Termite Identification & Prevention
What You Need To Know About Termites
Several different types of termites live across the United States. The most problematic species in Jersey City is the Eastern subterranean termite. No matter the species, one thing is for sure, they never belong in our homes. Use this pest guide to learn about these pests, our pest control services in Jersey City, and some helpful prevention tips.
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What are termites?
Termites are tiny insects that have the potential to cause severe damage to structures because of their feeding habits. Termites feed on the cellulose found in trees and wood. Unfortunately for us, wood is the most widely used building material, making termites a severe threat to the structures of all our homes and businesses.
Subterranean termites are social and live in colonies with hundreds of thousands of members. They have high moisture needs, nest in the ground, and prefer to feed on wet or decaying wood.
Termites divide their colonies into castes: reproductive females and males, soldiers, and workers. Workers comprise most of a termite colony and are tasked with most of the work, such as:
- Finding food sources
- Gathering food
- Maintaining and cleaning the nest
- Caring for young developing termites
Worker termites invade our homes and create the damage these pests are famous for causing.
Termites' ability to work together, invade spaces in large numbers, and move to and from structures without being seen cause these pests to be tough to control and prevent.
Are termites dangerous?
Termites are natural recyclers feeding on and releasing nutrients from decaying wood back into the ground. However, termites are destructive when they find their way into our structures. Because Eastern subterranean termites are drawn to properties and structures with wet or decaying wood, their presence is an indicator that not only do you have a termite infestation on your property but likely a moisture problem you need to address and repair.
The termite's feeding habits cause costly structural damage inside homes and other structures. As a group, termites generate billions of dollars in damage to structures across the U.S. each year. Termite damage is viewed by most insurance companies as preventable, so most will not pay to repair the damage they cause. Keeping termites out of your home is essential to its structural integrity and your bank account.
Why do I have a termite problem?
Eastern subterranean termites are attracted to moisture and decaying wood. Hence, properties with or near areas with poor drainage, wood construction debris, and dead trees are most prone to experience problems with termites.
If your home has clogged gutters, leaky spigots, or dripping air conditioners, the soil around the perimeter of your home will become damp and draw foraging termites to your home. As worker termites are out looking for places to forage for food, they can move inside your home through cracks in the foundation or pieces of wood on your home making direct contact with the ground.
Once inside, they move behind your home's walls, searching for wet or decaying pieces of wood that provide their colony with a food source.
Where will I find termites?
Termites spend their time in their nest, pieces of wood, or traveling through the soil or mud tubes. While all three locations are different, they all have one thing in common; they keep the termites out of our sight.
The termite's ability to stay hidden from view makes identifying a termite problem on your property tricky. Knowing common signs of a termite infestation is crucial in limiting the damage these pests can cause.
Signs of termites in a home include:
- Hearing clicking noise behind the walls of your home
- Noticing paint on walls that are blistered
- Finding that your home’s floors feel spongy when you walk across them.
- Seeing mud tubes running across the ground toward your home or up the foundation or basement walls
- Witnessing a termite swarm, which occurs when winged reproductive termites swarm from a mature termite colony to find a mate
For help identifying the presence of termites on your property, don't hesitate to reach out to us. We are here to assist you and protect your Jersey City property against these destructive pests.
How do I get rid of termites?
If you are concerned that termites have found their way to your property, immediately contact a professional. The longer you wait to get help, the more damage these wood-eating pests will cause. Bayonne Exterminating offers effective home pest control and commercial pest control services you can count on to eliminate termites and help you maintain a termite-free property in the future.
Our termite service includes a termite inspection, initial service, and re-service visits as needed. Our professionals have the knowledge, skill, and advanced technology to eradicate these destructive pests. Whether you are currently dealing with a termite infestation or want to prevent problems with these wood-destroying pests, we can help; call today to learn more about termite control in Jersey City.
How can I prevent termites in the future?
Use the following tips to reduce the chance of a termite infestation taking over your property:
- Ensure your home’s gutters are clear and rainwater is being directed away from your home’s exterior.
- Eliminate as much wood-to-soil contact on your property as possible, especially wooden siding, trim, and steps.
- Remove tree stumps, fallen trees, and wood debris from your property.
- Repair any leaky pipes, tubs, or toilets in your home.
- Repair any cracks or gaps you discover in the foundation of your home.
Another helpful tip to avoid termite damage is to use dehumidifiers in your home to reduce excess moisture. In addition, make sure crawl spaces are clear of wood debris and are well ventilated. For termite control near you, reach out to Bayonne Exterminating today.
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