The polite rows of homes the dot the tree-lined street of Nob Hill are all particularly vulnerable to infestations by pests like termites. The proximity of these homes not just to each other but to local businesses as well lush park areas leaves them susceptible, and all too often these infestations quickly become unmanageable.
PROTECTING YOUR HOME FROM TERMITES
Termites cause more damage to structures worldwide than any other wood destroying insect, account for billions of dollars. 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 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 feed 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 far less destructive and easier to exterminate than their subterranean cousins. 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. Because of this, the recommended treatment sometimes does not involve using pesticides at all, but just removing the soft or rotting wood.
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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 is unique. Portland’s many varied neighborhoods each have specific needs and vulnerabilities. Wildwoods has served the Portland community for several years and can create timely and effective solutions to all your wildlife and pest control issues.
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