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 Termite-Resistant Structural Wood Necessary To Protect A Ventura County Home From Termites?

In order to prevent subterranean termites from establishing infestations within structures, new homes in California are typically built with pressure-treated lumber. However, it is not standard practice to construct homes entirely out of pressure-treated lumber components; instead, the substructural sills located close to the ground surface are usually the only wood sources within California 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 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 […]

Which Dampwood Termite Species Infest Homes In Ventura County, And How Are They Controlled?

Multiple subterranean and drywood termite species can be found in southern California, but only a few are known for regularly infesting homes in Ventura County. Western subterranean termites and western drywood termites are the two most destructive termite pests to Ventura County homes. California is also home to multiple dampwood termite species, including Pacific dampwood […]

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 […]