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Termite Damage

Spring is here and so are the termites. Oregon pest management experts agree that when the weather warms and the spring rains arrive, homes become more vulnerable to the damage that the insects cause. By knowing the signs of a termite infestation, you can act quickly before major damage occurs.

Residential Pest Control Misconceptions about Termites

Fiction: Termite damage is obvious.
Fact: Not always—termites damage the inside of wood first and work their way outward. By the time you notice termite damage, the house may already have significant damage.

Fiction: Termites are most active in the spring and summer.
Fact: Termites are active all year round. They seem more active during the warmer months because that’s when larva hatch and the pests swarm.

Fiction: Termites only eat wood.
Fact: Termites seek soft wood (caused by a mixture of rain and warm weather) because it’s simpler to eat, burrow in and lay eggs in the holes that they form.

Fiction: All termites are equally damaging.
Fact: There are drywood termites and subterranean termites. Subterranean termites cause more damage because they destroy buildings and plants. They also live in larger colonies.

Fiction: Termite prevention is difficult.
Fact: Termite prevention is a matter of common sense and regular home maintenance like:

  • Keeping the gutters clean.
  • Removing dead and fallen trees and fallen branches from your property promptly.
  • Keeping lumber and firewood off the ground, dry and away from your home.
  • Fixing leaks in and around your home as soon as you notice them.
  • Having your home inspected every year by a residential pest control expert.

Fast Action is Important

By the time that most homeowners notice termite damage, a repair can cost $8,000 or more, depending on the extent.

Signs of an infestation include:

  • The presence of wings on windowsills, near entry points in the wall or in spider webs.
  • Damage to the wood in the form of small tunnels.
  • Swarms of termites near light sources like windows and light fixtures.

Termites tend to affect Oregon homes more than those in Washington, but termites are not absent in Washington. If you suspect an infestation in your home, call Eden Pest right away to schedule an inspection.

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