PUBLISHED ON May 20th, 2014
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.
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:
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:
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.