Termites in Bergen County NJ

1st Choice Pest Control Facts:

termites-2Termites are very weak and fragile insects. They can be easily overpowered by ants and other predators when exposed.  To avoid these perils termites cover their tracks with tubing made of feces, plant matter, and soil.  Thus the termites can remain hidden and wall out from unfavorable environmental conditions.

The tubes may easily be spotted when they extend over concrete foundations and other exposed surfaces. However, the tubes are much less visible when they run along cracks in the foundation or behind siding and baseboards.

Description

termites-1Subterranean termites live in underground colonies or in moist secluded areas above ground that can contain up to 2 million members. They build mud tubes to feed on products containing cellulose. Subterranean termite workers are cream colored and 1/8 to 3/8 of an inch in length. Reproductive termites are approximately 1 inch in length.

Biology

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After a termite colony matures after 2-4 years, the reproductive swarmers are produced. Swarming usually occurs from January through April during the daylight hours and usually after a rain. Factors such as heat, light and moisture trigger the emergence of swarmers. The number of swarmers produced depends on the age and size of the colony.

 

termites_pest_control_bergen_county_njPrevention

Avoid water accumulation near your home’s foundation. Keep wood scraps and fire wood away from the foundation. Eliminate wood contact with the soil and keep a one inch gap between the soil and wood portions of the building.