Oakmont has Best Way to Get Rid of Termites and Wood Boring Beetles...Stop them before they get into your Home!
At Oakmont Environmental we understand that the Natural Order for Termites and Wood Boring Beetles is to stay outdoors. Man has altered that Natural Order by building safe havens for Termites and Wood Boring Beetles to congregate in and multiple– we know them as houses, apartments, condos and multi-unit dwellings among other names.
At Oakmont we take the time to Restore the Natural Order keeping Termites and Wood Boring Beetles outdoors where they belong to prevent an infestation the first time. Adhering to strict Green IPM (Integrated Pest Management) principles is only one way Oakmont serves its Residential customers by using as few pesticides as possible.
Instead, we create Perimeter Barriers using lower impact synthetics and Active Baiting Technologies instead of just spraying pesticides. Once all the invaders are gone it is much easier to keep them out again with a solid IPM approach.
At Oakmont Environmental, our IPM approach mandates that we perform the following to ensure you remain Free from Termites and Wood Boring Beetles: Monitoring, Educating, Communicating, Integrating Controls, Thresholds and Evaluation.
Pre-existing Termites and Wood Boring Beetles
For New Customers of Oakmont Environmental who are unfortunate enough to have Termites or Wood Boring Beetles in your home Oakmont uses two methods to rid you of them:
- Synthetic chemicals and Active Baiting Stations a True IPM approach
- A Green Hybrid approach with a mix of Thermal & Synthetic Pest Control for FASTER Results
Our Green Hybrid uses the thermal mortality of the targeted species with a species specific synthetic residual to prevent re-infestation and is an exclusive Oakmont Environmental product.
We refer to its a“ONE & DONE” Termite or Wood Boring Beetle Treatment to get your wood damage problem under control because there is simply no other method to kill, get rid of or knock down a greater percentage of the Termite or Wood Boring Beetle population in such a short period of time.
The advantages of a “ONE & DONE” Green Hybrid approach over traditional treatments is numerous such as:
- Initial Treatment completed in 1 day with same day results
- No Prep as initial treatment uses ZERO Chemicals
- KILLS ALL STAGES of Termites or Wood Boring Beetles in treated areas
After we have conducted our systematic thermal Termites or Wood Boring Beetles genocide we can start a strict Green IPM (Integrated Pest Management) program using as few pesticides as possible.
Oakmont will create Perimeter Barriers using lower impact synthetics and Active Baiting Technologies and that will keep the Termites and Wood Boring Beetles from returning!
Common New Jersey Termites and Wood Destroying Beetles We Target
Eastern Subterranean Termites
Present throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York and often damage structural timbers in buildings. When this damage becomes evident, it is usually the result of years of infestation.
Thus, damage by termites is not a sudden onslaught that will cause a building to collapse in a few days. Generally, termite problems only occur some years after construction – usually 10 years or more. The risk of infestations can be reduced by avoiding certain faults or errors in construction, site grading and maintenance, or controlled through the application of soil insecticides or baits.
Termites feed upon old roots, tree stumps, fallen tree limbs and branches on the ground, and similar materials. They are beneficial when they aid in reduction of wood and similar cellulose products into compounds that can be used again by other living organisms. Occasionally termites attack living plants, including the roots of shrubs and trees. In buildings, they feed on cellulose materials, such as structural wood, wood fixtures, paper, books, cotton, and related products.
In our area most termite infestations occur in the basement or cellar areas and in the structural timbers immediately above the cellar walls, such as the mudsills, studs, joists, subflooring, and the floors. Wooden posts, steps, door frames, and trim embedded in an earth or concrete floor are especially susceptible to termite infestation. Wood siding, window frames, steps, and similar materials covered by earth or resting on the ground may also be attacked by termites. Where the termite infestation is extensive, the flooring and framework in the walls can be damaged by termites; this is often the case where houses are built on concrete slabs.
Termites especially favor areas around furnaces, chimneys, hot water heaters, and hot water pipes that provide warmth during cold months. The extent of damage to structural timbers and woodwork can be determined by a careful inspection of the building. Although you may choose to make the inspection yourself, we recommend you have a professional pest control operator inspect the building.
Licensed pest control companies have individuals with experience in detecting termite infestations that many laypeople would otherwise overlook. All woodwork in suspect areas should be probed for soundness and visually inspected for any sign of mud tunnels. An awl, ice pick, screwdriver, or similar instrument is commonly used to probe the wood. After the area and extent of infestation are determined, control measures can be planned.
Old House Borer Beetles
The old house borer is one of the most injurious wood-boring insects inhabiting New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. The name is somewhat misleading since a large number of infestations are noticed in homes just four to seven years after construction. The larva bores through wood and also feeds on it. Tunnels made by the larva weaken structural timbers. The borers feed only in pine, spruce, and other coniferous woods.
The old house borer is native to North Africa and is believed to have arrived in North America around 1875. The beetles currently range from Maine to Florida and west to Michigan and Texas.
The adult beetles emerge mainly during July and August. They mate, then the female deposits her eggs in the natural cracks and crevices of the bark of felled logs and in wood stored in lumberyards. Subsequently, infested timber may be used in newly constructed buildings. In wood, the larval stage may last from three to fifteen years. The average time for the borers to reach maturity in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania (in structures heated year long) appears to be from five to seven years.
The majority of borers are secreted in the thicker timbers of a building. Very few ever have been located in wood less than one-inch thick. Nearly all the structural infestations in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania are started by old house borer larvae in some of the original construction timber.
Most infestations remain localized. However, where excessive wood moisture is found, such as poorly vented attics and leaky roofs, beetles will flourish, spread to other structural items and cause much damage in a short period of time.
Powder Post Beetles
Powderpost beetles breed in dead and dried hardwoods such as the dead branches and limbs of trees. Their presence is overlooked until they are discovered in stored lumber, rafters, joists, finished wood, and furniture products. As a rule, they enter lumber while it is being stored and cured, then later, emerge from the finished product. Old items of furniture and wood antiques are especially vulnerable to attack by the beetles.
Adult beetles deposit eggs in the pores and exit holes of seasoned lumber, usually in the spring. The mature larvae are small, white grubs about 1/5-inch in length. They produce the fine sawdust mentioned previously. The larvae overwinter in the wood and reach their adult stage in spring.
Adult beetles emerge from the wood through small round exit holes. Powderpost beetles prefer the sapwood of oak and other hardwoods and many of the insects will continue to breed in an infested piece of wood for generations. This practice can result in an ultimate destruction of the wood.
Wharf Borer Beetles
Also commonly known as false blister beetles. Wharf borers are present in all the states of the USA except for Florida. It takes about a year to develop from an egg to an adult. The insect is called the ‘wharf borer’ because the larval stage of this insect is often found on pilings and timbers of wharves, especially along coastal areas. The adult beetles can be identified via a black band across the end of both elytra, or wing covers.
In addition, wharf borers can be distinguished from other members of the Oedemeridae family via the presence of a single spur on the tibia of the forelegs, and the distance between both eyes (twice the length of one eye). Eggs are oviposited on rotten wood where larvae hatch and burrow to feed on rotten wood. Adults do not feed and depend on stored energy reserves accumulated during the larval stage. They are considered to be a pest because they damage wood used in building infrastructures.