Termites are among the most destructive pest in the world, causing more than a billion dollars in damage each year in the U.S. alone. There are several types of termites all over the world but there are two distinctive types that damage homes here in California, subterranean and the drywood termites. It is critical to identify the species of destructive termites to figure out an appropriate control treatment. Termites are active across the state of California from Fresno, Bakersfield, Los Angeles and Riverside.
Subterranean termites require contact with the soil, which provides perfect temperatures and moisture for their survival. These termites build the underground nests connected to the above ground food source through mud tunnels. These underground termites are responsible for most termite damage to the homes in the U.S… The most destructive subterranean termite in the U.S. is the Formosan termite. Every year Americans spend an average of $1 billion dollars on termite control measures and repair costs associated with formosan termites.
Drywood termites do not require contact with the soil or the above ground source of moisture to survive. They live on the materials they feed on such as hardwood flooring, dead trees, and pieces of furniture with cellulose material. Drywood termites are larger than the subterranean termites. They create colonies in wood, with no connection to the ground; are often found in attic wood. Some of the signs to look for are very distinct fecal pellets called frass and swarms are the most noticeable sign of any termite infestation. However, drywood termite swarms are small and can be over looked. Wood treatments and regular home maintenance can help reduce a termite infestation.
By limiting the water sources and entry points you can make it less likely termites will make it to your house for dinner. By reducing the wood materials near the home and keeping the exterior walls in good condition you can reduce termite habitats. If you do encounter termites in your home make sure to call Exxel Termite Co. to schedule a termite inspection. Regular follow up inspections are essential and should be carried out at least every 3 to 6 months where signs of termite activity has been located. A professional termite inspection could save you thousands of dollars.