There are a number of species of termite that affect human structures around the world. California seems to be home to three species that are frequently found destroying homes and causing thousands of dollars worth of damage. Animal Pest Management Services would like to share which species of termites infest California and what season they are most active. Additionally, Animal Pest Management Services will share how to protect your home from these damaging invaders.
Types of Termites Found in Southern California
The most common termite species found destroying human structures in Southern California are Drywood Termites, Dampwood Termites and Subterranean Termites. Subterranean termites are rated as the most destructive species of termites followed by drywood termites. The Formosan Termite is a subterranean species of termite that is one of the most frequently encountered species. Even though they are a subterranean species, they don’t actually need direct contact with the soil and they tend to have multiple support colonies. All termite species are made up of three essential members.
Social Organization of Termites
There is the worker termite that cuts through wood and brings food back to the nymphs and queens. The workers also build the hives or nest. Then there are the soldiers. They have a distinct head that is larger than the other colony members and they’re equipped with large pincers or jaws to defend the nest from invaders. The last members of the colony are the kings and queens, which are the reproductive members of the colony.
When Are Termites Most Active?
Termite activity is highest during breeding season which in most cases take place during spring. Spring is when new colonies are established and the destruction begins. However this isn’t the case in California. Since California weather conditions only slightly adjust throughout the year, termite season can last all year long. Fall is known to be the peak of termite activity. However the weather can change termite activity. Rain, drought, and even temperature can affect termites and their preferred breeding season. You can also detect a termite breeding season. You will often see Alates which are the winged king and queen termites swarming together to mate. They will then relocate to their own nesting sites. Alates often look like winged ants at first. They are dark in color with white or transparent wings, in the shape of a tear drop.
How to Prevent Termites Eating Wood in Your House
There are a number of ways to protect your home from a termite infestation. The first and best defense if you have spotted a swarm near your home is to contact a professional company for a termite inspection. A professional will inspect your home for possible termite invasions. We can even help determine the weak points of your home that is most accessable to termites.
Termite Inspections, Control, Removal & More in San Bernardino, Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside & San Diego Counties, California
Termites often access a home through the attic where the home roof framing is easily entered. Since attics require ventilation, termite queens will fly through the attic vents. Termites are very small and can easily gain access to a home through vents which make them near impossible to keep out of your home. However, there are some defense products to help guard these vulnerable areas of your home. With the help of a professional pest control company that specializes in termites, you can successfully protect your home. Animal Pest Management Services can help protect your home from termites and even treat a termite infestation. To be pest free, contact Animal Pest Management Services today.