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A Pest Control Company Is Refusing To Pay A Homeowner For Massive Termite Damage

Filed under: Pest Control,Termites — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 3:16 pm October 16, 2017

A Pest Control Company Is Refusing To Pay A Homeowner For Massive Termite DamageTermite

Termite infestations are a concern for homeowners all over America, especially in Florida. Florida is home to numerous types of termite species, which puts Florida homeowners on edge. One Florida homeowner from Lutz signed a contract with a popular pest control company that is based only in the state of Florida. The homeowner, Nathan Giordano, initially thought that he was getting a good deal after he signed a contract with the local pest control company. The contract stated that customers would receive regular termite treatments on their property as long as customers make annual three hundred dollar payments. In addition to that, the contract includes a one million dollar policy to cover any possible termite related damages. Ideally, the company would not have to pay for termite repairs since the company employs many pest control professionals who regularly inspect their customers properties. However, Giordano was one customer who noticed extensive termite damage to his home four months ago. Unfortunately, employees with the pest control company are choosing to ignore the contract by not paying for any termite-related damages to Giordano’s home.

Giordano has been a loyal customer of seven years and has always paid his annual premiums on time. Naturally Giordano assumed that his pest control company would abide by the rules outlined in the contract by paying him for the termite damage in his home. As a result of termite activity, Giordano was forced to have emergency repairs done to his home. These repairs have cost Giordano ten thousand dollars. Giordano believes that at least thirty thousand dollars in repairs is still needed. However, the pest control company is saying that Giordano’s home only became infested with termites as a result of conditions that are “conducive to termites”. Therefore employees with the pest control company believe that it is not their responsibility to pay for Giordano’s home repairs. In response to this Giordano has pointed out that the area of the contract that asks about “conducive” conditions is left blank. So far, a branch manager with the pest control company has offered Giordano just a bit more than twenty one hundred dollars in compensation, which does not make a dent in his termite repair costs.

Have you ever experienced a termite infestation, but were not sure as to which pest control professionals to contact?

Termites Cause The Removal Of A Beloved Tree

Filed under: Horizon Pest Control,Termites — Tags: , — New Jersey Pest Control @ 4:19 pm September 29, 2017

Termites Cause The Removal Of A Beloved Tree

We all know that termites can destroy valuable homes. And most of us know that termites are active consumers of plant-life. However, most people only complain about termite damage when homes have been affected. How often do you hear about the sad loss of an admired tree due to termite damage? Probably not very often. However, some people take decades old trees very seriously. For example, in San Diego, California, the Coral Tree Tea House in Old Town’s Heritage Park has recently been reopened after a historically significant tree was removed from the property. The Coral Tree House obviously gets its name from the majestic-looking coral tree that was a prominent feature at the park for six decades. Now, many members of the public, and even state politicians, are lamenting over the loss of the tree. The tree split and fell over a couple of years ago, and it stayed in that condition until finally being removed. State officials say that the tree fell over due to natural causes, but the individuals who run the Coral Tree House insist that termite damage brought the tree down. Pam Catania, one of the caretakers of the Coral Tree House, believes that the tree would still be standing if it had been sprayed with termite-killing insecticide.

The loss of the tree has been a major blow to the people living nearby in the surrounding neighborhood. Even former state Senator Larry Stirling has admitted to being disappointed over the fate of the tree. According to Stirling, waking up and seeing the tree missing from the park was “like being hit with a cold bucket of water while sleeping.” Stirling demanded that Supervisor Ron Roberts explain to him why the tree was removed. However, Stirling never received a response. Stirling claimed that the law allowed for public records regarding the tree’s removal to be released. This prompted the Department of Parks and Recreation Director Brian Albright to respond to former Senator Stirling’s inquiries. Albright claimed that the “DPR recognizes the value and significance of the coral tree at Heritage Park,” and that the tree unexpectedly fell as a result of natural causes. However, Pam Catania and her family insist that termites brought it down, and that the DPR failed to spray the tree with insecticide. A mature coral tree is now being sought as a replacement.

Have you ever experienced a termite infestation that caused a treehouse or a swing to be removed as a child?





A Former President And Union General’s Historic Home Was A Termite Hotspot

Filed under: Pest Control,Termites — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 3:13 am August 29, 2017

A Former President And Union General’s Historic Home Was A Termite Hotspot

If you have never heard of the eighteenth President of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant, then you are not much of a history buff. Grant was a two-term president, and a Union General operating under President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. Due to Grant’s accomplishments and overall importance to American history, many historians have stressed the importance of preserving the log cabin where Grant lived during the war. Fortunately, the government agreed to preserve the log cabin where Grant issued orders during the Civil War. Unfortunately, the log cabin ha come under attack by termites several times since the cabin had been built. These termite infestations have nearly destroyed the cabin many times over.

The most recent restoration to Grant’s cabin occurred back in the year 2000. Termites had caused more than thirty thousand dollars in damage by eating through several pieces of wood. The restoration included the replacement of twenty two logs, and was paid for with a grant from the National Park foundation. According to park historian Jimmy Blankenship, termites had eaten through several logs, as well as wood located above the cabin’s door (the only entrance). The termite-eaten wood connected the walls of the cabin to the ceiling. The cabin is located at the City Point unit of Petersburg National Battlefield Park, and only about five percent of the original cabin remains.

Back in September of 1981 a thorough restoration had also taken place; once again as a result of numerous termite infestations. However, the cabin was then located in Richmond, Virginia, which is where the cabin was moved in 1865. The cabin had been moved from City Point in 1865 so that Grant could command his troops from a more convenient location during the end of the Civil War.

During the restoration of 1981, the cabin was dismantled by the National Park Service for its relocation from Richmond to City Point. The National Park service was hoping that termites would be less of a problem for the cabin if it was moved back to its original home at City Point. However, this was not the case, as officials with the park service would discover nineteen years later.

Have you ever heard about termites destroying historical artifacts or the presence of termites within museums? To your knowledge, what is the most treasured item ever destroyed by a termite infestation?

The Last Invasive Termite Family Was Found In America During The 1990s

Filed under: Horizon Pest Control,Termite Control — Tags: , — New Jersey Pest Control @ 6:10 am August 18, 2017

The Last Invasive Termite Family Was Found In America During The 1990sTermites New Jersey

Many of you have heard of the eastern subterranean termite, as these termites cause more property damage than any other type of termite in the United States. Other termites that cause millions in damage each year include dampwood and drywood termites, and of course, Formosan termites. Since Formosan termites are invasive, and not as widely distributed within the US, then they must be the most recent termites to have invaded America, right? Well, not really. It is true that Formosan termites (Coptotermes formosanus) have only existed within America since the 1960s, but there is another invasive termite family that was found in Miami, Florida in 1996. I am referring to the Asian subterranean termite, or Coptotermes gestroi. Although many people often get Formosans and Asian Termites confused, due to their many similarities, these two termites are completely different.

Asian termites have not moved beyond the state of Florida. This is due to the Asian termites preference for more tropical regions. So far, Asian termites have not populated any regions that are farther north than Riviera Beach, Florida. However, these termites have been discovered infesting numerous structures and boats in Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, Palm Beach, Broward County, and especially Key West.

Asian termites are frequently found on boats that are docked within saltwater. Formosan termites, on the other hand, have a much heavier presence heavy within Florida. Formosans are able to survive in more temperate climates when compared to Asian termites. Currently, west Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale and Riviera Beach are the only three locations in the world where both Formosan and Asian termite populations overlap.

These two termites are also notorious for their ability to quickly devour wooden objects, and other materials containing cellulose, in a relatively short amounts of time. Formosan termites are found in several more southern states, but, luckily, experts believe that Asian subterranean termites will remain most active in southern Florida. However, experts say that a northward expansion is likely for Asian termites.

Did you know that there was a difference between Formosan subterranean termites and Asian subterranean termites? Do you think that these two termites could successfully produce offspring?

Termites Will Eat Their Way Into Swimming Pools

Filed under: Horizon Pest Control,Termite Control — Tags: , , — New Jersey Pest Control @ 4:05 am August 14, 2017

Termites Will Eat Their Way Into Swimming Pools | Termite Control

We all know that termites love to chew through wood, or anything containing cellulose, such as various forms of plant matter. Different termites threaten different forms of wood. Some types of termites stick primarily to forests where they can take their time destroying trees. Other termites, mostly eastern subterranean termites, but many others as well, enjoy destroying the wood located within people’s houses. When it comes to other materials, such as plastic, rubber or vinyl, termites will obviously show no interest in consuming such materials. However, termites are thirsty creatures, and they will chew through any type of material in order to access large sources of water. Swimming pools, for instance, are not immune to termite damage.

Termites may find their sustenance in cellulose from wood, but their powerful mouthparts are capable of chewing through synthetic materials if they are motivated to do so. Many pool owners have complained of what looked to be termite damage on their pools, but found such damage to be improbable. Unfortunately, termite damaged pool liners are not at all uncommon. What termites want is not a belly full of plastic or vinyl; instead, desperately thirsty termites are looking to satisfy their need for water, as termites require plenty of water in order to survive.

Pool owners may notice a gradual loss in pool water occurring over several days, or weeks, but initially, not much is thought of this water loss. After a while, and often after some inspection, tiny little holes can be found in various spots on above ground pools. Even pools built underground can be accessed by termites since many termites travel through dirt below the soils surface. Even below ground plastic pipes that are attached to swimming pools can become compromised as a result of termite damage.

Obviously, pools that are built with wooden materials are at even greater risk for termite damage. So resorting to wooden pool linings, over plastic or vinyl pool linings, will certainly not spare your pool from damage caused by termites. Just about any synthetic material can be penetrated by termites. If you should find that your pool has been damaged by termites, pest control professionals can offer anti-termite treatments that will end termite related pool damage.

Luckily, termites are not able to convert plastic into food, so termites are better off finding water sources elsewhere. But the astounding amount of available water within swimming pools must be an awfully tempting water source for parched termites.

Have you ever found termites floating within your pool? If so, did you later discover that termites had accessed your pool by chewing through its synthetic lining?

Termites Nearly Cause A Death After Ceiling Collapses

Filed under: Termites — Tags: , — New Jersey Pest Control @ 1:08 am August 4, 2017

Termites Nearly Cause A Death After Ceiling CollapsesTermites Nearly Cause A Death After Ceiling Collapses

What is the worst that could result from a termite infestation? Perhaps you will have to move out of your home as a result of termite damage. Or maybe your foot will fall through a vulnerable part of your floor where termites are active, causing your family members to point and laugh as you struggle to get free. Or maybe your house could cave in, resulting in your death. But how often do termites indirectly cause human deaths? Certainly a termite infestation would be recognized in time to prevent such a tragic occurrence. Well, not necessarily. Termite activity does not typically cause human deaths, either directly or indirectly. However, there was recently a close call involving an elderly woman whose ceiling collapsed on her as she was sleeping.

Emergency workers were called to a home in order to investigate the collapse of a neighborhood home. Once the emergency workers arrived they found a pile of rubble where a house once stood. The rubble had been the home of an eighty two year old woman. Initially, emergency workers were not sure if the woman could be saved, but she was soon found responsive while buried waste down in debris. It took a half of an hour for several members of the fire department to reach and free the woman from the rubble.

After an investigation into the matter, the fire department came to the conclusion that the woman’s home had collapsed as a result of a termite infestation. Police at the scene were amazed that the woman had not sustained more serious injuries as a result of the collapse.

A neighbor living a few houses down the street was awakened by a loud noise. After looking out the window she noticed that a house had collapsed; she was horrified because she personally knew the occupant. Several neighbors expressed their surprise over the reason for the collapse, as they all claimed to have annual termite inspections. Other neighbors expressed fear over a possible termite infestation ravaging their homes. Local pest control professionals will likely be busy for the next several months in this particular neighborhood.

How often do you have termite inspections done in your home? Have pest control professionals ever found termites within your home?





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!


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