The Eastern Subterranean Termite is the most common type found in New Jersey, but there are several different

members of a colony and they can look different from one another.  The most likely termite you will see if an infestation is already in play is a worker.  These are the tough guys of the colony; they are larger and their job is to protect the others from ants.  They are typically orange, and around 1/4” long.  Their bodies are flat and they have long, sharp mandibles on their head.  The other type of Subterranean Termite you might notice if there is a colony nearby is a swarmer.  These guys look like flying ants, with the exception of their waist.  An ant has a slender one, while a swarming termite has a broad waist about the same as the rest of their body.  They typically grow to about 1/4” long.


What do termites do?

Termites eat wood.  And hence, they cause terrible, irreparable damage to wooden framed structures.  They have evolved over millions of years to be able to survive incredible difficulties including lack of food or water for extended periods of time, heat, cold, and—get this—a termite can even live for almost 5 days without its head!  So thinking you can outwit these guys is simply wrong.  The best way to deal with termites is to avoid them in the first place.


What should I do if I see a termite?

If you see a termite in or around your home, the best course of action is to call a pest control professional right away.  Having been in the survival game for 250 million years has given these insects a quick reaction time, so disturbing them could mean that they will abandon the initial site and move on to a safer, more hidden place where you likely won’t find them until too late.  You can call Ace Walco any time to schedule a free, no-obligation inspection.  We will schedule it at your convenience and our friendly professionals will have a look and discuss your options for mitigation.  

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