In all fairness, those little pests do have one redeeming quality. In wooded areas, they devour downed trees. This aids in the decomposition of the forest, putting nutrients back into the soil. Gotta give credit where it’s due, but if they can devour a forest, what can they do to your home?
What To Expect During A New Jersey Termite Season
It’s Springtime in New Jersey. Flowers are blooming and termites are swarming. Ugh! It would be nice if you only had to worry about new baby termites in the Spring, but alas this is not the case. What we do see, are the mating swarms. It's really the only time termites make a public appearance, so be on the lookout. Termites are highly destructive, costing Americans 5 million dollars annually in property damage. There are over 2,000 types of known termites worldwide, but in New Jersey, it’s the subterranean termites that plague us. And wouldn’t you know it, they are the most destructive species in the United States. They are the source of 95% of Termite damage in this country. This is not surprising, when you learn that each colony has about 1 million members. They stay active 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. That’s a lot of destruction.
Types of Termite Damage
Termites will destruct your home in a variety of ways. Here is what you should expect with a termite problem:
A colony can eat 15 pounds of wood a week
Destroy foundation timbers
Eat your furniture, even antiques
Undermine your deck
Turn your boat into a snack
Eat your fence, your trees, and your lawn furniture
Oftentimes it’s difficult to spot termite damage. The colony takes years to develop and become active. At first, the damage is unnoticeable because it occurs in areas you rarely, if ever, visit. They prefer to enter the property unchallenged, using expansion joints, cracks in concrete slabs and fireplaces. Basically, places that are difficult for an inspector to get to. Subterranean termites are very easily disturbed. If they feel threatened, they will hightail it to a different location in the structure and begin munching in private. If you suspect these hungry pests have taken up residence in your home, do not disturb them. Call the experts at Pride Pest Service right away. As a homeowner, being aware is the first step towards saving a lot of money. Educate yourself about ways to spot a potential swarm and be sure to schedule an annual inspection.
Signs Of Termite Damage
Though it can be difficult to detect termite activity, there are some signs you can look for that indicate you have a termite problem:
1. Small holes in walls, woodwork, doors, or molding accompanied by piles of tiny pellet-looking dust. This termite poop is called frass.
2. Shed wings on windowsills or a termite swarm. A sign that they have made an appearance and that a colony nearby is well-established.
3. Mud tubes attached to walls. These are termite highways. They are necessary to their survival because they need to stay hydrated. On the outside of structures, the mud tubes protect termites from the sun and predators.
4. Hollow-sounding or drooping walls. Oftentimes, the only thing holding them up is a thin outer layer and the mud that the termite used to fill the tunnels.
5. Blistering paint implies moisture; termites love moisture and will also create moisture problems as they chew away at wood.
What To Do If You Find Termites In Your Monmouth County Home
If you see signs of termites or are worried about a termite problem, don’t waste time and money. Call the Pros right away. Pride Pest Service is a locally owned and operated company. Please take advantage of our free initial inspection and estimate. Because we understand what it’s like to unexpectedly become aware of a pest invasion, we offer same-day service at no extra charge. Reach out to us today!