Termites

The Best Portland Termite Management Services

There are a couple types of termites we have to deal with here in the Pacific Northwest.

 

The Subterranean termite and the damp wood termite.

 

Subterranean Termite

 

This termite species is fleshy, not hard shelled and lives in the soil. It requires a certain temperature and humidity to survive. It won’t survive out in our environment so when it ventures above the soil it brings the soil with it and creates “mud tubes”.

 

Like other insects this pest is attracted to moisture and heat. I found this pest often…. coming up through cracks or expansion joints in cement creating their tell tail, mud tubes near working hot water heaters that are either leaking or laying directly on nearby cement slab.

 

Termites are wood destroyers. If left untreated termites can do extensive damage to the wood frame of your structure.

 

Portland termite management treatment is based on treating the soil in the area of infestation along with correction of conducive conditions (excessive moisture, heat, etc.)

 

If the termites are coming up through cracks or expansion joints in cement slab….the soil below the cement must be treated by “rodding”. Rodding is drilling through the cement and injecting material into the soil below.

 

If termites are coming up along the side of your foundation we treat by “trenching”. Trenching is digging up some of the soil around the foundation and pouring material into the trench…then refilling that trench.

 

Termites can create mud tubes on just about anything coming up out of the soil so you apply these techniques accordingly.

 

In both cases you destroy all the mud tubes so that you can be sure you’re your treatment was effective.

 

The materials we use for this pest is the same as for ants and other “social insects”. It’s non-repellant and slow acting. Termites won’t avoid the treated soil and live long enough after contact to share the material with the rest of the colony…insuring elimination.

 

We give a minimum 5 year guarantee with our Portland termite management treatments.

 

Damp wood Termites

This pest typically infests wood that is consistently very damp. If you have extreme moisture issues in your crawlspace or attic due to a leaky roof, clogged gutters and downspouts or inadequate drainage and ventilation below, etc…you could be susceptible to this pest.

 

This termite doesn’t live in the soil…it lives in the damp wood.

 

The best way to treat for this pest is repair the moisture issue…then remove all infested wood…period!

 

That being said…there are things we can help you prevention wise. Unfinished wood can be treated with a borate material which, over time, absorbs deep into the wood. The longer this treated wood is kept moisture free…the deeper this material soaks into the wood. Any insect that tries to take a bite out of this treated wood will die…making for a PERMANENT treatment. That’s right permanent! Unlike other insecticides…. boric acid is extremely stable.

 

If you ever decide to have your home built from scratch….you can have the unfinished wood treated in this fashion and make it invulnerable to carpenter ants, termites and other wood destroying organisms. Treating before assembly is the least expensive, most effective way for a permanent “pre- treatment”. Once the structure is built with this borate treated wood it will be impervious to all wood destroying organisms forever. (as long as it is kept dry).

Home and Garden Pests Typical for Oregon

Your Oregon home would also be home to creeping bugs, ants, spiders and fleas for most times of the year. Many of these home and garden pests typical for Oregon do not have any special weakness for any weather extreme. When the weather is favorable, they would just lay eggs and multiply. When they are hungry, they will keep feeding on a lot of things in and around your home and not just wood, when it gets biting cold they would just hide and wait for the mercury to rise and you would have one outbreak after another.

You must know that there are innumerable variants of most insects, pests and spiders that we usually have common names for. So when we talk of pest control and highlight some common insects, spiders, ants and fleas to be aware of, we are simply highlighting the species. There will be many variants, wherein some are recognized subspecies and some are just local offshoots of the larger species.

  • You would have to deal with bed bugs. Official known as Cimex lectularius, beg bugs are not unique to Oregon. They are not fatal and they don’t usually spread any kind of disease nor cause any concerning infection. Yet, they are irritating, uncomfortable and unbearable. The constant blood sucking bed bugs are certainly not the companions you want on bed. You should also know that one beg bug can lay as many as five eggs in a day and can give birth to five hundred bed bugs in a lifetime. A small infestation can become a farm of beg bugs raised by you as your blood is their food.
  • Fleas or Siphonaptera will be unavoidable if you have pets. Households that don’t have pets are not very vulnerable to fleas. Just as you would get the mattress disinfected and your bedroom as well as the house treated by pest control to get rid of bed bugs, you need to use pest control to eliminate fleas from your home. You should also consult a vet to keep your pets safe and you must clean your house including vacuuming more frequently than you do now.
  • Ticks are not as common as bed bugs but they are more dangerous. Official known as Dermacentor andersonii and Ixodes pacificus, Oregon has to deal with two types of ticks. One is the black legged tick and the other is the Rocky Mountain wood tick. The black-legged tick can spread Lyme disease. Ticks can be easily carried into your home by mice and pets.

You should also guard your home against the western black widow or Latrodectus Hesperus, hobo spider or Tegenaria agrestis, ants or Hymenoptera, carpenter ants or Camponotus, termites or Zootermopsis angusticollis and the common American cockroach.