One in five New Jersey homes will suffer termite damage this year. Termites damage more than half a million homes in the U.S. every year at an annual cost of more than $5 billion. Living in underground colonies that can number in the millions, termites feed on cellulose, the fibrous material in wood and wood products. Because of their small size and subterranean habitat, termite activity is rarely discovered until after a healthy colony swarms and significant damage has occurred.
The Eastern Subterranean Termite is the only termite species found in New Jersey and the most common termite in North America. It is one of four destructive subterranean termite species found in the U.S., including the highly aggressive Formosan termite that annihilates structures in southern states, the tiny Western termite prevalent along the West Coast, and the Desert termite common in the Southwest. Two other termite species that inhabit the U.S. are: Dampwood termites that live in heavily forested areas, and Drywood termites, primarily a furniture pest, found along America's southern border.
A mature termite colony can consume one foot of 2 by 4 structural wood every 120 days. Left untreated, a large termite colony can eventually cause a structural collapse. Successful elimination of termites requires specialized treatment techniques that should only be performed by a highly trained and experienced termite extermination company like Olympic Pest Services.
New Jersey is Home for the Eastern Subterranean Termite
The size of a grain of rice, Eastern Subterranean Termites have soft, white bodies that are long, narrow, oval-shaped and about 1/8 to 1/4 inch long. Spending their entire lives underground, subterranean termites are wingless and blind, communicating via pheromones. These social insects are governed by a strict caste system. Subterranean termites live in huge underground colonies that can number in the millions. Most termites have a two-year life span but queens and kings can live 25 to 30 years. Caste designation determines differences in physical appearance.
Most colony inhabitants are small 1/8-inch workers with translucent white bodies and short legs. Workers gather food, construct tunnels, maintain the nest, and feed and groom the queen, larvae and other colony inhabitants. Soldiers, the nest's protectors, are nearly twice the size of workers, about 1/4 inch long, with elongated orange heads and fierce pincers. Reproductives include the enormous 1/2-inch-long, egg-laying queen, several fertilizing male kings of normal size and periodic winged reproductives, swarmers. Swarmers are the prospective queens and kings of new termite colonies.
Olympic Pest Services is an Expert in Termite Elimination
Two methods of termite extermination are currently used in New Jersey: bait systems and exterior liquid barriers. Both methods require application techniques, specialized equipment and termiticides available only to pest control professionals.
Termites have highly-developed survival instincts making their colony extermination a challenge. If termite colonies are unduly disturbed during treatment, they can divide or relocate, increasing the difficulty of successful elimination. If even a small break occurs in an exterior barrier, termites' will circumvent the prevention barriers and continue their relentless attack on your home or business. Olympic Pest Services' professionals have the knowledge and expertise to successfully eliminate termites from your home or business successfully. Guaranteed.
Termite or Flying Ant?
Termites and flying ants can look very similar when they are in their reproductive stage (also known as swarmers). The swarmers are the new kings and queens of new colonies. Swarmers are the tell-tale sign of an infestation, however a termite treatment is more labor intensive and thus costlier to treat. If you have swarmers on your property, look for these attributes to determine the proper species:
* Termites have a straight antennae whereas a flying ant has an elbowed antennae.
* Termites have a thick waist and an ant has a thin waist and three separate body sections.
* Termite wings are the same size, but ants have different size and shaped wings.
Contact Olympic Pest Services today if you have swarmers.