TERMITE SERVICES IN WOODBURY HEIGHTS, NJ
Our state certified inspectors will thoroughly inspect all of the accessible areas of the structure. These include attics, basements, crawl spaces, garages, and decks. Upon request we can also evaluate for other insects and rodents. Thousands of inspections have been performed for the real estate industry as well as the private sector since the company’s inception fifty years ago.
The picture to the left illustrates a severe termite infestation in one of our customer’s basement. As you can see the termite mud tunnels are very extensive. A follow up treatment, six months after the initial application, had to be made to finally eliminate all the activity.
Sometimes it is necessary to utilize electronic equipment to assist in the inspection process. A moisture meter as depicted here is a very useful device for detecting elevated levels of moisture behind walls. If high levels are present this is an indication that a possible infestation could exist in this area.
After all of the areas have been closely examined a detailed report and diagram will be drafted on our computer software. If this inspection was for a real estate transaction or refinancing purposes it will also include any evidence of wood boring beetles, carpenter ants and carpenter bees. The information will be promptly mailed, faxed or emailed to the specified location.
We Offer Two Effective Treatment Options Designed Specifically To Fit Your Individual Needs
Traditional Method for Controlling Termites
A shallow trench is dug along the exterior foundation walls around the entire structure to be protected. Treatment is applied through an injection tool into the trench every twelve inches to a maximum depth of four feet. When completed the trench is filled in with untreated soil.
Once all of the exterior soil has been treated, the next step is to drill small treatment holes through all interior and exterior concrete slabs adjacent to the foundation wall every twelve inches. Then a liquid termite control material is injected in to the soil beneath the concrete. All of the drill holes are sealed upon completion.
Another important treatment procedure is to drill the cinder block foundation walls voids in the crawl space and or basement areas. Half inch diameter holes are drilled into the voids every twelve inches and a non repellent termiticide is applied into the space with specialized treatment equipment. This will prevent termites from using these hidden areas inside the wall to gain access to your home or business.
These treatment techniques will create a continuous barrier along the interior and exterior of the structure providing complete protection. It is very important that the treated soil not be removed or disturbed at any time after the treatment. This would void the warranty and allow termites to reenter the treated structure. This application comes with a one year renewable warranty.
If any termite activity reoccurs within the warranty period a re-treatment will be preformed free of charge. A thorough annual inspection will be provided every year as long as the extended warranty is renewed each year. Also while under our guarantee if the treated structure is ever sold a written report stating that the building is termite free will be issued at no additional expense. All this is included in our comprehensive annual termite protection warranty.
Shur-Proof Termite Protection
The first step is to drill a small hole into the soil next to the exterior foundation wall every fifteen feet.
Then a tamper resistant termite bait station is carefully inserted into each hole. The station has a locking lid so only a shur-kill technician can access the station.
Every station is individually scanned with a handheld computer and inspected several times a year for the presence of termites.
When termite activity has been detected, a slow acting bait is added to the station. The bait will be distributed to other termites, resulting in the elimination of the entire colony. Once total elimination is complete, monitoring only will resume in order to ensure no additional activity will occur.
This video depicts the initial stage of termites entering a termite bait station.
After the termites infesting the termite bait station have been detected an advanced bait matrix which is designed to eliminate the termite colony is added to the station as seen in this video..
In addition to installing the baiting system, all areas of the structure that show signs of active termites will be treated by injecting precise amounts of termite control material into the infested location. This will provide quick initial control which will allow time for the bait to adversely affect the colony. This program comes with a renewable one year warranty.
How to Tell the Difference Between Flying Ants and Termites
Entomologists refer to winged ants and termites as alates. The alate is simply the adult, sexually mature stage in the ant or termite life cycle. Alates develop in the colony from immature stages prior to the flight season. When the alates receive the proper cues (warm temperatures, bright sunlight, low winds, for example) they will leave the colony and fly away to start their own colonies.
The exodus of alates from a colony, known as a dispersal or nuptial flight, is commonly referred to as swarming; so alates are often referred to as swarmers. Male and female termites shed their wings and will pair up when a suitable mate is found. Then they will search for a suitably damp piece of wood or soil where they will start their new colony. Swarming in ants is different.
Male and female alates leave the nest and after the female is inseminated, the male dies. The newly fertilized female then searches for a suitable nesting site – the choice of where to nest depends on the species.
When termites swarm they are often misidentified as “flying ants”. This is a common mistake because termite alates look very much like ants. The pictures below illustrate this point:
Subterranean termitealates. One alate has shed it’s wings; such an individual is called a dealate.
Termites swarming from underneath concrete step.
However, there are three simple characteristics to look for that can be used to tell the difference between a winged ant and a winged termite
- Elbowed antennae
- Fore Wings larger than hind wings
- Constricted Waist
- Beaded antennae
- Fore and hind wings of equal size
- Broad waist
Ant versus Termite antennae:
Ant antennae are bent at an angle.
Termite antennae look like a string of beads.