Monthly Archives: November 2013

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.

Raccoon tests positive for rabies in Middlesex, New Jersey

In Metuchen, NJ, health services are reporting that raccoons are being tested positive for rabies.

This has been the 13th case reported within Middlesex county for 2013. Recently, a skunk was tested positive for rabies in Plainsboro.

Animal Control in NJ responded to a complaint that a pet dog killed a raccoon in a yard of a resident’s home. The raccoon was sent to the New Jersey Department of Health Laboratory for examination.

A couple days after the raccoon was brought to the lab for testing, it was reported that the animal was tested positive for rabies.

The pet dog was brought to a vet and received rabies vaccinations and was left there for 45 days for observation.

The Middlesex County Office of Health Services was administering flyers and fact sheets in the area about rabies. They also had an animal removal company discarding dead animals around for residents who reported wild animals, showing unusual behavior.

Residents were told by the Health Department to avoid contact with wild animals and to immediately report any bites from a wild animal to a local health department and consult their primary doctor.