What Happens During a Termite Inspection?

What Happens During a Termite Inspection?

Your home is a place to relax and enjoy time with family and friends. For termites, however, your home is often seen as an open buffet. While small pests, termites can cause extensive damage to your home in a very short time, so identifying a termite infestation early is essential. Even if you don’t have […]

Carpenter Winged Ants vs Termites: What’s the Difference?

Carpenter Winged Ants vs Termites: What’s the Difference

When homeowners see a swarm of flying ant-like insects in the springtime, they often assume that termites are infesting their homes. But are these winged pets really termites? Flying carpenter ants are often confused for termites in the spring, confusing many homeowners. But what is the difference between carpenter ants with wings vs termites? While […]

How to Look for Termites While Buying a Home

How to Look for Termites While Buying a Home

Termites can cause slow but massive damage to your property. And you may never even know how much damage has been done until your structure starts to give in. How do you check if the house you’re buying has termites? To look for termites, you look for mud tubes or mud in small holes and […]

The Dirty Termite Facts

Termite Control

It has happened. Termites are unnoticed by you and made themselves comfortable in the walls and foundations of your home. No pests are as sneaky as termites, even if you have regularly kept a check throughout your property. Termites create a lot of damage to the property, which is a frustrating problem to deal with. […]

Importance of Home Restoration After Termite Infestation

By the time you notice any termite infestation, it is too late, and your home needs restoration. Termites damage the wooden structure of your home. Initially, the property will present smaller signs such as bowing sidewalls, sagging ceilings, or even a sagging roof. At this point, you are in danger of staying at home until […]

Top 5 Signs of a Termite Infestation

Swarmer or discarded wings: Swarmers, also known as reproductives, are young female and male winged termites. In the springtime, after the last freeze, termite swarmers will emerge from their nest to mate and search for a new location to start a colony, which typically includes our homes. Termite swarmers, or their discarded wings near windowsills […]

Is Pressure Treated Wood Termite Resistant?

Is Pressure Treated Wood Termite Resistant

Termites can be a nightmare for any homeowner in California and, despite California building codes requiring the use of pressure-treated wood. But does the use of pressure-treated wood really make a difference when it comes to termite infestations? The fact is, pressure-treated wood is considered termite resistant, but that doesn’t mean that termites still won’t […]

Structural Wood Located Near Plumbing Should Be Inspected Regularly for Subterranean Termite Damage

Western subterranean termite populations reach plague-level proportions in many urban and suburban areas of southern California, and this species is often recognized as the most destructive termite in the state next to the desert subterranean termite. Unlike damage inflicted by the multiple drywood termite species in southern California, subterranean termites access structural wood in homes […]

How Residents Can Determine if California Homes Have Sustained, or Are Likely to Sustain Termite Damage, and How Homes Are, and Could Be Built to Resist Infestations

Pest control companies in California are required by law to file a wood-infesting insect report form with the state’s structural pest control board for every home their employees inspect. These report forms are made available to members of the public for a period of time after they are filed, which is useful for those inquiring […]

How Are Delicate Drywood Termite Swarmers Able to Excavate Hard Lumber, and Do They Initiate Infestations Indoors and on Exterior Wood Paneling?

How Are Delicate Drywood Termite Swarmers Able To Excavate Hard Lumber, And Do They Initiate Infestations Indoors And On Exterior Wood Paneling? Unlike soil-dwelling subterranean termites, drywood termite colonies are located within natural and finished above ground wood sources, like dead trees, logs, telephone poles, wood fences, and structural lumber. Mature colonies contain a couple […]

How to Recognize Different Types of Mud Tubes That Termites Construct on Residential Properties

Several subterranean, drywood and dampwood termites can be found in southern California. Dampwood termites rarely cause substantial damage to structural wood within homes, but drywood and subterranean termites inflict massive amounts of property destruction each year in southern California. Ultimately, subterranean termites inflict the greatest amount of annual property destruction throughout the southwest US, and […]

How Subterranean and Drywood Termites Differ in Their Wood-Eating Habits

Subterranean termites dwell below the ground where the moist soil provides the insects with a never ending source of water. Drywood termites do not need as much water as their subterranean counterparts in order to thrive, as drywood termites adapted to feed on wood sources located above ground where water cannot be always be readily […]

How to Regulate Household Moisture for Subterranean Termite Control

How To Regulate Household Moisture For Subterranean Termite Control Several species of subterranean, drywood and dampwood termites inhabit southern California, and while all three of these termite groups are damaging to structures and valued outdoor wooden items, subterranean termites are the most economically significant group of termites in the region. Drywood termite infestations are also […]

Why Are Whole-Structure Fumigations Frequently Used to Treat Drywood Termite Infestations, but Not Subterranean Termite Infestations?

Why Are Whole-Structure Fumigations Frequently Used To Treat Drywood Termite Infestations, But Not Subterranean Termite Infestations? Coastal cities in southern California see the worst termite pest issues in the country, with the possible exception of southern Louisiana and Florida. This is largely due to the diversity and abundance of termite pest species inhabiting southern California, […]