Washington D.C.'s Complete Termite Control Guide


termites in wood up close

What has six legs, two antennae, and insatiable hunger for wooden items in your home? If you said termites, you'd be right!

Termites are considered to be some of the most dangerous wood-eating pests in Washington DC. With their ability to work without sleep or rest and colony size of more than 60,000 members strong, termite control around homes and businesses can be particularly tricky. 

There are at least two major species of termite that can be found in Northeastern America: subterranean termites and drywood termites. Subterranean termites are perhaps the most common of these, and display the following characteristics: 

  • 1/4 to 5/8 of an inch long 
  • Rusty red, dark brown, or cream 

  • Insects with enlarged heads and mandibles also called soldier termites 

  • Insects with a very identifiable three-part structure, including a head, thorax, and abdomen 


Despite their many concerns, termites are not necessarily useless pests. These creatures are extremely beneficial to the environment. Their ability to eat through and dispose of fallen wood allows forests to recover from natural disasters and rot. In some parts of the world, termites are considered a delicious delicacy of high value. 

Although termites might be a great boon for forests, tourists, and native chefs, they are still bad news for property owners all over Washington DC.

How To Tell If You Have A Termite Problem

Termites sneak into buildings by leveraging their quiet dispositions, sneaky behaviors, and small statures. However, there are some ways to tell if you have a burgeoning termite problem around the home: 

  • Fine sawdust or frass around wooden structures 

  • ¼ inch holes forming in walls, floors, or ceilings 

  • Spotting mud tunnels running around the home 

Unfortunately, termite activity can go unnoticed for some time. This is why annual inspections from a professional provider are extremely important for all Washington   D.C. homeowners.

Once termites have become established around your property, it will be extremely difficult to remove them from the premises. Home remedies and other do-it-yourself  (DIY) efforts will no longer be enough to reduce their effects, and may even make your home more inviting to these pests. Getting rid of termite infestations on your own is never a good idea. Here’s why: 

  • Common methods of DIY termite control will introduce harmful chemicals into your home, which could risk the health and wellness of your family.

  • Vinegar sprays and essential oil mixes can be expensive and cannot dissuade termites from a home or business environment. 

  • Some DIY termite controls encourage termites to continue destroying your property. Since many of these home remedies treat symptoms rather than the root cause, infestations may continue to run rampant across your property. 


The management of termite species around your Washington D.C. home should be left to the professionals. If you think or know that wood-eating insects are becoming a problem inside your building, contact American Pest for a termite inspection immediately. 

American Pest Will Assist With All Termite Concerns 

There are many reasons why professional assistance from American Pest is one of the best methods of managing termite problems in Washington D.C. On one hand, our professionally trained pest control providers can locate infestation zones in an instant, saving you money. On the other, our innovative termite control plans can snuff out dangerous termites within a few simple treatments.

Don’t wait for your termite concerns to get worse. Instead, contact American Pest at the first sign of a termite problem. Need answers fast? Schedule an inspection at your earliest convenience. We are here for you!


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