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Termites, carpenter ants, powder post beetles and carpenter bees are wood destroying insects that can do massive damage to a home and greatly impact its value.

  One of the most invasive of these insects is the subterranean termite In humid areas where termites are more of a problem, it’s not unusual to find a home that has been virtually hollowed out, their wood siding turning to dust at a touch. 

  There are many steps you can take towards preventing infestation if you know what termites are looking for. Termites are ground insects that look for habitats that provide food, moisture and shelter close to the ground. Any moist place where wood meets ground. Correcting this situation may require re-grading to separate soil from any wood. Since mulch and many other landscaping materials cause the soil to remain moist, you should make sure to minimize mulching around your foundation. Some experts recommend mulching no closer than a foot from your home’s foundation. You should also stack your firewood away from your home. You should also make sure to eliminate any moisture problems in and around your home, especially in basements and crawlspaces.

  It takes an expert to detect termite damage. Home inspections do not include a termite inspection so it is highly recommended that you get a termite inspection in addition to your general home inspection. Aggressive inspectors are licensed in New Jersey to perform these inspections.  Area of Distribution: The Eastern subterranean termite is the most common and widely distributed termite in the USA, commonly found from southern Ontario, in all eastern states of the USA including Texas.


Destructive nature of Eastern subterranean termites

  The Eastern subterranean termite is a serious economic timber pest causing millions of dollars of damage throughout the areas where it is located. It is estimated that more than 1 in 5 homes in the high activity areas, been or will be attacked at sometime by these voracious little insects.


If You find these termites do NOT disturb them

  Eastern subterranean termites have acute survival instincts. If they are shaken up or disturbed, the termites often will abandon the associated area and move on to secretly cause damage in other areas in the building. If you find eastern subterranean termites in or around your property, it is essential that you do NOT disturb them and promptly arrange for a professional inspection and application of a termite bait to the live termites, if present in abundance.

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