Termites are the most destructive wood destroying pest in the world and account for billions of dollars in damages each year. In warmer, humid climates they are far more prevalent than they are here in the Pacific NW. However, although not as common, they are just as damaging when found in homes and should be taken very seriously.
This species of termites live under ground in colonies that can number over a million. They build tubes of mud that lead from their nest in the ground to the wood source that they are feeding on. They typically will be drawn to moist or rotting wood, but are not limited to just that. Subterranean termites are small and white in color depending on their role within the colony (worker, warrior, etc.). Reproductive termites are black with wings and have a two segmented body and look very similar to a carpenter ant. Of the two types of termites that we have in the Pacific NW, these are by far the most destructive. If you are seeing what you think are subterranean termites, we recommend addressing it right away so that it doesn’t cost you a lot more later in damages to your home.
This type of termite is not quite us destructive as their subterranean relative because they are only drawn towards wood that is moist, rotting or decaying. They are easier to identify because of their large, red two segmented body and wings. If you see these termites swarming around your home, you might want to look for a potential moisture problem.
What You Can Do:
Look for conducive conditions. Usually this comes in the form of old tree stumps, firewood or other decaying wood. Removing these conditions can go a long way in keeping them under control, although it will not eliminate them altogether.
What We Can Do:
Termite treatments are among the most extensive, labor intensive treatments that we offer. Because of their destructive nature, it becomes critical to treat them the correct way. We have a lot of experience and expertise in treating for termites. We stand behind our work and offer lengthy warranties for our treatments.
If you are concerned that you might have termites damaging your home, we recommend giving us a call. We would love to set up a free termite inspection or at least answer a few of your questions.
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