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Worried Your Seeing Termites?
Start with a Free Termite Inspection for Identification
California has two common types of termites. Subterranean and Drywood. These types of termites can appear identical on the worker level but are identified differently at the Swarmer level. Other clues, such as infestation signs can significantly assist in identification. Starting with a free termite inspection is the first step towards ridding your home of infestation.
Subtle Termite Signs
Mud Tubes or Mud Tunnels
Subterranean Termites are the silent destroyers of many homes. Colonies live underground sending worker termites up through tunnels made of fecal matter and dirt. The doo-doo tunnels act as freeways into your home so that the workers can eat the wood, returning to the colony below. These mud tubes or tunnels are an obvious sign of Subterranean Termite activity. In mature colony’s the termites eat through the drywall building the tunnels on the interior side to facilitate swarming. If you see mud tubing or dirt forming on your interior drywall, call a professional exterminator immediately. Termite control in Costa Mesa doesn’t have to be difficult, Call a Pro.
Drywood Termites defecate little-hardened pellets. They have six concave sides with rounded ends. This pellet is digested wood, stripped of its glucose and water. Homeowners often describe these pellets as “sand” or “Droppings.” If you see these small wood pellets, there is a high percentage chance you are dealing with a Drywood Termite infestation. If the diameter spread of the pellets is great, you are dealing with an infestation dropping pellets from a higher point. If you are noticing a mound of pellets, your infestation is a few feet above the mound. If the pellet mound is pointed, the infestation is likely right above the pellet pile. Once you have identified the approximate height of the infestation locating the “Kick out” hole is next. If you are lucky, you will see a single termite pushing fecal matter out through the kick-out hole to the pile below. Drywood termite workers clear the colony channels for swarmers. Swarmers pack the now empty channels in preparation.
Subterranean Termite Swarmer
Termite Swarming season for Subterranean Termites is in March through April. Swarming occurs after the first hot sunny day that follows a gloomy rainy day. This dramatic change in weather triggers the insects into reacting. Once triggered hundreds sometimes thousands of reproductive alates exit the colony in search of starting their own. This swarming is extremely problematic in areas beneath homes as they are likely to colonize then explore only to find your awaiting floor joists. With Slab foundations they usually swarm inside making recolonization difficult. If you see all black straight torso ant-like bugs with transparent wings call for a free termite inspection. Termite Control in Costa Mesa Starts with a free inspection.
Drywood Termite Swarmer
Swarming Drywood Termites are found late summer early fall and continue right up until Winter. Pellet Production usually begins around July in anticipation of the swarming season. These winged reproductive termites are black bodied with a fire red head and transparent wings. Their Straight non-pinched torso makes them easily identifiable against the pinched waists of Ants. Every Drywood Termite swarm is a problem as they can re-infest in any piece of wood, including your kitchen table or antique picture frame. If you see the Drywood Termite Swarmer pictured below, call for an inspection immediately.
Subterranean Termite Control
Due to this type of termite colony living underground in a location not exactly known full perimeter treatment is required. If you receive an estimate for “spot treatment,” in which the company is estimating the work, only treats the area showing Subterranean Signs be suspect of their approach, warranty and results. There could be several entry points containing subterranean termite activity into your home. Treating one of the many will likely not solve your issue. Coupled with these companies providing limited warranties covering just the area treated you are setting yourself up for a nickel and dime retreatment headache. Make sure whoever does your Subterranean Termite work does full treatments with full warranties. Subterranean Termite infestations are nothing to take lightly. Subterranean Termite Control in Costa Mesa is our Specialty.
Drywood Termite Control in Costa Mesa
Ever see that big ugly Tent in your neighborhood? That is the most identifiable Drywood Termite control method. Fumigation (Tenting) has been around since the 1950s and is a staple of the California Termite Control industry. It’s a Drywood Only Treatment and Offers Zero protection or extermination of Subterranean Termites. The house is covered in tarps and injected with poisonous gas. The issue I have with Fumigation is that it only controls one type of termite and offers no protection from reinfestation.
Homeowners that decide to Fumigate in July during pellet production run the risk of being reinfested by a swarming neighbor as little as two months later. Once reinfestation occurs, that expensive Drywood only termite treatment is completely wasted. Termite Control in Costa Mesa Doesn’t have to be about tents.
Why is Treebark Termite and Pest Control The Right Termite Control Company For You?
Treebark Termite and Pest Control tackles termites from the “everything or nothing” approach. We only perform services that control all termites on the property not just Drywood or Subterranean. Competitors of ours might offer Drywood Termite Control via Fumigation (tenting the structure) while not addressing the potential for a Subterranean Termite Attack. This causes frustration when a Subterranean infestation appears at a later date. These types of competitors seem inexpensive until you add their prices up and compare to our regular Treebark service. To not be covered for this or that type of termite after treatment is not a solution.