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600,000 US homes per year are damaged by termites. $5 billion annually is spent on termite extermination and home repair. Control and eliminate your termite situation before repair costs become unmanageable.

Termite damage is one of the worst things that can happen to your home. Families across the country find their homes slowly eaten inside out and ravaged by termite swarms that they didn’t even know were there.

In many cases, termites can be nipping and gnawing at the structural integrity of your home for years without being discovered. But at this point it might already be too late: your repair bills will be through the roof.

New Jersey homeowners have to watch out, as termites are fairly widespread and active throughout the state. New Jersey is categorized as a Level 2 Termite Infestation Probability Zone, meaning there is moderate to heavy termite pest presence with the likeliness to cause significant home damage.

Keep your home safe, keep your family pest free, and keep your repair bills to a minimum. Whether you see signs of termite damage or you just want to sleep with peace of mind away from the thought of the pest, it’s time to call PermaKill Exterminating and let us do our termite pest control work.

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The Permakill Process

You Call

At (973) 587-6414, or schedule an appointment on our website. Tell us all about your termite problem.

We Inspect

Our NJ service team comes by immediately, or whenever works best for you. We take a look at the situation and give it our professional pest control analysis.

We Exterminate

Inspection and service can occur on the same day. We do what needs to be done – our termite treatment methods as well as continued termite monitoring to check on the progress of your home’s termite elimination.
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Termites 101: Getting to know the hungry eaters in your walls.

The Basics

Termites are winged insects, a type of tiny social cockroach that feed on decaying or dead plant matter and wood. The wood that homes are built of are an easy target for termites, as they can feast in the same place for years without being bothered.

At just 1/8th of an inch, a single termite can take over 3000 years to eat through an average-sized home. However, termites live in colonies, and an entire colony can turn the walls in a house hollow in just a few years.

So how do they get into homes? This kind of pest generally crawls into a home from the ground up, breaking in through the soil, where the house foundation meets the ground. The pest swarm then creates tubes in the walls of a house out of their own saliva and dirt, and slowly edge their way in. Winged termites simply just fly into the house and start roaming for the best place to build their colony.

Once settled in a home, termites crawl through the walls, scraping and nipping at the wood. While they typically stay inside the walls, they can also be found in furniture, in attics, and any other wooden object in the home.

In nature, termites are incredibly useful, as they break down wood – which other animals can’t eat – into forms that other living creatures can process. They do this with a collection of microbes and protists that live in their guts and assist with the fermentation and extraction process of the wood.

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Subterranean termites guarding the nest

Types of NJ Termites

NJ homeowners should be aware that New Jersey is a Level 2 TIP Zone, meaning there is a moderate to heavy presence of termites in the state. However, NJ residents in the south of the state need to worry more than those in the north, as North Jersey has mostly clay rocky soil (not ideal for termite colonies), while South Jersey has sandy soil.

Termites found in New Jersey are typically subterranean termites, as drywood termites are not native to New Jersey (although they can be carried in with wood), and Formosan termites are generally found in warmer areas in southern states.

Swarming behaviors of termites in New Jersey are as follow:

  • - Dark southeastern subterranean termites generally swarm in the day, from March to June
  • - Eastern subterranean termites generally swarm in the day, from March to May

 As a homeowner, you will typically see one of two signs as your first encounter with termites in your home:

  1. Loose wings: Hundreds of swarming termites that emerge on the first nice days of spring. One way to identify this is by seeing loose wings around windows or doors, as termites lose their wings when they swarm.
  2. Mud tubes: Termites do not like the light, so they build mud tubes out of mud and their saliva to travel from the soil to the wood. You will see these mud tubes along walls and floors.

 If you see these signs, it’s time to call a professional pest control team like PermaKill Exterminating right away.

Termites and Your Home

The amount of time it takes termites to cause significant damage to your home depends on the number of colonies that exist in the home. A single subterranean termite colony can contain anywhere from 60,000 to 1 million termites; a 1-million large colony of termites can eat an estimate of a pound of wood per day. Over weeks, months, and years, those eaten pounds add up.

The areas in a home most susceptible to termites include the wooden slab foundation and crawlspaces between the walls, as these are the darkest and generally dampest parts of the home that are made up entirely of wood.

To keep your home safe from termites, it is essential that you inspect and follow-up any potential signs of a termite infestation that you might see. This means regularly inspecting the outside foundation of your home, your basement, attic, and any crawlspaces you might have.

If you notice any signs of termite presence and need to get it under control, call PermaKill Exterminating immediately for a professional pest control termite inspection, pest control service estimate and analysis.

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Signs of Termite Infestation

  • Hollow or papery timber when knocked on, showing that it has been eaten out from the inside
  • Doors and windows becoming difficult to shut, due to the warping they experience from moisture after termites eat through them
  • Frass, or termite droppings, which come from drywood termites (as subterranean termites control and build tunnels with their feces). These look like small black powdery substances around their infestation points
  • Flying termites (swarmers) or “white ants” crawling around (termites look like white ants although they are a type of cockroach)
  • Mud tubes on the walls or the floors

  • Loose wings around the doors or windows after termites swarm
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How Termite Pest Control Service Works

When working with professional pest control services for your termite control issue, there are typically three pest control treatment methods. These are:
Soil Treatment Service: As most termites can be found in the soil, one of the most effective termite control methods is a soil treatment. This procedure consists of applying a precise termiticide barrier around the exterior of your home. Termites will readily pass through this barrier which will lead to the elimination of the termite colony.
Wood Treatment Service: If you want to treat a specific area or piece of wood, a wood treatment termite control method can work wonders. It includes surface sprays, injected sprays and foams, and Borate treated wood.
This method is the most effective when you apply it directly to the wood as your home is being built.
Bait Control Systems: Bait control systems utilize bait stations, placing the bait around the home and monitoring these over time. Termites eat the bait and bring it back to the colony to eliminate the colony.

Termite Control FAQ

What is the difference between termites and ants?

Termites are often confused with white ants, but there are some key differences between the two:
1. Termites eat wood and ants nest in wood.
2. Termites have wings equal in size, and ants’ wings are larger in front, smaller in back. After the subterranean termites swarm, they will discard their wings.
3. Termites have a straight waist and ants have a narrow waist.
4. Termites have straight antennae and ants have elbowed antennae.

How can I build my home to control termite prevention and make it less attractive to termites?

During construction, use a concrete foundation and leave a ventilation space between the soil and wood. Cover exposed wood surfaces with a sealant or metal barrier. This will help your termite pest control from the start.

Are there other insects that I have to worry about when thinking of my wood?

Aside from termites, homeowners should be aware of carpenter ants and carpenter bees. These pests also excavate wood and damage the interior of wood, but not to eat it; they do this to create nests. 

Do bed bugs eat wood like termites?

No, bed bugs are not like termites and they do not eat wood. However, bed bug infestations can include wooden furniture with small cracks and crevices. But a bed bug is not attracted to wood specifically; a bed bug typically finds whatever hiding place it can stay in a home.

How can I keep termite prevention maintained in my home?

Here are a few tips for maximum termite prevention that you can do on your own:

- Don’t let any leaks last for too long, fix them right away
- After construction, keep the soil around the foundation dry through proper grading and drainage
- Reduce openings that offer termites access to the structure (filling cracks in cement foundations as well as around where utilities pass through the wall with cement, grout, or caulk)
- Keep vents free from blockage, including plants
- Ensure that trees and shrubs are not planted too close to the structure and do not allow them to grow against exposed wood surfaces
- Do not pile or store firewood or wood debris next to the home
- Inspect periodically to help ensure that wood destroying termite colonies do not become established

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