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Looking at todays marketing you would think termites and carpenter ants are the only pests you need to be concerned with but, the most damaging structural pest isn't even an insect.
Proper treatment of decay means discovering and eliminating the source of the moisture supporting it. It often requires the coordinated efforts of a general contractor and a pest professional.
Treatment goes beyond repairing the damage. Treating the new wood and wood adjacent to the damage kills the existing fungus and inhibits the spread of the fungus if a leak occurs in the future. Click here to learn more.
The most frequent structural insect pest in the Northwest. The carpenter ant doesn't actually eat wood but, damages it while carving out galleries to build its nest. Click here to learn more.
Wood Boring Beetles
Damage is caused by immature stages consuming the wood and reducing it to a fine powder. Beetles lay their almost microscopic eggs in the wood grain. The holes left behind are from the adult insect leaving the wood.
There are many different types of beetle that can be found in structures but most do only superficial or cosmetic damage that does not require treatment to eliminate the infestation.
Most infestations that do require treatment occur in the crawlspaces under older homes.
That's not to say that newer homes are immune, only that with improvements in construction techniques the conditions that support infestations don't occur as often.
These termites live in structured colonies that can span acres under ground.
Damage occurs when workers forage into structures to feed or carry material back under ground to support fungus farms that provide most of the food for the colony.
As the names imply, both of these insects attack wet wood. Controlling them seldom requires treatment but finding and eliminating their water supply is a must.
Both are associated with defects in construction that allow water to be trapped where it can't dry out easily.
Often an infestation of these insects is the only warning sign that a larger moisture problem exists that is supporting decay fungus. Click here to learn more.
It's a primary component in many modern structures so wood damaging pests are an understandable concern for property owners.
Keeping structures in good repair with regular inspection and maintenance are the keys to prevention. However, pests can occasionally find their way into the best maintained structures.
Effective treatment pests requires specialized tools and training.
Because of variations in treatment techniques and structures there is no "one size fits all" service for structural pests.
Even if an inspector or another pest control company has told you what the pest is and how to treat it, we need to confirm the infestation is there and tailor our treatment to match your structure.
We provide the expertise to accurately diagnose and effectively treat these pests.
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