New Jersey Termite Control
Termites are some of the most socially adept insects on the planet—and the most dangerous. A colony can include millions of termites that can consume pounds of wood before most people even realize they’re around. To protect your New Jersey home or business from termites, you need to learn about the behavior of this pest, take steps for prevention, and find effective treatment options should an infestation occur.
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What Are Termites?
Termites are small, flying insects that can be found across most of the U.S. All termites residing in New Jersey and other parts of the northeast are subterranean termites (genus Reticulitermes), named after the extensive burrows they create underground. Termites combine the soil they dig up with wood they masticate for food, creating mud tubes between their subterranean nests and points of feeding in the process. Millions of termites can live in a single underground colony, comprised mostly of worker termites that build and forage, soldiers that protect the nest, and swarmer termites that reproduce. The New Jersey termite control experts at Viking Pest explain each termite colony also has one or more queens and a few fertile males that can produce over a thousand eggs a day when mature. Termite queens can live between 30 to 50 years.
Termites are considered serious pests, fast and effective termite treatment in New Jersey is necessary as a mature colony can consume over 10 pounds of wood in a single month. These pests work gradually and usually target structural aspects of a New Jersey home or office building that’s not easy to see such as inside window frames and inside walls, making them difficult to detect before they have already done some serious damage. New Jersey exterminators at Viking Pest explain underground termite colonies can extend for several feet across to various feeding points, making it difficult to pinpoint the source of an infestation.
How to Identify Termites in New Jersey
Termites are often mistaken for flying ants because of their similar appearances. Most termites can grow to about half an inch in length, though queens have been known to exceed 4 inches. Worker and soldier termites are white in color, blind, and without wings. Swarmer termites have two sets of pale wings that are equal in size, and like the queens and kings, they’re usually dark brown in color. Unlike ants, termites have prominent antennae that are bent instead of straight and their bodies don’t have defined waists.
Figuring out how to get rid of termites in a New Jersey home or business or even spotting them can be difficult because they generally stay inside their colonies or hidden feeding areas. New Jersey pest control experts at Viking Pest explain you’re more likely to see them when they swarm for mating or protection, in which case hundreds of thousands of termites can gather in a single location above ground. You’re more likely to identify a termite infestation by finding mud tubes or wood they have already destroyed than seeing one of the insects themselves. Seeking the help of a pest control professional, like Viking Pest, who’s an expert in pest identification, is a surefire way to determine if you have an infestation.
Subterranean Termite Mud Tunnels
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What are Subterranean Mud Tunnels?
Subterranean termites are a nightmare to residential and commercial property owners. Termites build mud tunnels out of soil, wood, and their saliva to connect underground colonies with food sources above-ground. What’s more, these tunnels protect termites from moisture and predators, explain the termite extermination experts at Viking Pest.
What Do Termite Mud Tunnels Look Like?
Termite mud tunnels tend to look like stalagmites in caves. When inspecting your property for termites, look out for three types of mud tunnels— working tubes, exploratory tubes, and drop tubes. Working tubes run from the soil to a food source, while exploratory tubes go through the soil. A drop tube forms a path from the wood back to the soil.
Where to Find Mud Tunnels in Your Home
Termites love moisture. Viking’s termite control experts normally find termite mud tunnels around foundation cracks, unprotected brick walls, bathrooms, laundry rooms, crawlspaces, or any other moist areas around your property.
When Are Termites Most Active in New Jersey?
Subterranean termites swarm between April and June every year in New Jersey as a way to expand their colonies. Swarmer termites have the sole purpose of reproducing after the colony reaches a certain size and establishing new colonies in nearby areas. It takes mature colonies years to get to a large enough size to support swarmers. Most mature colonies release thousands of swarmers once a year. New Jersey termite swarms usually occur during daylight and last for a few days.
How to Prevent Termites in New Jersey
New Jersey termite control experts at Viking Pest explain mature termite colonies are extensive and hold millions of insects that can cause damage to your New Jersey home or business. Given that termites can enter your property through cracks as small as 1/16 of an inch, understanding how to prevent termites in New Jersey depends significantly on the type of property you own and the conditions of the surrounding environment. Getting rid of an established termite colony requires removing not just the colony’s soldiers or swarmers, but also its queens and kings that never come above ground. Enlisting the help of a professional exterminator, such as Viking Pest, is highly recommended if you suspect an infestation.
Pest control experts can permanently get rid of termite colonies from the source. Viking Pest Control uses the Sentricon® system, a unique termite removal strategy that efficiently removes termites from any New Jersey home or business. The Sentricon system baits termites with food that’s 10 times more appetizing than wood and that prevents them from molting, resulting in their eventual elimination. With the Sentricon system, a pest control expert, such as Viking Pest, can remove an entire termite colony in no time.
Protecting Your New Jersey Home or Business From Termites With Viking Pest Control
Viking Pest offers expert treatment designed to effectively and efficiently control and prevent termites from invading your home or business in New Jersey. Our use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques focuses on finding the core of the pest concern and controlling termites from the source. Through IPM, pest control materials are selected and applied in a manner that minimizes risks to human health, pets, and the environment. Call Viking today for your FREE and NO OBLIGATION estimate at 1-800-618-2847 or schedule online today!