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Eden Pest Knows Pests: Though Termites are a Homeowner’s Worst Nightmare, They are Great for the Environment

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Anyone who has dealt with termite pest control knows that termites are one of a home’s top enemies. Washington and Oregon pest control experts tend to deal with termites the most during the fall and winter, and after a heavy rain, because the insects seek warm buildings before chewing them to pieces.

When Termites are Good

While the bugs are bad for homes, they’re actually good for the environment. Termites are one of nature’s decomposers. In addition to chewing the wood in buildings, they help recycle dead and decaying plant matter, including trees, so it turns into new soil.

Signs of an Infestation

Washington pest control experts share that the most common type of termite in the Northwest is the subterranean termite. On occasion, western drywood termites infest houses along the coast.

One of the most common signs of termites is seeing wood that has a honeycomb-like appearance. You may notice holes in home accents made of wood, like windowsills, or see debris that looks like sawdust in areas where woodwork was not performed.

Termite Pest Control: Prevention

  • Keep woodpiles high, dry and at least 20 feet away from your home.
  • Inspect Christmas trees and other holiday greenery for signs of termites.
  • Seal all cracks on the outside of your home.
  • Repair any water damage to your home as soon as possible.
  • Cut back tree limbs that overhang your home.
  • Keep your yard free of debris and leaves.
  • Remove any downed tree branches or those that touch your home as soon as possible.

Subterranean termites are known to be vengeful and cause new damage when disturbed. Therefore, Northwest residents who notice signs of a termite infestation should promptly call a pest control specialist like Eden instead of attempting to remedy the problem themselves.

[ Photo by: U.S. Department of Agriculture, on Flickr, via CC License ]

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