Santa Barbara is home to more than just good psychics. There’s good pest control too, in the form of Cal Termite, termite control Santa Barbara.
If you’re having a termite problem, the first thing you need to know is what kind of termites you’re dealing with. Of the 2,000 species of termite in the world, there are three that are common in Southern California: drywood termites, subterranean termites, and Formosan termites. The most common termites, at least in Southern California, are drywood termites. They are found most often in beachy areas. They live in the walls, in the attics, in the garages. They find their way into houses through holes in the wood. They are most active in the summer and the fall. Subterranean termites, while not the most common, are the most motivated.
They can destroy a home at 80 times the rate of drywood termites. They create mud tunnels under your home, that when found look like it has been the site of an alien invasion. They use these mud tunnels for shelter from the weather as well as way to get to the wood inside your home. They are most active in the spring. The third type, Formosan termites, have been nicknamed the “super termite” because of how large the colonies are. They easily reach the millions and can cause an inordinate amount of damage in a short amount of time. Because of the sheer size of their colonies, they are extraordinarily difficult to eliminate from an area.
Once we have determined exactly what kind of termite is destroying your home, we can decide what to do, treatment wise, to get rid of them. The best way to do this preventatively is with Cal Termite’s annual or biennial inspections. There are some treatments we apply unilaterally. These include treatments of interior, exterior, and foundation with an eco-friendly pesticide. The one we use is Orange Oil. It’s harmless to humans, 95% effective against termites, and we applied both above and below ground.
After that, we get to the custom stuff. To deal with drywood termites, we have an attic plan that includes custom installation and cleaning out the attic. Cal Termite wants to be as thorough as we can with small and dangerous problems like this. Subterranean termites are determined and hard-working nuisances and can cause a lot of damage to wooden structures. One of our treatments is to repair that damage. We also have a treatment plan for recurring infestations. Formosan termites are incredibly difficult to remove, so we have a specific wood pretreatment plan to keep these repeat offenders away.
If you have any questions, want to set up an inspection for termite control in Santa Barbara, or have a serious and immediate termite problem, go to our website, call us, or even drop in. We’ve heard it both ways, but Cal Termite is the best way to keep your home safe from termites, no matter where they may be or what type they are.