One in five building in New York and New Jersey will be invaded by wood-eating termites this year. Termites cause $5 billion damage to U.S. property every year, according to National Pest Management Association estimates. A small colony of Eastern subterranean termites, the species native to New York and New Jersey, can munch their way through a yard or more of pine 2×4 in a year. The problem is that most termite colonies are not small, but number in the millions, multiplying their destructive power.
Complicating the issue for commercial property owners is the fact that termites typically go unnoticed until colonies reach maturity and produce winged reproductives to expand the colony, a process that takes about 5 years. By the time business owners notice puddles of what look like winged ants milling around foundation plantings, termites may already have caused extensive damage to the wooden studs, joists, subflooring, door frames and trim of the commercial building. Termites will attack any wood they come in contact with, including concrete framework.
Including termite inspections in your annual commercial pest management services is the best way to protect your New York or New Jersey commercial property from termite damage. If you notice signs of termite activity — flyers, mud tubes on concrete walls or floors or piles of scale-like wings on windowsills — call Stern Environmental immediately for expert commercial termite extermination.