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TERMITE CONTROL new termite image

No business is safe from termites!

The biggest problem with termites is that you usually don't see them or the damage they cause until it's too late. In fact, the annual cost of termite damage to buildings in the United States is greater than that of fires, storms and floods combined.

Termites are extremely well organized and they can find a way inside any structure, regardless of its construction. That's why we offer advanced treatment methods for termite control and elimination.

Whatever home you own or operate, let us be your line of defense against termite invasions. We can even help protect condominiums and multi-family units.

The Truth About Termites

When termites infest structures they do more damage than fires, storms, and earthquakes combined. Termites will infest over 2 million homes this year and cause over $750 million in damage, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. It pays to control them before they can harm your property.

Homeowner insurance will help recover losses from fires, storms, and earthquakes, but it is impossible to carry insurance against termite infestation. Termites work the day shift, night shift, weekends, and holidays. Termites eat wood. In their natural state, they eat fallen logs and stumps from the forest floor. But on your property they can eat away the equity you have built up in your home and property. Termites are extremely well organized and can find a way inside any structure. That's why THE HILSEN METHOD offers advanced treatment methods for termite elimination using all methods available in one personalized program.

termite imageNo home, old or new, is safe from termites. Only a professional termite prescription treatment will prevent termite entry. THE HILSEN METHOD can effectively protect your business or housing investment for years to come.

Let HILSEN be your line of defense against termite invasions.

Termites feed on wood and also destroy paper products such as books, cardboard boxes and a variety of other items. Even buildings with steel framing and masonry walls are targets because of the wooden door and window frames, cabinets, and shelving within the buildings. Given enough time, they will feed on the wood until nothing is left but a shell.

The most common termite in New Jersey is the subterranean termite. Subterranean termites are extremely destructive because they tunnel their way to wooden structures, like your home. Although small in size termites are large in numbers. Termites congregate in enormous underground colonies that house hundreds of thousands to millions of individual termites. They are dispersed throughout the soil at feeding sites around your home, living as deep as 20 feet underground. Feeding on cellulose-based material, termites find human dwellings offer the ideal combination of warmth, moisture, and food.

A termite colony is large, composed of the queen, king, winged reproductive swarmers, soldiers, and workers. Worker termites are small, creamy white insects. They are the most numerous and cause the most termite damage. A property owner seldom sees the worker termites, but in the spring he may see swarming winged reproductives. The winged reproductives leave the parental nest in swarms to create a new colony. When they swarm it signifies a well-developed colony. The swarming lasts less than an hour, so it's very likely you'll never even see it. This form of termite can easily be confused with a winged ant.

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The difference between a termite and an ant: TermiteAntComparisonPicture

TERMITE: 

  • straight beadlike antennae 
  • soft body
  • thick waist
  • 2 pairs of wings equal in length
  • 2 body segments 

ANT:

  • elbowed antennae
  • hard body
  • arrow waist
  • front wings longer than back 
  • 3 body segments
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How Termites Enter The Home:

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Subterranean termites build their nests in the ground. They construct mud tubes to explore for food and then connect their underground nest to that food source. They can enter a building without direct wood contact with the soil through these tubes.

Termites can enter buildings through cracks, expansion joints, hollow bricks or concrete blocks around plumbing. They can find their way into a structure through an opening as small as 1/32 of an inch.

Any building, whether constructed with slab, basement or crawl space foundations can be targets for termite infestation. Termite survival depends on finding edible material to support the colony. They leave their colony and funnel through the soil in search of moisture and food.

A thorough inspection by our termite management technician is the 1st and most important step in protecting your property. HILSEN'S pest management technicians are specially trained in termite behavior. Our technician's "experienced" eyes can locate the specific areas in your structure where termite attack is likely to occur. Our technician will design a treatment plan for your house that will control any current infestation and establish a chemical barrier around the structure to inhibit further termite entry. HILSEN'S technicians know how to protect your structure from infestation and damage for years to come.

Typical Sites of Termite Activity:

  • tree stump
  • air conditioning drip line
  • chimney slightly pulled away from house
  • wood-to-ground contact
  • wood piles
  • stucco/rigid foam insulation below soil
  • decks
  • damp soil under slab
  • poor drainage
  • railroad ties -mulch beds
  • below gutters
  • buried wood
  • construction material
  • piles of firewood
  • loose mortar joint
  • small space around a drain pipe
  • settlement crack in the basement

How Do I know if I have Termites?

Termites are usually seen swarming during the spring. You may also find piles of wings as their wings break and drop off after flight. termite 2

Your property can be in danger even if you haven't seen swarming termites or traces of damage. Termites eat wood from the inside out, often defying detection for years while doing extensive damage to the wood and threatening the integrity of your home.

The longer you delay treatment, the more damage termites can do. Repairs will become extensive and more expensive. Generally speaking, the sooner you approve treatment the better. If you become aware of any signs of infestation or if your neighbors have termites, call HILSEN your pest management professional to come give you a free inspection. termite 3

Let HILSEN be your line of defense against termite invasions.

How We Fight Them…The HILSEN Method

HILSEN uses all available treatment methods in an innovative way. We call this the systematic termite control program THE HILSEN METHOD which combines all modern methods of baiting, liquid, foaming, wood treatment, gel baiting, and mechanical recommendations to provide the best results for each individual property. Our company will use a variety of methods to solve your specific problems. We use the best of all available methods and the latest science and technologies. Our goal is to rid your house of termites as fast as possible. THE HILSEN METHOD will cause very little upset to your daily routine

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FAQ Concerning HILSEN'S Termite Prescription Treatments:

What is a termiticide?
It is a type of chemical used for the control of termites. Each is extensively tested for effectiveness by the U.S. Forest Service and registered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Will the wood in my home be treated?
Direct treatment of the wood is seldom done since the soil application procedure will eliminate the majority of subterranean termite problems. If required we will use special products to effectively remove termites from the wood.

Will there be an odor?
There might be a slight odor from the treatment but it should only last a short period of time. HILSEN uses the most environmentally friendly, low odor prescription treatment products available.

What treatment is best, liquid or baiting?
Both methods eliminate termites differently. That's why THE HILSEN METHOD combines all methods available including liquid, gel baits, and foams to develop the best plan for your property.

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