Termites

Although they are not as common as other pests, like ants and rodents, termites are a real problem in the northwest.  Termites are a structural pest capable of destroying wood components of homes and other structures.  Termites are often referred to as “white ants,” but termites differ from ants in many ways– including the fact that while some ants excavate wood, termites actually digest wood.  A termite infestation, when recognized, should be treated promptly because there is the risk of significant structural damage.  An Eco Pattern Certified Approach to pest control for termites uses the biology, behavior and bite (or over all effect) or the pest in order to determine the best possible extermination solution.  This Pest Control Process uses specific information about the pest to minimize chemical usage and maximize the effect of the treatment.

  • Biology There are several different types of termites in the northwest.  Dry wood termites, damp wood termites and subterranean termites. Each termite type has a different biology– But the basics of biology are the same.
  1. Termites range in color from yellow or white to dark brown or black.
  2. Termites with wings are reproductives.  They have four wings, both sets of wings are similar in shape and size and have many veins.
  3. Unlike ants, termites do not have a narrow waist.
  4. Termites have unbent antennae.
  5. In simple terms a termite egg can either develop into a worker or soldier or one form or another of a reproductive.
  6. A reproductive pair of termites can live for up to 45-50 years while the average lifespan of a worker or soldier is significantly less.
  7. Worker termites are often blind, while reproductive termites have the ability to see.
  8. Successful reproductive termites lose their wings, but will still have a stub where their wings were, and seek a place to start a colony.
  • Behavior Reproductive termite pairs find each other using pheromones.  A successful pair will lose their wings and seek shelter and a place to start a new termite colony.  A colony may be established under a rock or tree, in/under a home, in a woodpile and other areas where decomposing plant cellulose is available for consumption.  Different types of termites will behave differently within an infestation.  Dry wood and damp wood termites tend to cause significantly less damage than subterranean termites– because subterranean termites natural role is to break down plant cellulose and aid in decomposition processes.  Termites build mud tubes to get from the nest to their food source.  Breaking down the cellulose in a house or structure equates breaking down wooden parts of structures, as well as paper, cotton and other fibers containing cellulose.
  • Bite Oh the bite of a termite hurts!  Not as in termites bite people, they don’t– except in the form of taking a bite out of finances.  Subterranean termites cause the most damage of all termite species as far is humans are concerned.  In the US alone, subterranean termites account for the most damage and the most costly damage costing home and business owners billions of dollars every year.

Termites cause billions of dollars in damage every year in the united states.  A termite infestation should be dealt with as soon as it is discovered to avoid further damage.  Peak Pest Management Llc offers termite extermination that is specifically targeted and deliberately applied to get rid of the termites with the least possible environmental effect.  We develop termite control plans on a individual basis– each infestation is different.  We treat each one using the best products for the job and a method of application that allows for minimal chemical waste and maximum effect.