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Termite Warning Signs!

Filed under: Termite Control — New Jersey Pest Control @ 5:51 am May 2, 2017

Termite Warning Signs! 

  1. Mud tubes (used by termites to reach a food source) on the exterior of the home.
  2. Soft wood in the home that sounds hollow when tapped.
  3. Darkening or blistering of wood structures.
  4. Cracked or bubbling paint.
  5. Small piles of feces that resemble sawdust near a termite nest.
  6. Discarded wings near doors or on windowsills, indicating swarmers have entered the home or swarmers themselves, which are often mistaken for flying ants.

Researchers Identify Different Termite Personalities

Filed under: New Jersey Termite Control,Termite Control,Termites — Tags: , , — New Jersey Pest Control @ 3:40 pm November 9, 2016

Researchers from all over the world come together in Namibia every year in order to study the amazing white ants. White ants are not ants, in fact they are not even closely related to ants as they are actually termites. After carefully studying termite behavior, researchers were able to identify distinct personality traits belonging to different termites within a colony.Termite Control

White ants, like all termites, demonstrate advanced social behavior as well as advanced technological feats. For example, termites are able to control the temperature of their nests by using the wind to clear the nests of all the stagnant air that exists within the termites’ nest. While observing complicated social behavior, researchers noticed that different termites perform different functions for the good of their colony.

These different functions correspond with different personality traits. For example, some termites are “initiators,” which involves roaming around the nest to find lazy termites to recruit for construction projects. Other termites are tasked with providing members of the colony with water. Scientists are still trying to figure out if all this advanced termite behavior is a result of many robotic termites working together, or if termites, like us, have a soul and are not so “robotic” as we are inclined to think.

Do you think that termites are only intelligent when viewed as a collective society, or can individual termites demonstrate advanced social and technical behavior?

 

 

How to Tell the Difference Between a Carpenter Ant and a Termite

Filed under: Ant Control,Termite Control,Termites — admin @ 7:00 pm May 16, 2016

What are Carpenter Ants and Termites?

Carpenter ants, also known as sugar ants, reside in damp and decaying wood. They are mostly found in forested areas. They build their nests in woods, however, don’t consume them.

Termites, on the other hand, eat wood. The drywood kind are found in furniture and hardwood flooring. They thrive in warm humid climates and can cause moderate to severe destruction of property.

How to Spot the Difference between Carpenter Ants and Termites

Carpenter Ants vs Termites

Physical distinction between carpenter ants and termites

Carpenter ants are mostly black in color. There are some species that are red/orange and black in color as well. The wings on the front are larger than the hind ones and they measure anywhere between 1/2″ and 5’8″. The antenna is elbowed in the case of carpenter ants.

Termites have straight antenna and are either dark brown or black in color. They measure 3/8″ in length. The wings of termites are of the same size and easily breakable. The wings are longer than the body.

Where can you find carpenter ants and termites

Carpenter ants can be found on porch floors, columns and pillars. They can also be found in gardens where the wood is in contact with soil and branches of trees. They are easily found in firewood piles, stumps, window sills and sometimes even in appliances and electrical equipment.

Termites can be found on wooden floors, mud tubes and furniture. Termites can also be found in dark places of the house, for example, a dingy basement without windows, doorways, sills, porches and any surface in contact with soil. If you spot discarded wings or hollow wood around the house, it is likely that it is infested by termites.

Damage caused by carpenter ants and termites

Carpenter ants looks for decayed wood and then make their way to sound wood in homes and businesses. They chew but do not eat the wood. Once they are done chewing, the texture appears almost sandy. Damage is hard to spot, however, if you spot ants regularly around a structure you should seek professional help.

Termites cause more permanent damage to property than carpenter ants.  Homes primarily constructed of wood are not the only ones that are threatened by termites. Other materials can cause termite infestation as well since they are capable of cutting through plaster and can be found feeding on floors, ceilings, walls, cabinets and wooden furniture. It is sometimes difficult to spot the damage as it can be internal and until severe damage is done, it can go undetectable. In that case, a professional pest control company’s help should be taken to assess the situation otherwise it can lead to severe damage.

If you find a swarm of either of these insects in your house or business place, you should immediately seek professional help before the situation worsens. For effective New Jersey termite control and New Jersey carpenter ant control, trust Horizon!

Carpenter Ants vs Termites: How to Tell the Difference

Filed under: Ant Control,Termite Control,Termites — admin @ 12:42 pm March 22, 2016

People often confuse carpenter ants and termites, and for good reason: both are tiny, black wood-eating insects that swarm inside of homes. However, termites can cause significantly worse problems for your home than carpenter ants. This is because carpenter ants usually isolate their activity to their nesting area, and mainly search for already damaged wood. In contrast, termites can eat through any kind of wood in any part of your house. For this reason, it is important to know the difference between carpenter ants vs termites.

How to Tell the Difference

TermiteThe main difference between the two insects is in their appearance: the insects’ wings, antennae, and bodies are distinct and therefore discernable. Both termites and carpenter ants have four wings each. However, the front set of termite wings are noticeably longer than the pair in the back, and will always be the same size on any termite you come across. The wings on carpenter ants, in contrast, come in all sizes and are evenly matched in front and back.

Another, slightly more detailed, way to dell the difference between carpenter ants vs termites is in the antennae. While carpenter ants’ antennae are crooked in the middle, termites have straight antennae that appear to be beaded. Finally, the two insects’ bodies are distinct and allow identification. Carpenter ants look similar to any other ant: they appear to have segments because of the thin waist in their middle. In contrast, termites are not narrow at all, and can be identified by their straight bodies.

Carpenter AntIf you are not able to find any of the insects, another great way to tell if you have an ant problem or a termite problem is to look at the clues around your house. Since carpenter ants do not actually eat the wood they burrow in, you should be able to find wood shavings or sawdust near their nesting area. In contrast, termites will leave trails of mud and other debris as they work to eat away the wood in their nest. If you find remains of other kinds of bugs, this is a good sign that your house is host to carpenter ants vs termites, since termites do not eat other bugs.

While the above tips are a great start to identifying carpenter ants vs termites, it is important to take care of the infestation problem regardless of which insect your house is host to. For effective NJ termite control and NJ ant control, you can rely on Horizon Pest Control. Call us today!

 

Carpenter Ants Vs Termites

Filed under: Carpenter Ant Control,Termite Control,Termites — admin @ 12:27 pm March 11, 2016

Carpenter ants and termites both can be very destructive, and they’re responsible for many pest problems each year. Both of the pests are wood destroyers, which can be devastating to a home. However, many people confuse the two, which is a problem because they must be eliminated differently. That’s why it is important to differentiate between carpenter ants vs termites.

Carpenter AntPhysical Differences

While carpenter ants and termites are very similar in appearance, there are ways to tell them apart. They both have small wings and bulbous chitin shells, which is why many people confuse the two. However, if you take a closer look, you’ll notice that carpenter ants have a head, thorax, and an abdomen, while termites only have a head and thorax. You’ll also find that ants have smaller wings, and termites have wings that are much longer than their body. Of course, if you’re unsure about their appearance, you can always have a pest control company identify the pests you have in your home.

What They Eat

Both carpenter ants and termites munch on wood, but termites actually use wood as a source of nutrition. However, carpenter ants are not able to digest the wood cellulite. They simply munch on wood to create shelters for their nests. Keep in mind, both of these pests require water access and do well in moist environments. In fact, carpenter ants require moisture to be able to eat small bits of food, since they are unable to eat solids.

Where They Live

The carpenter ants and termites both can live within the wood in a home, and they’ll chew away at wood until it becomes hollow. Carpenter ants like wood that is rotting or molding, since it offers humidity and darkness. Termites tend to make their homes in mud mounds that are below or above the ground. However, they may make do with wooden infrastructure inside homes as well.

Types of Damage

You can often tell carpenter ants apart from termites by looking at the damage that is left behind. Check out the damaged wood and you’ll notice that ants leave wood very clean. They remove wood chippings and insect remains from their nest, which means you’ll find some small piles that look like sawdust near wood that has been damaged. Termites aren’t as clean and they leave behind mud, insect parts, and remains, so wood damaged by termites has a rugged, messy look.

TermiteDifferent Treatments

Treating carpenter ant or termite infestations is essential, but these pets require specific treatments. In most cases, the pests you see are only a fraction of the pests in the home. Since these pests operate in different ways, specialized treatments and equipment is needed to eliminate them from your home. For this reason, it’s important to turn to a professional for your extermination needs.

Do you want to know more about the difference between carpenter ants vs termites? Call 888-612-2847 today for FREE consultation!

Termite Control for Your Home

Filed under: Termite Control,Termites — admin @ 5:56 pm September 11, 2015

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Termites are scary because they can make light work if your home in just a short amount of time. They eat a lot, and the costs of their hunger add up in a lot more ways than just lost money to rebuilding.

Swarming is not a pleasant thing to think about, but it’s the best way to tell if you have termites. They’re mostly quiet, so don’t expect to hear them gnawing away within your walls. Swarms don’t happen for very long, but if you do find a pile of wings very near or within your home (most likely the basement or crawl space), then it’s likely from termites. You may also see tiny mud tunnels around your walls, which basically leads the termites back to food (the wood in your home.)

Termites are most often found during construction and inspections, often too late for people who are unknowingly trying to sell or buy an infested home. It’s understandable that people miss termites, but it still means that the damage will have to be dealt with. If you find any type of hollowed out wood in your home, then that’s obviously another red flag.

So what can be done about this? There are things that you can do with chemicals to pre-treat your home or to place baits around the outside of your home to lure the termites to them so that they feed and die. Chemicals can be dangerous and don’t last for longer than a few years, so it’s recommended that you approach that solution with great caution. The baits may not be enough to get them to leave your often much more inviting home, but the technology for baits is getting better every year.

You can also call the professional termite control companies if the problem has already progressed to the point where you can’t handle it anymore. Horizon Pest Control has been handling them for quite some time, and they have the expertise to stop them fast. Millions of termites live in a colony, so it’s understandable that they’re a lot to deal with (for anyone.) Termites can happen to anyone, but being more aware and on top of prevention can help save you from a nightmare.

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Importance of Checking For Termites

Filed under: Termite Control,Termites — admin @ 1:39 am June 16, 2015

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There is a common misconception that termites only affect people with houses that are made out of wood, but in reality, it doesn’t matter if your house is made of wood, brick, stucco, or other materials. Termites are not only attracted to wood; they are also attracted to materials that contain cellulose, like the cellulose insulation in your home, drywall, and the framing timbers all over the house.

Despite their small size, termites can be very destructive because they live in colonies of millions. Not only are there a lot of them, each termite can eat up to 3 percent of their body weight, and they can cause a lot of damage in a short amount of time. Having a termite infestation in your house can be a very expensive problem for a homeowner to have, which is why it is a good idea to get your home checked for termites on a regular basis.


What Are The Signs of A Termite Infestation?

 

Termite DamageThere are some common telltale signs that let you know that you have a termite infestation, some of the most common are:

 

• The presence of mud like materials that usually start from the ground, and are found on walls, leading to wood. These are generally referred to as mud tunnels and are the size of a pencil. They usually connect the nest to the food source, but sometimes they are there for different reasons. The tunnels that start from the ground and don’t connect to the wood are there for exploratory reasons, while the tunnels that originate from the wood and touch the ground are known as drop tunnels, because they help the termites get back to their nest.

• The presence of a swarm of insects that look like flying ants around light sources. This usually indicates that a nest is nearby.

• Piles of wings on the floor in your home without any insect bodies indicate the shedding of wings, which is common with termites.

• Tiny holes in wood or damaged wood is generally a good indicator that you have a termite problem. You can easily tell if a piece of wood is damaged by tapping a hammer on it, which should produce a hollow sound, or by probing the surface with a pen knife.

 

If you notice any of these things, it means that you have a termite infestation in your home. In this situation, the smartest thing to do is to call a pest control specialist to come check out your house to find out just how badly infested your home is, and to treat the problem. They are professionally trained, and will be able to find the termite nest more easily that you will be able to, and they will also know the most effective way to get rid of the termites.
 
It is not necessary to treat your home for termites every year, but it is recommended that you have a specialist come and check your house for termite infection every year. That way, they can catch it on time, in the event that you have it, and prevent serious damage to your home. If you notice your neighbors getting their house treated for termites, it is also a good idea to have a specialist come check your house after, to make sure that the termites from your neighbor’s house migrate over to your home and cause damage without you knowing.

 

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Carpenter Ants vs. Termites

Filed under: Carpenter Ant Control,Termites — admin @ 8:53 am May 22, 2015

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Spring brings some wonderful things: warm weather, sunny days, and pretty flowers. Everything is fresh and new. Spring also brings other less desirable things like household pests, ants and termites. Many people see small, dark insects swarming inside their home or near it and worry if they have a termite infestation. It is a valid concern which is why it is important to know the difference between swarmers (termites that reproduce) and ants. They can look very similar but there are some distinctive differences that will help.

Know your Termites

Termites have a very straight, distinctive looking body. It is rectangular and broad-waisted in shape with antennae that are almost completely straight. Its four wings extend beyond the body (about twice the body length) and are all four the same size. You cannot see the wing veins of termites without a magnifying glass. Termite wings are also very fragile. If you touch them they will likely fall off. In fact, if you find an area where the insects have been swarming look for broken wings on the ground or floor. That is a good indication that you are dealing with termites as opposed to ants. Termites can do serious damage to wood structures.


Know your Carpenter Ants

Carpenter Ant ControlCarpenter ants are also quite distinctive in appearance. The ant body is noticeably segmented. You can clearly see the segments and thin-waisted appearance. Their antennae are bent or elbowed and the front wings are much larger than the rear ones but they barely extend beyond the body. If you look closely at the wings you can see dark veins running through them and often a black dot at the tip of the longer front wings. They are also not as fragile as termite wings. Ant wings do not easily break off. Carpenter ants are capable of doing significant damage to a structure, but the typically pose more of a nuisance than a damage problem.

If you can’t tell or need help with an infestation

If you notice swarmers in or around your home or office it is a good idea to have a pest professional come out to take a look. Even if you correctly identify the type of pest, whether ant or termite, it is a good idea to take steps to get rid of them. If you can’t tell the difference or you aren’t sure, then it is very important that you get a pest professional out as soon as possible. If you do have an infestation, time is crucial. Waiting could cost you. Read more on pest control or call Horizon now.

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How to Know If You Have Termites

Filed under: Termite Control — admin @ 5:23 am April 28, 2015

Termite ControlFew pest problems are more troublesome or annoying than a termite infestation. Fortunately, the little buggers make it pretty clear when they’re present and causing havoc, assuming you known the signs they leave as calling cards.

This article highlights the termite warning signals, damage signs and tips you need to eliminate a termite infestation.

Know the Warning Signals That Suggest a Termite Presence

In order to know whether you have a termite presence, there are a few key signs you can look for and find if termites are indeed present.

  • If wood in or near your home sounds hollow when you tap it, termites could be present
  • Watch for cracked paint or termite droppings (frass)
  • Along your home’s outer walls, crawl spaces and wooden beams, check for mud tubes
  • If there is a swarm of winged insects in the home, the soil around your home or discarded wings from said swarms, this is usually a clear indicator of termite activity

Look for Tell-Tale Termite Damage Signs

If you have spotted one or more of the previous termite warning signals, begin looking for actual damage signs. In some cases, the damage is so obvious that you won’t even need the aforementioned warning signals as a clue.

Termite cement, which occurs when termites seal cracks and holes around a home’s foundation with a muddy cement, are a classic indicator of termite activity. Similarly, mud tubes are usually damage signs that signal termites are currently damaging the home. However, they still classify as potential warning signs since mud tubes can remain from old infestations, so they are not always signs of current damage.

Finally, look for wood damage. Unfortunately, noting actual wood damage means the infestation is quite advanced, so this is usually a bad time to first become aware of an infestation. Try to snuff it out by discovering hollow wood warning signals. At any rate, once you know present termite damage exists, it’s time to call in the professionals.

If You Have Termites, Eliminate Them with a Professional’s Help

If you have established termites have made your home theirs, it’s time to let them know that they are a most unwelcome guest. Take the time to find quality professionals in your area that know how to get the job done right and send those pests packing.

 

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Indicators of Termite Damage

Filed under: Termite Control,Termites — admin @ 1:03 pm March 17, 2015

Termite ControlTermites can cause significant damage to your home and other buildings on your property. Wood is the mainstay of the termite diet, but they can traverse through a variety of materials other than wood and cause serious structural damage, even rendering it unlivable.

Subterranean termites build their colonies in the ground and create tunnels to their food source – your home. These colonies can be massive, hosting tens of thousands of termites. Formosan termites have even larger colonies with populations numbering in the millions. This means that the colonies cover a very large area – and not only on your property. They can extend over several lots in a subdivision. So if your neighbor has termites it would be wise to look for damage or signs of a termite infestation in your own home.

Unfortunately, termite damage often goes undetected until serious damage has already been done. The signs can be very subtle and easy to miss. If you see what appears to be water damage on your ceiling, wall, framing, or flooring, take a closer look. Termite damage can mimic water damage.

Other signs to look for include:

  • Wood that is buckling
  • Swollen ceilings
  • Swollen floors
  • A mild odor that is similar to mold or mildew

Subterranean termites access their food sources that are above the ground via mud tunnels. These tunnels are created by the termites using mud, saliva, and feces. You can often find them near the foundation of a home that is infested but they may also be around door frames and window sills as well as cracks and joints.

If you suspect, inspect.

If you suspect that you have termites, conduct a thorough inspection of your home. Usually, subterranean termites are found near ground level of a home. This is not always the case, so don’t take it for granted that you are free and clear just because your first floor doesn’t show any signs.

Inspect the interior as well as the exterior, using a knife or screwdriver. Look for weak spots in the wood and hollow sounds when you tap on it. Using a bright flashlight, look in your crawlspace or basement for mud tunnels or swarmers. Since termites must live in a moist environment and cannot live long when not in the ground or a moist area, you may see swarmers around pipes in the bathroom or kitchen as well.

If you note termite damage or any indication of an infestation (this includes if your neighbor has termites) your best bet is to contact your pest professional and get a termite inspection on your home. If termites are found they can advise you on the best course of action. If you don’t have termites they can provide you with termite protection so in the event the little invaders decide to turn your home into lunch you can ensure that your home is secure.

Don’t let termites destroy your property! Call Horizon Pest Control for effective and affordable termite control in New Jersey.

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