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Termites: Of more than 55 species common in the U.S., the majority build their nests underground. The subterranean termites are extremely destructive because they tunnel their way to wooden structures, into which they burrow to obtain food. Given a short amount of time, they will feed on the wood until nothing is left but a shell. For more information visit our Termite Pest control page.
Carpenter Ants: Very destructive wood destroying ants. There are 7 species in the Northwest. When they infest a structure there can be as many as 4 to 6 colonies. Carpenter ants commonly tunnel in building timbers and do not actually eat the wood. If they decide to infest your home they may send as many as 2,000 workers at a time to excavate in your timbers. Carpenter ants are nocturnal so they are rarely seen inside the house unless there is a major infestation. If left alone their damage may require extensive repairs. If treated in time, only minor repairs may be needed. If you find the infestation soon enough all that may be needed is to eliminate the infestation. For more information visit our Carpenter Ant Pest Control page.
Wood Beetles: Very destructive. The Wood Beetle has 4 stages of metamorphosis; Egg. Larva, Pupae, then Adult. The female lays her eggs in pockets at intervals along the wood, and each larva forms its own tunnel turning the wood fibers into a fine powder. The most common kind found in Northwest homes is the Powder Post Beetle. They have been known to live up to 20 years in the larva stage, the most destructive stage of their life cycle. Infestations are hard to spot because the larva never comes to the surface. The only evidence that will be found is when the Adults emerge to lay more eggs they will leave a tiny exit hole in the wood. If detected early enough, you may save yourself a lot of money in repairs by treating the wood.
Fungus: Dry-rot, decay of seasoned wood caused by the attacks of any number of species of fungi, particularly Merulius ,Lacrymans, Coniophora, Cerebella and Poria lncrassata. These fungi penetrate into the interior of timbers and consume the cellulose in the wood fibers, leaving the timbers porous, although the wood may appear sound on the surface. The decay, dry-rot, is so called because of the powdery appearance of the decayed wood, but the term is misleading because the fungi need water to live, and dry rot appears only in wood that has been exposed to moisture. Fungus spores may lie dormant for a dry year or two, but start growing again with moisture. As the spores of fungus float out vent holes, it may attract Termites, Wood Beetles, or Carpenter Ants. Mycelia, the beginning stages of fungus, is microscopic, so you may have a problem and not even see it. Preventing moisture in your sub-area with a sump pump or vapor barrier, then treating your wood is the only way to stop the eventual destruction.
Roaches: They breed rapidly, soil things, have an unpleasant odor, and they are the number one carrier of Salmonella poisoning. One female with an egg sac (called an Oothica) may breed as many as one million relatives in less than one year. Once established, they become extremely difficult to eradicate.
Fleas: Disease carriers. The dog flea, cat flea, and human flea are all intermediate hosts of the dog tapeworm. Tapeworm eggs are deposited in fecal matter, and some of these eggs may cling to the hair of the primary host, fleas swallow eggs, which then undergo some development in the new host. The silk of the pupae stage is almost impossible to penetrate, and good residual products and growth regulators are the best treatment to use.
Spiders: Most spiders are quite harmless. Although many will bite, it is no worse than a bee sting unless one is allergic to their venom. When left unchecked, spiders can become a nuisance.
Black Widows: The female’s bite, poisonous to humans, is followed by local pain and swelling. Nausea and difficulty in breathing are common symptoms, and if left unchecked can be fatal. The venom generally affects children more severely than adults. They are nocturnal and sensitive to light, and come out at night to build their webs and wait for insects. For more information visit our Insects and Spider Pest Control page.
Hobo and Aggressive Spiders: The most common poisonous spider in the Northwest recently discovered in the near past, whose bites have been blamed on the Brown Recluse. Aggressive House Spiders build funnel shaped webs and have chevron markings on their backs. Their bites cause tissue death, nausea, and can be fatal. A typical bite will take 5-6 months to heal and usually leaves a scar, and in severe cases skin grafting is needed.
Small Ants: Because of their nesting habits, they can cause severe problems to driveways, sidewalks, foundations and concrete slabs. They remove soils and sands from under these areas to make room for their nests. Some nests may have several million inhabitants depending on the food supply. They can be disease carriers in Hospitals and nursing homes. They can also cause major damage to appliances and computer systems.
Mice and Rats: These furry creatures not only carry disease but are destructive in their nesting habits. They will gnaw through any wooden areas to explore for food and nesting areas. For more information visit our Rodent Pest Control page.
Earwigs, Silverfish, Sowbugs, Crickets and Centipedes: Not only are they annoying, they will feed on decaying wood products, vegetation and will lay their eggs in live plant stems.