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Flooding and the Impact on Termite Treatment

Keeping The Termites Away
Keeping The Termites Away

Unusual storms and other weather conditions have raised the risk of flooding in and around NJ. In addition to causing water damage to homes, floods can also make it more challenging to perform termite control NJ services.

Termiticides

Chemical products that are used to get rid of termites, called termiticides, are typically applied to soil. These products need to be able to permeate the soil in order to be effective. When the ground is wet from flooding, this can prevent termiticides from working as moving water and soil affect the treated area.

Baits

Bait and monitor stations are commonly used to control termites and eliminate infestations in residential areas. Flooding makes this type of termite treatment more difficult since moving water can dump debris on these stations and cover them up. This prevents termites from entering them and carrying bait back to their nests. These stations can also be hard to find if they’ve been covered up. Flooding can also cause material used in monitoring stations to decay.

Keep in mind that termite infestations can spread to other areas after flooding when tree limbs and fallen trees are tossed away. These should be checked for termites before being moved to any other location.

Don’t wait for termites to take over your NJ home. Contact Allison Pest Control for more information on our termite control NJ services.

Do Termites Make Noise? Can You Hear Them?

Listen for Termites in Walls
Listen for Termites in Walls

Termites are not commonly seen by the naked eye, but the damage they cause by feeding on wood is quite visible and shouldn’t be taken lightly.

If you suspect you have a termite infestation in your New Jersey home, listen for the following three sounds that have been identified as being termite sounds, though plenty of damage can occur within your walls without a sound. If you think you are hearing one of the following sounds, call our Monmouth County Termite Control to be certain.

Rattling

If you hear a rattling taking place inside a wall, it may be because some termites have become disturbed by something and are acting out in frustration. The rattling is caused by the termites knocking their heads against the tunnel walls, creating a sound that is audible in normal listening ranges.

Rustling in the Walls

While drywood termites are tunneling through surface wood within walls, a paper rustling sound can be heard.

Hollow Wall Sounds

If you suspect termites, tap on the wall or wood in question. If it sounds hollow, you may have a termite infestation. This is a very reliable method for identifying a termite problem because of the differences.

Do you think you may have termites or carpenter ants in your home? Please contact us to schedule a time with one of our Monmouth County Termite Control inspectors to identify the root cause of your infestation.

Fourth of Four Types of Termites – Subterranean Termites

Subterranean Termites Are The Most Destructive Of All Termites
Subterranean Termites Are The Most Destructive Of All Termites

Termites are among the most common household pests. They can also be the most difficult to get rid of due to their numbers. One type of termite, known as the subterranean termite, can build colonies that number as many as 2 million.

Subterranean termites are light brown bugs with long, thin bodies that have an oval shape. These bugs don’t just feed on wooden structures. They also eat plastic, plant-based fabrics and even wallpaper.

Subterranean termites cause the most destruction out of all termite types, thanks to the amount of wood and other materials they eat. When you have subterranean termites, they can destroy your home’s foundation, pipes made of plastic, insulation and the trees in your yard.

Having Tom’s River termite control professionals handle infestations is the best way to lower the risk of serious damage to your home and property. You can also take steps to prevent subterranean termites from getting inside by doing the following:

• Don’t leave pieces of wood lying around your yard for these termites to eat.

• Check water drains to ensure that they’re not facing toward your home.

• Get rid of any water that accumulates around the foundation of your house.

When you have termites in your home, it’s important to get rid of them quickly. Our Tom’s River termite control experts can help. Contact Allison Pest Control for more information.

Third of Four Types of Termites – Formosan Termites

Winter Does Not Stop Termites
Formosan Subterranean Termites

Are ferocious Formosan termites creating a Tom’s River pest control nightmare at your home? The experts at Allison Pest control are here to help you identify and fight these frightful creatures.

What’s in a name?
Formosan termites are a subterranean variety of termite, brought to the U.S. in the 1940s from East Asia following World War II. They continue to be spread today via the shipping of wood and other cellulose-based goods.

Formosan mugshot:
The largest and most destructive termite species, Formosans are 1/2-inch long with yellow-brown oval-shaped bodies, 6 legs, wings, and antennae. Straight out of a horror movie, Formosan termites create mud nests up to 300 feet long inside the walls of buildings, with tens of thousands comprising a single colony of workers, soldiers, and reproductives. They love to dine on dead trees, wood, and plant-based fabrics.

Formosan termite prevention
Prevent the fearsome Formosan from entering your home. Due to their large population size, they can cause severe damage in as little as 6 months:

• Ensure water drains away from your home’s structure.

• Rapidly replace damp or damaged wood on the outside of your home.

• Be wary of signs of Formosan infestation, including mud tubes, blistered or peeling paint, and wood that sounds hollow when tapped.

Formosan feeding frenzy? Termites are terrified of the Tom’s River pest control experts at Allison Pest Control. Contact us today.