the size of a rice grain. Communicating via pheromones, termites are highly social insects that live in huge underground colonies. Work is divided by a strict caste system into workers, reproductives and soldiers. Central New Jersey homeowners may not realize their home is infested with termites unless they observe winged reproductives puddling on their lawn or happen to break through into an active termite site during a home remodeling project.

A termite infestation requires serious professional pest control by a Monmouth County pest control firm with special expertise in termite extermination. Two methods of termite extermination — bait systems and exterior liquid barriers – are used in New Jersey. To perform effectively, both termite extermination methods require exacting professional application techniques, specialized tools and termiticides available only to New Jersey pest control professionals. If you suspect you have a termite problem, call an experienced central New Jersey pest control expert today.

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