Now that the winter thaw is entirely over, termites that may have moved deeper underground or stayed closer to the nest during colder months may make themselves known. Though they never stop working, they do need to stay close to a heat source whether that’s geothermal heat or electrical heat from your home. This means that it is possible to spot signs of them during cold months, but much more likely when it’s warm. The sooner you can locate an infestation and schedule professional termite removal in Beaverton the better.
Western Subterranean Termites
The damage done by western subterranean termites is carried out by the workers as they build tunnels, gather food (composed of wood and cellulose), and enlarge the nest. These termites are roughly 1/8″ in size and have a soft body. Soldiers are often seen first after a damaged area is exposed. These are orange in color and have large heads with visible mandibles. These termites often gain access to a property through foundational cracks and can get through an opening smaller than 1/16″.
If you see any indications of a subterranean termite infestation Do Not Disturb Them. Call a professional immediately because when disturbed these termites will often relocate, causing further damage elsewhere. Here are the three most common signs of subterranean termites.
- Mud Tubes – These foraging tubes serve a number of purposes for the termite and are built from floor to ceiling. Providing shelter and safe passage, they appear muddy and flat, and are roughly the size of a pencil. These can be difficult to spot and can be found in concrete foundations, along cracks, and behind or beneath walls, siding, and other areas.
- Swarms – Swarming termites are a clear indication of an infestation. They are attracted to light and emerge from specially created swarming tubes. Since they shed their wings, you should also keep your eyes peeled for large amounts of discarded wings on sills and floors. Spider webs can be a good place to look for wings as well.
- Wood Damage – If you see blisterd or dark areas in wood flooring it can be indicative of an infestation. These signs are not always present with subterranean termites because they only eat spring wood. A good detection method is to tap the area and see if it sounds hollow.
Now that you know what to look for, don’t forget, if you find signs of subterranean termites leave them alone and call (503) 300-5054 or contact Family Home Pest Control for professional termite removal in Beaverton.