Termites cost homeowners millions of dollars in repairs each year in the United States. The good news for Northern New Jersey is that termites are not as prevalent as in the South. The soil makeup is a big factor. North Jersey has clay rocky soil where South Jersey is sandy soil.
The two most common ways people find out they have a termite problem are:
- Swarmers – Termites swarm in the spring. There will be hundreds and hundreds of these small insects. They usually emerge on one of the first nice days of spring. When they swarm the termites lose their wings and finding loose wings by a door or window is another sign.
- Mud Tubes. – Termites do not like the light. To compensate they create mud tubes that they crawl through from the soil to wood. These mud tubes are brown and about as thick as a pencil and run from the floor to the wood.
The two most common ways of treating termites are by the conventional method and a baiting system. Both methods have a place in the tool box. We prefer the conventional method because we use a product called Termidor. The data on this product is phenomenal and our results have been outstanding!
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Common Varieties of Termites
The eastern subterranean termite is the most common North American termite. They feed on cellulose material such as wood, wood fixtures, paper, books and cotton. A mature colony can range from 20,000 to five million workers, with the queen adding up to 10,000 eggs per year to the total. Eastern subterranean termites have no permanent nests and the colony remains mobile.