If you have termites in your home, these “guests” are destroying every bit of wood they can get into. In Southern California, there are several wood-destroying pests. These include carpenter ants, powderpost beetles, and several species of termite. The two most common and destructive termites are the drywood and subterranean types. It is important to identify these pests before they damage the structural integrity of your home. If you think you might have termites call us at Cal Termite and Pest Control for an inspection and treatment before damage progresses. But, how do you know?
What Termites Look Like
Termites are between half an inch and two-thirds of an inch long. They have antennae that are bead-like instead of bent like an ant’s. When they swarm to expand their colonies every year they have a double pair of clear to smoky wings. Your first sign of termites might be the wings that snap off easily and are commonly seen on window sills. If you are not sure, call us at Cal Termite and Pest Control. We both inspect for and treat termite infestations throughout the Ventura, California area.
When You Will Spot Termites
Termites swarm at the end of summer and into fall, most commonly from September to November. If you see a swarm around your home it is likely that an established drywood termite colony is in your home.
If termites swarm around your home from the end of winter into spring (February to April), there is probably a subterranean termite colony residing in your house.
The Drywood Termite
Termites cause billions of dollars in damage every year to wooden structures in the USA. In Southern California, it is more likely than not that you have at least one small termite colony. Drywood termites arrive at your home at the end of summer on the Santa Ana winds. All it takes is one mating pair to find exposed woodwork around your home. They even break off their wings in order to crawl into cracks in wood where they chew on the week to create a tiny cave where the mate.
Their children, called nymphs, are the cause of the most damage as they burrow around while building a colony. It will take a few years, typically four, for a drywood termite colony to mature. Because a swarm is not required to travel long distances, the next colonies are often in your home.
Although drywood termites are more common in the Ventura area and throughout Southern California, the subterranean termite works at a rate dozens of times faster.
This type of termite needs the moisture in the soil so they live in the ground, but as spring approaches, they crawl up and seek out wooden structures. This is where they mate and create colonies. And, it is where they dine on the wood in your home. Their job is easier if your home has wood in contact with the ground but they can enter any structure through a crack or crevice. Subterranean termites build mud tunnels to get to wood and in which to shelter from inclement weather.
Call Cal Termite to Identify and Control Termite Infestations
If you see swarms of termites, broken wings on a window sill, obvious damage to wood, or mud tubes, call us at Cal Termite and Pest Control for an inspection.
We are experts in the identification and control of both drywood and subterranean termites. Depending on your situation and the severity of the infestation we can offer a variety of solutions. The best bet, once your home has been treated is to schedule routine inspections to avoid re-infestation and recurring structural damage to your home.