Professional Bergen County Termite Control Solutions
How to Prevent a Termite Infestation and When to Hire an Exterminator
Termites can cause severe damage to both the aesthetics and structure of your home or business because their main source of food is wood. Termites can cause structural damage by penetrating plaster and metal siding, subterranean damage (which is often mistaken for water damage), and dry wood damage that can go undetected until the infestation grows out of control. And while termites do not typically present a significant risk of disease, they can spread through your home or business in New Jersey.
The costs associated with Bergen County termite control and repairing the damage increase the longer these pests are on your property. To protect your home or business from termites, you need to learn about the behavior of this pest, take steps for prevention, and find effective termite treatment options should an infestation occur. If you’re in need of termite treatments or termite inspections in Bergen County and the surrounding areas, contact Tapout Pest Control today.
What are Termites?
Termites reside in large groups — or colonies. They eat all day and night. There are many species of termites in the New Jersey area, but termites all tend to follow the same eating and movement patterns.
The king and queen termites are the largest termites in the colony, and they oversee reproduction. Soldier termites provide protection from threats to the colony. The worker termites are the ones that do the damage to your home or business by eating away at the structural wood, explain the local termite exterminators at Tapout Pest Control. Winged termites, also known as reproductive, alates, or swarmers, eventually leave in search of a new place to establish a colony. Upon finding a location that provides the moisture and food supply they need, the reproductive termites shed their wings and become the king and queen of a new colony.
How Do I Identify Termites?
Termites are insects, not arachnids, so they have six legs, and their bodies are divided into segments. Termites may also have wings, which are all around the same length. Even though termites are sometimes confused with ants, they have some significant differentiating features. An ant’s front wings are longer than its back wings, whereas a termite’s wings are equal in length. Termites also have different antennae than ants. For termites, their antennae come straight out of their heads. By comparison, the antennae of ants, such as wood ants, are bent at a 90-degree angle. If you aren’t confident in your identification, please reach out to our team for Bergen County termite inspection services.
How Do I Get Termites?
Termites commonly get into your Bergen County home or business through wood-to-ground contact. Any wood component of your house in contact with the ground can be a point of access for termites. Our termite control experts find termites in:
- Housing supports
- Deck posts
- Wood siding that contacts the ground
However, termites do not always need to enter your house through wood that contacts the ground. Termites that live underground, or subterranean termites, can come into your NJ home or business by using cracks in the foundation. Termites can also access your house through cracks in bricks or the mortar joining them. Concrete blocks and the walls of foundations may also provide sufficient points of entry. Over two or three years, the colony can get big enough to cause serious and costly damage. If you believe you have a termite problem in your home or business, contact Tapout Pest Control for a termite inspection or termite treatment.
What Are the Effects of Termites in and Around My Home or Business?
Because termites eat wood and plant-based products indiscriminately, they can take a chunk out of the value of your New Jersey home or business. It is estimated that in the US, $5 billion of damage is done by termites every year.
Even though termites can sometimes do their damage gradually over several months or a couple of years, the weakening of your property can be permanent and require replacing large sections of the framing. However, if the infestation is caught soon enough by a termite inspection, the building’s long-term value can be saved.
In addition to the framing of any New Jersey home or business, termites can also go after doors, window frames, and siding. Not only is the termite damage unsightly but when termites infest these portholes, they can threaten the energy efficiency and operation of the doors and windows.
The market value of your home can also drop significantly due to termite damage. Even signs of a former infestation can cause a buyer to move to the next option. Also, termite damage, in some cases, can be enough to slow or even negate a sale if it is seen during the inspection process.
Different Termite Treatments - Liquid and Baiting
Tapout Pest Control offers Bergen County termite control options to rid your home or business of infestation. Our termite treatments include liquid treatment and baiting.
Liquid: Liquid treatments involve the application of specially formulated termiticides to the soil around and beneath a property’s foundation. The liquid treatment creates a protective barrier, preventing termites from entering the structure. This termite treatment method creates a continuous barrier around the foundation, providing long-lasting protection against termites. It is a fast-acting solution, spreading quickly through the soil and eliminating termites upon contact, and preventing further infestation.
Baiting: Baiting systems rely on strategically placed bait stations to attract termites. These stations contain a slow-acting termite bait that is carried back to the colony, ultimately eliminating the entire termite population. This provides an effective solution by targeting the entire colony and they are non-invasive. This termite treatment option does not use chemicals, like the liquid treatment, but is not as fast acting.
CONTACT OUR TERMITE CONTROL EXPERTS
Stop worrying about termite invasion or property damage! The team at Tapout Pest Control is here to keep your home or business safe from pests. We pride ourselves on getting the job done right, and we promise that after our termite treatment, you won’t have to worry about sharing your space with termites. Our pest control company is proud to serve all of Hudson, Bergen, Essex, and Union counties.