Termite Control In Seattle, Guardian Pest Control Can Help
Guardian Pest Control in Seattle specializes in termite elimination and control. We have several techniques that we can use to get rid of your termite infestation and prevent it from coming back. We can regularly inspect your building for the signs of an infestation, and treat the problem before it gets too far gone. As a homeowner, it is important for you to follow some termite prevention best practices.These include keeping up with all of your home repairs like sealing unpainted wood and using mesh screens over vent openings, which are a popular spot for entering. Together, we can prevent the devastating damage that a termite infestation can cause.
Termites are the most famous wood-consuming insects out there. They mostly live in warm and hot climates around the world, but there are still some in the State of Washington. While an infestation of termites is perhaps not as common as some other insects, the effects can be devastating. Termites won’t just leave holes in the wood in and around your house. They can threaten the very foundation of a building if they are left to do their work for too long. The two most common termites species are drywood termites, which often show themselves in the fall, and subterranean termites, which appear in the early spring. Here is a rundown on both species.
Drywood termites arrive in the late summer and early fall, propelled by warm winds. They are blind, as they don’t even have eyes, and when they find a piece of wood, they latch on and start chewing. Luckily, 99% of termites die trying to find a place to feed. This is because of their lack of eyesight, and because they rely so much on the wind to transport them. The ones that survive cause billions of dollars of damage in the United States every year.
Despite their lack of eyesight, they can create incredibly sophisticated colonies very quickly. While it might take up to four years for a colony to mature, they get down to mating and reproducing right away. In that four years, they will have spent a lot of time feeding and weakening the structure where they live.Since they are burrowed inside the wood, they are incredibly difficult to spot, which is why an infestation can be so devastating. Some signs that you might notice are broken off bug wings near windows, which happens when they start burrowing, and pellets and sawdust near doors and window sills. You may also notice blistering paint or wood damage on your walls.
Drywood termites (sometimes look like ants),can cause a lot of damage. Subterranean termites can cause that damage at a much faster clip. This is because almost all of these termites are workers, and their one job is to feed and carve out a nest. These bugs fly in on the wind at the end of winter, and start colonizing. They like the moisture in the soil around a house, and approach the home from down there. One of their trademarks is the mud tunnels they leave under your house that can appear in your crawlspace or basement. These mud tunnels provide a handy transportation portal, but also protection against the weather and the elements. It can be very startling to find these tunnels, as they are very sophisticated considering they were created by a creature without eyes. Some other signs of infestation are again the broken wings, sawdust, and blistering paint.