Termites: How They Effect Your Home or Property
Termites are the cause of billions of dollars of home damage each year. Homeowners/ Property Owners typically spend $3,000 on average on wood repair. Personally assessing your home/ property and scheduling termite inspections yearly will allow you to get ahead of potential infestations.
Where in Your Property Termites Can Be Found
There are two common types of termites that tend to show up in homes in Southern California: subterranean and dry wood. Subterranean termites come from underneath the ground and build tunnels that travel to the wood in the home/ property. You would begin to see the mud tubes in your home. Whereas dry wood termite swarmers make their way into wood members to start their colony. As they grow after three to five years, it becomes too crowded in their habitat and they start to push droppings out of the colony to make room for more termites. They spread to different wood members throughout the home.
These termites can be found in multiple locations throughout the home. Termites can take residence in garages, crawlspaces, attics, flooring/ subflooring, cabinets, or staircases. Most commonly, they take residence in wooden siding and foundations on the exterior.
How to Identify a Possible Infestation
If you look around your home and see damaged wood with mud or dirt in it, that lets you know that you may have subterranean termites. If small black flying insects are hovering near windows or doors, most likely those are subterranean termites as well.
For dry wood termites, wood members will have droppings or pellets inside of them. The swarmers have red heads and brown bodies.
If Termites Are Found
If any of the above termites are found in your home, do not hesitate to contact AMEN Pest Control to schedule a free inspection (888-428-2636). We offer one time services, yearly renewal plans to insure your home, heating treatments, or whole home or building eradications (tenting) all at affordable rates.
We hope this post has been helpful. Give us a call if you have any questions (888-428-2636).