The new evasive insect to hit the Lower Mainland is the subterranean termite. It has been an issue in the Okanagan for the last several years. They build their nests underground usually in wood that is in contact with the soil, where they tunnel through the wood that they are eating. Subterranean termites only eat softwood, other cellulose material and a variety of other plant-based goods. Nests are usually found above ground, but if moisture conditions are available, they will build above-ground nests, bringing the water up with them. Subterranean termite nests can grow rapidly and contain thousands of members as they may have more than one egg-laying female. These pests can often infest homes for years undetected, indications of their presence include winged swarmers, mud tubes and evidence of damaged wood. An infestation begins when warm temperatures and substantial rainfall trigger a colony to send out a swarm of winged termites. The swarmers consist of winged reproductive males and females.
Go Green Pest Control owner Randy Bilesky is a long-time South Delta resident. Trained and certified, Bilesky has first-hand knowledge of the pest problems that local homeowners and business owners encounter.