What’s Eating At Your House?

Carpenter Bee Damage Source: NPMA

Carpenter Bee Damage Source: NPMA

There’s been a lot of buzz (pun intended) on our blog about carpenter bees and termites.  It’s termite season so we always want to keep our readers aware of the potential risks and damage that termites can cause.  And carpenter bees are our Pest of the Month for the month of April.  Both of these wood-boring pests should be taken seriously due to the great amount of damage that they can cause.

Carpenter bees eat through soft woods where they make their nests and lay their eggs inside the tunnels.  This can cause damage to decks, eaves, porches, or even support beams in your home.  Luckily, they are rarely a threat to humans.  Males don’t have stingers but do tend to be aggressive toward other bees, animals, or humans that are near their nests.  The female carpenter bee has a stinger but rarely uses it.

 

Termite Damage Source: NPMA

Termite Damage Source: NPMA

Termites (March’s Pest of the Month) are working 24/7 to find food…and unfortunately for us, their food is typically the wood that was used to build our homes.  Without termite protection, your home could be at risk for severe damage.  Termites are responsible for more than $2 of damage to homes in the US each year.  Like carpenter bees, termites often leave a trail of wood that can serve as a tell-tale sign that they are there.

Whether you have carpenter bees or termites, you should contact a licensed pest professional.  Not only will they be able to correctly identify the insect but they will be able to develop a customized plan that is specific to your home and your situation.  By doing this, you are ensuring that the problem is diagnosed correctly, that the correct product, if any, is being used correctly and safely, and that proper steps are taken to ensure that the issue does not reoccur.  Northwest Exterminating and our highly trained pest professionals will be glad to come to your home and do a free inspection of your home.  Just give us a call at 888.466.7849 or visit us at www.callnorthwest.com

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Are You Ready for Termite Season?

Spring weather is the start of what we refer to as the beginning of “termite season“.  Termite season is when termite swarmers begin to emerge from their colonies in search of a new colony and a mate.  They look for the perfect place: moisture – CHECK…cellulose food source – CHECK…soil – CHECK!  Seeing swarmers is the first sign that you could have a termite infestation in your home.

A common question is how to tell the difference between a termite and a flying ant.  They may look similar but there are 3 distinct ways to tell the two pests apart:

  1. Body – ants have a distinct waist line between the thorax and abdomen while termites have a broad waist.
  2. Antennae – termites have straight (or slightly curved) antennae while an ant’s are bent.
  3. Wing Shape – termites have 4 wings of equal size while the ant’s front wings are larger than their back wings.

If you spot swarmers or other signs of termites, call your pest management companyNorthwest Exterminating provides a FREE, thorough inspection of your home.