What Everyone Ought To Know About Termite Swarmers In New Jersey
March 5, 2021
According to the New Jersey Agricultural Department at Rutgers University, termites continue to pose a tremendous risk for homeowners. These wood-eating insects now create over $1.5 billion in damages to homes each year in the United States. Property owners are often unaware that a termite infestation exists until significant damage has already occurred. One of the best opportunities to detect their presence is by learning to recognize a termite swarm.
Understanding Termite Activity in New Jersey
Most termites found in New Jersey are subterranean and will nest in the soil near a home. They reside in large working groups known as colonies which often exceed 50,000 insects. Most termites have a white color and many have a reddish-colored head. During the spring months, hundreds or thousands of swarming termites will leave the nest and are most likely to be visible.
Termite Swarming Behavior
Swarms of termites are likely to develop following a day of rain when the temperature exceeds 60 degrees. Swarming termites are equipped with transparent wings that enable them to fly. They soon shed their wings and will partner with a mate, which may be the beginning of a new colony if they survive.
Swarming Termite Misidentification
Termite swarmers in New Jersey are commonly confused with flying or winged ants, which swarm in smaller groups. A swarm of ants will generally not exceed 50 insects, while a swarm of termites is typically composed of at least several hundred.
Both insects have two pairs of wings; however, all four wings on a swarming termite are equal in size, while the rear wings on a flying ant are much smaller.
Signs Of Termite Infestation
Termites commonly spread to properties with water-damaged wood that is accessible from the ground (soil) such as through cracked foundations. The infestation will often begin in the lower level and progress upward along walls, particularly in wood that was exposed to a leaking pipe or other water-related concern. Often the infestations are found between ceilings, floors, or other less-visible interior areas.
Best Practices For Prevention
The following methods can greatly reduce the likelihood of a termite infestation:
- Create a barrier between the home’s foundation and the soil that does not contain any cellulose materials
- Do not store firewood near the home’s exterior and remove dead trees, leaf piles, and other vegetation
- The gutter system should be routinely inspected and kept free of debris or damage that could generate water problems
- Weatherproof windows, doors, and other potential points of water intrusion
- Promptly fix any leaking pipes and ensure that crawlspaces are properly ventilated
- Consider using dehumidifier units as necessary to reduce moisture
The Importance Of Taking Swift Action
Many homeowners will not detect an infestation until it has progressed for several months or years. Until the wood has been significantly weakened and is posing a potentially expensive structural risk.
Making matters worse, the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance reports that most homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover termite-related damage. This is not the time for do-it-yourself measures—an experienced pest control professional should be promptly contacted.
Effective Termite Control Solutions In New Jersey
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