Pacific Dampwood Termite – As their name suggests, these insects will only inhabit damp or rotting wood. These insects will commonly infest rotting logs, fence posts, deck posts, and garden ties. They will also infest homes if there has been severe moisture issues, or prolonged wood to soil contact. Chemical treatment for this pest is rarely required. Simple removal of affected wood and replacement with new dry timbers will eradicate this pest. Correction of the moisture issue will prevent these termites from reoccurring. Our company can apply a residual treatment to new timbers to help protect against reinfestation.
Subterranean Termites – This insect is less common in our region, but is far more destructive. These insects will live in the ground beneath your home. They will then emerge through a crack in the foundation and begin to feed on the sill plates of your home. If left untreated, they will then work their way up into the studs of your house. These termites need to be treated by a professional pest management company.
How do I know if I have Subterranean Termites?
The first sign of the presence of this pest is their mud tubes. These insects only travel through these tubes. You will commonly find these mud tubes on the ground level or crawlspace area of your home. They are commonly found around the hot water tank or next to the baseboards in the ground level of the home. These tubes are made of granular dirt and or sand. When you disturb these tubes you may be able to see opaque white grubs, these are the worker termites. Another sign that these insects are infesting your home is the presence of flying reproductives. The reproductives are quite small and black with wings that are twice as long as the body. They resemble small flies and are commonly mistaken for flying ants. If you suspect you have these insects call our company for a free estimate.
Treatment for this pest is quite involved, and requires drilling and injection beneath the slab of your home.