What should I do if I suspect I have a termite infestation?

If you think you require pest control for a termite infestation, it is always a good idea to have a professional inspect your home or business. Sentinel Pest Control will provide you with a FREE inspection that is scheduled at your convenience. An inspector will thoroughly examine and document any and all findings to include conditions that are conducive to a termite infestation.

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termite-extermination-damageTermites are one of the most damaging structural pests in the Northwest. They feed on wood and wood products because their digestive tracts contain microorganisms that convert the cellulose in wood into usable food. Termites are social insects living in colonies comprised of a king and queen, workers and soldiers. The king and queen perform the reproductive functions of the colony, while the workers carry on all aspects of colony maintenance. The soldiers defend the colony. There are two common species of termites in Washington, the pacific dampwood termite and the western subterranean termite. Both can cause substantial damage to a structure. Contact Sentinel for your free termite inspection.

The pacific dampwood termite.

The pacific dampwood termite is the largest species of termite in Washington; the winged forms may exceed one inch in length including the wings. They are cream colored to dark brown. The soldiers have a large reddish-brown head, cream colored body, and are approximately ¾ inch long, with the head and mandibles comprising about 1/3 their length. The pacific dampwood termite colony consist of a queen, king and soldier caste. Since there is no worker caste, the nymphs of soldiers and reproductives perform the functions of a worker caste.

Wet or damp wood is necessary for attack by this species of termite. Wood to soil contact, leaky plumbing, leaky roofs and gutters, poorly ventilated crawl spaces, rain soaked firewood leaning against a structure all contribute to infestation by the pacific dampwood termite. It is important to note that this type of termite will not infest structurally sound dry wood.

The western subterranean termite.

Western subterranean termites are much smaller than dampwood termites; the winged form is approximately 3/8 inch long including the wings. They are dark brown to brownish-black with brownish-gray wings. The soldiers have a cream-colored head with black mandibles and a grayish-white body. They are approximately ¼ inch long with nearly half their lengthy being head and mandibles. The worker caste is grayish-white and about 3/16 inch long. Subterranean termites live in the soil in nests that may originate near buried stumps or logs as deep as 10-20 feet.
Because subterranean termites must return to their nests in the soil, any wood structure has the potential of being infested. They easily attack dry sound wood. The most frequent type of infestation occurs when buildings are constructed near or on pre-existing nests. Cement slab foundations are no deterrent since joints between slab and foundation walls, eventual frost cracks and areas around plumbing provide easy access.

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Professional pest control services for your termite infestation.

A termite infestation can be very damaging to your property. If you are unsure of how to get rid of termites, and need professional pest control services, call Sentinel for a FREE, Fast Estimate! You may also fill out our short side column form with any questions you may have.

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