CENTRALIA

TERMITE CONTROL

EXPERTS

GET A FREE ESTIMATE FOR:

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Prevention is an Important Part of
Centralia Termite Control

Centralia is a city that is steeped in history. Borst Park showcases much of this history in the old homestead and schoolhouse, and the Fox Theater, built in 1930, remains one of the most beautiful buildings in the city. While people have inhabited Centralia for over a century, so too, have termites. 

On their own, termites do not pose a threat to humans, as they do not transmit disease. However, as they chew through the structure of a home looking for cellulose, they can quickly destroy homes and other buildings. Below, our Centralia termite control specialist explains the types of termites found in the city, and how to prevent them from damaging your home.

What Types of Termites are in Centralia?

There are three main types of termites found in Centralia. They are as follows:

  • Subterranean termites: Subterranean termites cannot digest dry wood effectively and so, they are more likely to cause damage in the spring than they are in the summer. Subterranean termites typically make their colony in the soil, usually between the water table and the front line. Mud tubes are often one of the first signs of subterranean termites, as they use these to travel to and from the colony to their food source.
  • Dampwood termites: Unlike subterranean termites, dampwood termites can easily consume both dry and damp wood. These pests prefer to create colonies in wood that is damp, and even decaying. Dampwood termites will usually enter a home using wood that is in direct contact with the soil.
  • Drywood termites: As their name suggests, drywood termites prefer wood that is not damp. Contact with the soil is not necessary for their survival, so they can easily destroy items other than structures, such as outdoor furniture. Due to the fact that Centralia has a fairly wet climate, drywood termites are rarely seen here, although they are not unheard of.

It is important to identify which type of termites you are dealing with if you have a problem, so you know how to get rid of them.

Signs of a Termite Problem

Identifying a termite problem is not always easy because these pests largely remain in the walls of a home. However, there are common signs you can watch for to determine if you have a problem. These are as follows:

  • Wings: When termites start a new colony, they fly from one place to another. These are known as termite swarms. Many termites make up a swarm, so they are fairly easy to see when they occur. Even when homeowners do not see the swarms, they may find the wings on windowsills or on the ground outside of their home. This is because once termites have found a location for the new colony, they will shed their wings.
  • Damaged wood: Any termite can cause damage to wood, but the way they damage it depends on the type of termite. Due to the fact that dampwood termites prefer damp wood, this wood is usually moist and feels soft to the touch.  Subterranean termites, on the other hand, burrow through the wood, hollowing it out as they do. Tapping on this wood and listening for a hollow sound can help identify a subterranean termite problem.
  • Mud tubes: Certain types of termites, such as dampwood termites, need protection from the hot air so their bodies do not dry out. As such, they will create mud tubes that keep them damp and cool, and that provide protection from predators. Mud tubes outside of the home are a real sign of concern, as termites may have already made their way inside.

How to Prevent a Termite Problem

The best way to deal with termites is to never have to actually deal with them at all. The best termite prevention tips are as follows:

  • Seal gaps around all utility lines outside the home.
  • Treat exterior wood around the home that touches the ground, or remove wood-to-ground contact altogether.
  • Remove any material that contains cellulose, such as cardboard boxes, from crawl spaces.
  • Repair any items that drip outside that can provide a water source for termites, such as faulty gutters, leaky plumbing, and leaky air conditioner lines.
  • Inspect any lumber you are planning to use for projects inside or outside of the home before using it.
  • By clicking the button below, you consent for Pointe Pest Control, and its service provider Aktify, to use automated technology, including calls, texts, and prerecorded messages, to contact you at the number and email provided for Pointe Pest Control offers. This consent is not required to make a purchase. Clicking the button below constitutes your electronic signature.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

POINTE WINS

THE BATTLE

EVERY

TIME

” I CALLED THESE GUYS ON A FRIDAY NIGHT AT 7:00 AND THEY WERE AT MY HOUSE AN HOUR LATER TO TREAT FOR WASPS THAT HAD OVERTAKEN MY LAUNDRY ROOM. I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THESE GUYS. ”   -SARAH SMITH

Pointe Pest Control

106 West Pine St. Ste.5
CENTRALIA, WA 98531
(360) 429-0064

March – September Hours

Weekdays: 7:30 – 6:30 | Saturday: 8:00 – 5:00

or by Appt.

October – February Hours

Weekdays: 8:00 – 5:00 | Saturday: By Appointment

info@pointepest.com

all locations

Our Termite Control Experts in Centralia Can Get Rid of These Pests

Termites are responsible for billions of dollars worth in damage every year. If they have invaded your home, you must act now. At Pointe Pest Control, our Centralia termite control experts will perform a full inspection to evaluate the problem, and then get rid of it once and for all. Call us today at (360) 429-0064 or contact us online to request a quote.

REQUEST A QUOTE! LEAVE A REVIEW