Are you having problems with a termite infestation in your North Jersey home and looking for a reliable termite control service? Termites cost homeowners millions of dollars in repairs each year in the United States. The good news for Northern New Jersey is that termites are not as prevalent as in the South. The soil makeup is a big factor. North Jersey has clay rocky soil, where South Jersey is sandy soil.
Common Types of Termites
The two most common ways people find out they have a termite problem are:
- Swarmers – Termites swarm in the spring. There will be hundreds and hundreds of these small insects. They usually emerge on one of the first nice days of spring. When they swarm the termites lose their wings and finding loose wings by a door or window is another sign.
- Mud Tubes – Termites do not like the light. To compensate they create mud tubes that they crawl through from the soil to wood. These mud tubes are brown and about as thick as a pencil and run from the floor to the wood.
The two most common ways of treating termites are by the conventional method and a baiting system. Both methods have a place in the tool box. We prefer the conventional method because we use a product called Termidor. The data on this product is phenomenal and our results have been outstanding!
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How Do I Know If I Have Termites?
The first step in prevention is to be on the alert for termites. Termites rarely emerge from soil, mud tubes, or food sources through which they are tunneling. Most people are not aware they have termites until they see a swarm or come across damage during construction. Some of the ways to discover if you have termites are listed below:
- Examine, by probing, exposed wood for hollow spots (using a flathead screwdriver or similar tool).
- Identify termite swarms (sometimes ant swarms are mistaken as termites).
The Difference Between Ants & Termites
- front wings longer than the hind wings
- antennae bent at ninety-degree angle
- wings are roughly equal in length
- antennae are straight; may droop
The most common form of termite in most of the United States is the native subterranean termite. Other, less common, types of termites include the smaller drywood termite and the invasive Formosan termite.
How Can I Prevent Termite Infestation?
Make the Structure Less Attractive to Termites
During construction, use a concrete foundation and leave a ventilation space between the soil and wood. Cover exposed wood surfaces with a sealant or metal barrier.
Maintain the Termite Prevention Features
- After construction, keep the soil around the foundation dry through proper grading and drainage (including maintenance of gutters and downspouts).
- Reduce openings that offer termites access to the structure (filling cracks in cement foundations as well as around where utilities pass through the wall with cement, grout, or caulk).
- Fix leaks immediately.
- Keep vents free from blockage, including plants.
- Ensure that trees and shrubs are not planted too close to the structure and do not allow them to grow against exposed wood surfaces.
- Do not pile or store firewood or wood debris next to the house.
- Inspect periodically to help ensure that termite colonies do not become established.
Termites are serious business. If you think you have termites, contact PermaKill Exterminating right away!