A termite infestation is every homeowner’s worst fear. These silent destroyers can cause thousands of dollars in property damage before people even realize they have taken over their home. The residents of Southern California aren’t free from this fear as there are a few different termite species that are infesting our area. Animal Pest Management Services is here to talk about the three termite species most commonly found in Southern CA.
How Common are Drywood Termites in Southern California?
Of all the termite species out there, the residents of Southern California deal with Drywood termites more than any others. These termites don’t require any contact with soil and favor dry conditions as opposed to damp ones. They are often found building their nests in roofing materials, wooden wall supports and even dead and dry wood found on properties. They are often found infesting power poles, dead trees and lumber that home and business owners are storing for later. These termites are most active in the late summer and early fall.
How Long Do Subterranean Termites Swarm?
If there is any wood that is making contact with soil, it is at risk of a subterranean termite infestation. They enter many homes through cracks in the foundation and make their way to the core structure of the home. You can often see that you have a subterranean termite infestation because of the mud tubes that they build allowing them to have the moisture they need as they travel to and from your home and their nest found in the ground. These termites are far more destructive than the drywood termites and need to be dealt with as soon as you notice any signs that they have taken over your property. Termites typically swarm in the spring season, often after a rain storm when the weather is warm and humid. Termites typically swarm for a few weeks depending on local weather conditions.
What Do Formosan Termites Eat?
Formosan termites are the most destructive termite that you can have infest your home. They consume wood at a faster rate than other species and live in much larger colonies. They build intricate mud nests inside of the structures that they are feeding on. One colony alone can contain several million termites and will forage up to 300 feet deep in soil. If for some reason you have these termites take over your home, it can be hard to get them under control before they have cause serious damage to your home or business. They can cause severe damage in as little as 3 months when other termite species take longer than that to significantly damage your home.
Termite Pest Inspections, Control, Treatment & More in San Bernardino, Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside & San Diego Counties, California
If you are dealing with a suspected termite infestation in your home or business, taking immediate action is key. To avoid the damage that can be caused by these pests, you need the professionals at Animal Pest Management Services to inspect your home and come up with an aggressive plan to control the situation. We have the experience and expertise needed to effectively get rid of any termite issue you may have in your home. Call us today!