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Got Termites?

Termites cause over $2 billion dollars of damage each year. Termites have been labeled as the “silent destroyer,” and most of the time, they go unnoticed for a long period of time.

There are different types of termites. The Eastern Subterranean Termite is the most common termite in America. These are the only termites found in Northern New Jersey.

When underground, each termite has a specific role – reproductive, worker, or soldier. The workers and the soldiers are almost blind. Since they spend their lives in the dark, the have no need to develop operative eyes. The reproductive termites are the only ones that need eye and use their eyesight. They need it in order to fly to find mates and a new home to feed off of.

Termites hide beneath flooring, behind siding, walls and wood trim. They also eat 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Without the eye of a termite exterminator in NJ, the damage it can create on someone’s home is traumatic.

One in five homes in New Jersey are expected to be invaded by these pests. Termite control companies are frequently being called to save a person’s home from being destroyed.

NJ Bed Bug Control – No sleeping tight when blood-suckers bite

It’s a drab building that you’ve probably passed many times on First Avenue without even thinking about who lives there or why. Wedged between Egbert’s furniture store and the Frontier Room, it’s an easy spot to forget: a forbidding fence, a concrete courtyard and, on occasion, a person of little means lingering over a smoke.

The building is Bell Tower, a publicly owned high-rise that’s home to about 120 people who are either retired or disabled. Their rent is subsidized by their landlord, the Seattle Housing Authority.

That tends to make most SHA tenants wary of saying or doing anything that would cause them to lose their housing — even when there’s a problem, people clam up. That makes it all the more amazing that tenants on the Bell Tower Resident Council are not only threatening to sue the agency, they’ve got a lawyer: Starbucks attorney Julie Wade, who was once the housing authority’s general counsel, is representing the group for free and, on Jan. 22, sent a letter to SHA seeking four months free rent for every resident of Bell Tower.

If they don’t get the free rent, says the council’s chair, Ken Jennings — who, it’s no coincidence, has two separate lawsuits of his own going against the agency — the group will file suit.

The issue is a $3.5 million rehab of the building that the housing authority started last August. Since then, Wade says in her letter to SHA Executive Director Tom Tierney, running water in the building has been shut off two dozen times for up to eight hours at a stretch, workers have come and gone from tenants’ apartments with no warning, and the construction and its noise and fumes have not only made people sick, it’s driven roaches and a much harder-to-kill pest in the building — bedbugs — from apartment to apartment to feed on residents.

At a meeting Wade had with Bell Tower tenants last fall, “At least ten of the residents present reported being bitten by bedbugs as well as the lack of an effective and timely response from SHA,” she says in the letter. “Reportedly, it often took 2, and sometimes 4 weeks, for the pest control unit to show up after a request had been properly filed.”

The conditions, Wade says, violate federal housing regulations, which call for living conditions to be sanitary and units to have a functioning sink, toilet and tub or shower.

In a reply on Jan. 29, Tierney disagrees. It’s impossible, he writes, for a construction project not to inconvenience residents in some way and, sorry, but now that Seattle has a bedbug problem, “occasionally the demands on the bedbug pest control unit exceeds its capacity.”

That’s a little ominous: Being out of “capacity” means it’s OK for bedbugs to bite and suck on tenants at night? Jennings says no and that the Bell Tower council has already filed a formal claim with the housing authority demanding the free rent — the first step, he says, on the way to a lawsuit that the council’s executive board has already OK’d.