Category Archives: Termites

Schedule Termite Inspections Now

Termites damage hundreds of thousands of U.S. buildings, causing more than $1.5 billion in structural damage every year. In the greater New York City and northern New Jersey area, one in five buildings will be attacked by termites. Scheduling an annual termite inspection by a licensed commercial termite extermination expert is your best protection against termite damage. The time to schedule your commercial termite inspection is now before colonies begin to reproduce and spread.

Typically, Eastern subterranean termites, the only termites found in our region, start launching reproductives in March; but a lengthy unseasonable warm spell could trigger the process earlier. You want to make sure your property is inspected and protected well before colonies start expanding. Early treatment can both minimize damage to your building and prevent termite colonies from spreading to additional locations on your property.

Termites are continuously active throughout the year. Living deep underground below the frost line where the temperature is a balmy 55 degrees F. year-round, termite colonies are unaffected by the cold and snow. Social insects, termites live in huge colonies that can number in the millions. In one year, a mature colony of just 60,000 termites can devour more than two lineal feet of pine 2×4 — and termite colonies are typically much larger. Left untreated, a termite infestation can eventually cause structural collapse.

Don’t place your commercial property at risk, call Stern today to schedule your annual termite inspection.

Termites Invade 1 in 5 NY-NJ Buildings Annually

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.

How to Tell the Difference between Termites and Carpenter Ants

This is swarming season for termites and carpenter ants in New York and New Jersey. If you see what look like puddles of white or gray-winged flying ants milling around in the garden or lawn of your business, you most likely have a problem on your property. Insects close to the building foundation or discarded wings on window sills or near doorways typically mean insects have actively invaded the structure.

Once the ground warms in the spring, both termites and carpenter ants produce winged reproductives. These specialized insects crawl from their underground nests to the surface where they pair up and fly off to mate and establish new colonies. Poor flyers, the females frequently land on the same or nearby properties. Biting off her wings, the female tunnels into the ground to establish a new nest. It takes about 5 years for a termite colony to reach maturity which means that considerable damage may already have occurred by the time winged reproductives are observed.

In their reproductive phase, both carpenter ants and termites look like winged ants. Both have 4 wings, 2 on each side; however, termite wings are all equal length and longer than their bodies while carpenter ants have longer forewings than hindwings.

If you see winged ants on your property call the termite specialists at Stern Environmental for a positive identification and prompt extermination.