The singular downtown area of Vancouver, Washington is bustling with vibrant small businesses, a legendary farmers market, and breathtaking river views, but just like any other perennial Main Street, it is vulnerable to pest infestations. The classic restaurants, cafes, boutiques, and markets each must take care to maintain pest-free environments in the charmingly antiquated structures they’re housed in.
Termites cause more damage to structures worldwide than any other wood destroying insect, accounting for billions of dollars in damage. They are far more common in warmer climates, but an active termite infestation in Esther Short or anywhere else in the Vancouver area can do just as much damage. There are several species of termites, but around here we just have two that you need to know about:
Subterranean termites are the more destructive of the two and are found in the soil. The colony can have over a million termites in it and feeds on wood, generally preferring soft or rotting woods. The best way to identify subterranean termites is the presence of “mud tubes”. These are basically tubes that are typically the diameter of a pencil that go from the soil to the wood that they are feeding on. If you recognize wood that appears to be damaged by insects, you should be looking for hard fecal pellets that fill the excavated galleries.
Dampwood termites are larger red termites with wings. They are commonly mistaken for carpenter ants but can be distinguished by their two-segmented body (ants have three segments). A dampwood termite will only infest wood that is soft or damp and does not infest wood that is structurally sound.
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At Wildwoods Pest Control, we employ an approach to pest control called “Integrated Pest Management,” we believe that each home should be treated differently because each home and business is unique. Vancouver’s many varied neighborhoods each have specific needs and vulnerabilities. Wildwoods has served the Vancouver community for several years and can create timely and effective solutions to all your wildlife and pest control issues.
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