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.
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).