Termites may be small, but the damage they can cause to your home is anything but. According to the National Pest Management Association, termite infestations cost homeowners an estimated $5 billion each year in repairs and treatment costs. That’s more than double what is spent on fire damage repair annually!
In Union County, termites are a very real threat — and one that should not be taken lightly. Universal Pest Control has an experienced team of licensed technicians who specialize in termite removal and control services for residential properties throughout Roselle and its surrounding areas. We use only the most advanced tools and techniques to ensure the complete eradication of these destructive pests from your property.
Don't wait until it's too late — contact us today at (908) 403-3115 for comprehensive termite control solutions! Our termite control specialists proudly serve customers in Essex, Middlesex, Morris, Somerset, and Mercer Counties.
Termites are one of the most destructive pests in the world, with an estimated 4,000 species inhabiting every corner of our planet. While many are harmless and even beneficial to their environment, only a handful have been known to invade and damage homes. These include subterranean, Formosan, and drywood termites — all of which can be found throughout Union County.
The most common type of termite infestation in Union County is the subterranean variety. Subterranean termites live in large colonies underground and travel upwards in search of food sources like wood and other cellulose materials. They build mud tubes between their nests and their food sources and seek out moisture-rich environments like wood that is exposed to high humidity or has suffered water damage. They can quickly cause costly structural damage if left unchecked, so it’s important to contact a pest control specialist right away if you notice any signs of an infestation.
Formosan termites are native to Asia but have been introduced to many parts of the world including Union County through international shipping containers carrying infested wooden materials. Unlike subterranean termites, they do not require direct contact with soil or moisture as they are capable of producing their own water from metabolic processes within their bodies. Formosan colonies tend to be larger than those built by other species — often containing millions of workers — making them much more difficult to eradicate once established on your property.
Drywood termites are another invasive species found in Union County though not as commonly as subterranean or Formosan varieties. As their name implies, they do not need contact with soil or a water source as they can get all the moisture they need from consuming wood inside walls or roofs where there are high humidity levels due to poor ventilation or plumbing leaks. Drywood termite colonies can easily spread across large areas because they produce winged reproductives (alates) that fly off in search of new sites for establishment once mature enough -- meaning multiple nests may exist on your property at once without you noticing until too late!
As destructive as termites are, they often go undetected by homeowners until it's too late. This is because termites have evolved to be incredibly stealthy and skilled at hiding their presence from us. They can quickly cause costly structural damage if left unchecked, so it’s important to be aware of the warning signs that may indicate a termite infestation on your property.
Some warning signs of activity to watch out for:
- Mud tubes: Subterranean termites build mud tubes between their nests and food sources as a way to protect themselves while traveling above ground. If you find any suspicious-looking mud tubes around your home or near wood structures, this could indicate an active infestation.
- Discarded wings: Reproductives (alates) shed their wings after mating, often found near windowsills or doorsills where they have flown in from outside colonies. If you spot any discarded wings around these areas, contact a pest control specialist right away for further inspection!
- Wood damage and hollowed-out structures: Termites consume wood as part of their diet and will leave behind telltale signs such as hollowed-out structures, fractured wood grain, or “sawdust”-like piles of wood fragments. These indicate that termites may live in your walls or roof.
At Universal Pest Control, we take pride in offering professional solutions for our customers’ needs when it comes to dealing with termite infestations — no matter what type you may have on your property. Our experienced technicians use the latest tools and techniques combined with industry-leading practices for complete eradication and prevention against these destructive pests so you can trust us with all your pest control needs!
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