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Pasco Termite Control

On average, termites do an estimated $5 billion worth of damage to American homes. Even as our building standards have improved to create homes that are termite-resistant, they still account for more damage than all other pests combined. To understand how this is possible, you need to know some things about the termite species.

Termites have a queen who controls the colony and are divided into three castes: The workers, the warriors, and the reproducers. The warriors are responsible for defending the colony while the reproductive caste is responsible for creating new colonies. The bulk of termite society is made up of workers. The workers can work twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week. The majority of their work is simply chewing up your home into an edible pulp that they provide to the rest of the colony. They extract the moisture and cellulose from organic building materials and that is how the damage is done to your home. Since they’re working all day long, this damage can be considerable if left unchecked.

Termites Attack from Below

The State of Washington has mostly subterranean termites. These termites spend most of their time in the soil where food is plentiful. They lay waste to the surrounding area and then move on. Eventually, they’ll run into the foundation of somebody’s home. They can enter the home through cracks in the foundation and that’s when you’ll end up with termites in your walls.

That’s also when they become noticeable. You can actually hear very advanced termite infestations. There will be thousands of little mouths chewing all day long. Some folks mistakenly believe that they have rats or squirrels in their walls when, in fact, it’s actually termites.

Managing Termite Infestations

Termite infestations get out of control quickly. Termites breed fast and their workers don’t need lunch breaks or time to sleep. While you can purchase store-bought remedies, the only way to ensure that the problem is solved is by hiring a professional.

Professional pest control specialists set up bait stations in your yard. The worker termites get the termiticide from the bait station and then return to the nest with it, taking out the entire colony. Pointe Pest Control also monitors the bait stations and refills them when necessary. When there is little to no activity in our bait stations, we know that the colony and the surrounding colonies have been destroyed.

Identifying Termites

Termites are easily confused with ants as they share a large part of their genome with the more common insect. It’s similar to the difference between humans and chimpanzees. We look similar, but we’re two different species.

This makes identifying termites difficult for the layperson. How can you tell the difference?

Termites are small and have light-beige bodies. They’re easy to differentiate from black ants but not so easy to differentiate from white ants. The best way to tell is by examining the structure of their body.

If you remember back to your high school science, insects are divided into three segments: The head, the thorax, and the abdomen. In ants, the thorax and the abdomen are very clearly segmented whereas in termites, they’re hard to tell apart.

Identifying Termite Activity

By the time you’ve noticed termite activity, you have a problem that needs to be dealt with. The longer you wait, the more it will cost you to repair the damage that the termites have done.

How can you tell if you have a termite problem?

You will see mud tubes in areas like your basement through which termites travel from one place to another. You will also see discarded termite wings. Reproductive termites have wings which they lose once they form a new colony. Lastly, termites have a characteristic poop that is a fine white powder that resembles salt. If you see termite poop, then you know you have termites.

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Pasco, WA 99301
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Talk to a Pasco, WA Termite Control Specialist Today

If you think you have a termite problem, you’re probably right. But the only way to know for sure is to get your home inspected by local termite control professionals. Pointe Pest Control offers free home inspections to all of our customers. We will take a look and determine if you have a termite problem or some other pest control issue and then begin the process of safeguarding your home by eradicating the current infestation and preventing future ones. Talk to us today and safeguard your most important investment.

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