The charming neighborhood of Hough, seated just outside of Vancouver’s thrilling arts district is replete with family homes, public parks, schools, and churches — all the trappings of suburban bliss. However, this quaint provincial bubble can be quickly lanced with the onset of a pest infestation such as termites.
2 Types of Termites Found in the Pacific Northwest
There are two types of termites that Vancouver residents need to worry about. Subterranean termites and dampwood termites are both common in Oregon and known to cause home damage, however, dampwood termites are less likely to damage structures than subterranean termites.
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 soft or damp and does not infest wood that is structurally sound.
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