New Jersey's Most Commonly Asked Termite Questions

May 22, 2020

In our modern day and age, there are not many questions that cannot be answered with a quick web search. A search like this is probably what brought you to this termite article. Lucky for you, we have everything you need to know to keep your home safe from these wood-destroying pests. Here are New Jersey’s most commonly asked questions about termites.

a termite crawling on rotton wood

What are the signs of termites in a home?

Some signs of termites you may notice will be the damage they do to your home. Among these signs structural issues such as tight-fitting doors and windows, bubbling wallpaper and or paint, dipping floorboards, and buckling walls. 
To spot termites early inside your home, here are some other harder-to-notice signs to keep your eye out for.

  • Pencil-sized mud tubes running up your home’s exterior foundation.
  • Galleries running through structural wood of your home.
  • Termite swarmers (winged termites) inside or outside the home.
  • A soft clicking noise coming from inside your walls.
  • Hollow-sounding wood.

Are termites harmful to humans?

Unless termite damage leads to severe structural failure inside your home, you are not likely to be injured by a termite. For one, subterranean termites (the most common termites here in New Jersey) cannot survive above ground for very long. Even if they were able to survive in the open air long enough, their mouth  parts are not built to harm humans, nor do they possess any form of stinger. The biggest problem termites pose, besides structural damage, is making holes for other more dangerous pests to get inside.

What is the cause of termites?

This might surprise you, but termites are actually picky eaters. When looking for a home or structure of wood to infest, they specifically keep their eye out for wood that has been softened by water damage and/or rot. They do this for two reasons.

  • To keep their bodies moist.
  • To make harvesting easier on them.

Once inside a structure of wood, subterranean termites will typically eat between the grain of wood where it is most soft.

Drywood and Formosan termites, on the other hand, do not care about the quality of the wood they eat. There are, to date, no cases of drywood termites here in New Jersey and just a handful of cases of Formosan termites.

To make your home less attractive to termites, here are some practical prevention tips you can try.

  • Fix leaks around your home.
  • Make sure your gutters are working properly.
  • Repair or replace water-damaged structural wood around your home.
  • Avoid using wood-based mulch near your home’s exterior.
  • Store firewood and lumber at least 30 feet from your home’s exterior.
  • Keep bushes and tree limbs trimmed away from the exterior of your home.
  • Use a dehumidifier inside if needed.

Can you treat for termites yourself?

How can you fight an enemy you cannot see? Even if you find a solution you are confident will work, there is no way to tell if it has had any success after you have put it in place. If you are looking for a way to save yourself money and stress, we would be happy to help you with any and all of your termite needs. At Amco Pest Solutions, we don’t have to guess with our treatments. We know how effective they are at removing and keeping termites out of New Jersey homes.

Give us a call today to find out what our team of dedicated professionals can do for you and your home.

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