What To Do If You Spot Signs Of Termites On Your Grays Harbor County Property
September 15, 2021
There are few things as disheartening as cutting into a piece of wood and finding termites, especially if those termites are subterranean termites. These are the most destructive termites in the United States, costing U.S. property owners over $5 billion annually. Today, we're going to discuss the two most common types of termites you may find on your Grays Harbor County property and what you should do if you discover them—starting with subterranean termites.
As their name implies, subterranean termites are subterranean. That means they live in the ground. If subterranean termites find that your property has soil they can live in, they can present a threat to the structures on your property. They will come up from the ground and feed on the inside of wood and provide few or no warning signs that they've invaded your property. Over time, subterranean termites can destroy your investment if they are not caught.
What kind of soil do they need? Soil that has moisture in it. Subterranean termites have a low tolerance for arid conditions. For this reason, you'll find them in shaded areas that are well irrigated, and where there is ongoing watering of plants and vegetation.
Subterranean Termite Detection
It can be very difficult to detect subterranean termites. They stay hidden from view and the signs they leave are often hidden.
These termites create mud tubes on foundation walls, steps, and other structures to go from the ground to the wood inside a home or business. These may be seen in open areas but more often they're hidden in shaded, dark spaces under structures. This makes them difficult to spot.
The damage subterranean termites do is mostly on the inside of wood. You're not likely to see any damage until a structure is significantly compromised. It may manifest as walls bulging, floors sinking, or ceilings dipping down.
The appearance of termite swarmers can be a helpful sign that you have a termite problem. These are the winged termites in a colony. They are produced by mature colonies to create new nests. So, seeing swarmers isn't an early sign. It is also a sign that can go undetected because swarms don't last for more than 30 minutes and only happen once, or maybe twice, a year.
These termites do much better with dry conditions. When they get into structures in Washington, they nest inside the wood—not in the soil. It doesn't matter how humid the vegetation or soil is around the structures on your property. Drywood termites aren't attracted to moisture, humidity, or shade. They will, however, gravitate to humid points within your home. These insects get their moisture from the wood they consume. Their preference is to chew on window and door frames since these tend to have a higher moisture content.
Drywood Termite Detection
It is far easier to detect drywood termites. This is one reason why drywood termites aren't as destructive. But they can be very destructive if you see the signs and don't do anything about them.
Drywood termites produce a material called frass. This is a mixture of droppings and insect parts. The droppings of drywood termites take on the color of the wood that is being consumed and may be mistaken for sawdust.
Drywood termites can create visible damage, particularly in door and window frames, baseboards, and other hardwood building materials.
Drywood termite swarmers are a helpful sign. But, like with subterranean termites swarms, this is not an early sign.
What To Do When You Spot Signs Of Termite Activity
Now that you know a little bit about the kind of termites that present a threat to the structures on your Grays Harbor County property, what should you do when you see warning signs? The best course of action is to contact a certified termite control professional. Why? Because there are so many ways DIY termite treatments can fail. Whether you go after termites with a home remedy, like vinegar spray, or you attack the problem with over-the-counter sprays or other products, you're likely to have less-than-desirable results. You may even have unexpected results, as many residents have experienced. When things don't go quite right with your DIY termite treatments, you can make your problem much worse.
If you live in Grays Harbor County or the surrounding areas, let the termite control professionals here at Beacon Pest Control help you eliminate termites, protect your property, and get complete control of termites. Property investments are large investments. Protect your equity, and your bottom line, by addressing the threat of termites with appropriate termite control and prevention. Reach out to the professionals at Beacon Pest Control today to learn more about our termite control options.
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