Termites cost $5 billion dollars each year in property damage, affecting around 600,000 homes annually. Termite infestations will often be hidden behind walls, under floor coverings, and in subareas and attics. Even exposed wood can hide a large colony of termites just below the surface of the wood. It doesn’t matter if the structure is old or new, once termites gain access to the wooden structure of your home, they’ll start eating and breeding 24 hours a day seven days a week. Termites also eat wood-based items such as valuable books and documents. There are two major families of termites in California: Subterranean and Drywood termites. Subterranean termites burrow underground, while Drywood termites don’t need the soil to live.
Drywood termites get the moisture they need from the humidity in the air and in the wood they eat. Except when they are swarming, they live their entire lives in the wood they infest. Warm temperatures and heavy rains tend to instigate swarms.
One way people discover they have Drywood termites is when they find termite pellets. The pellets are hexagonal-shaped feces about 1mm long and to the untrained eye look somewhat like round grains of sand. If you find piles of tiny pellets in your home, it’s a good idea to call McCauley for a termite inspection.
As the name suggests, Subterranean Termites live underground. They are the most destructive termite species. They typically enter structures through earth to wood contact, and cracks in the foundation or concrete walls. They are also capable of building mud tubes to reach up to the wood of the structure.
Subterranean termites will forage through the soil, hundreds of feet from their nest. They are the most common type of termite found in California. The queen termite can live more than 25 years and can produce 2,000 eggs per day. A single colony may have more than 1,000,000 termites.
They are attracted to moisture and heat so they will often be found near plumbing, water heaters, floor heaters, and fireplaces. Signs of a Subterranean Termite infestation include mud tubes, evidence of swarmers, and wood damaged with a honeycombed appearance which include hollow sections of wood packed with mud.
If you notice any of these signs at your home or business, it is important to call McCauley right away.
The first step to protect your home from termites is to call McCauley Agricultural & Pest Service to request a free termite inspection. The purpose of the inspection is to look for accessible evidence of termites or other wood destroying organisms, including carpenter bees, wood boring beetles, carpenter ants, and wood destroying fungus. The inspector is required to report evidence of termites and the other wood destroying organisms. He is also required to report the damage caused by these organisms, and conditions on the property that create a vulnerability to these organisms.
Most termite inspections occur when someone is selling or refinancing a home or some other structure. Buyers want to know the structure is free from termite infestation before they purchase the property. Many lenders require the structure is certified to be clear of termites and fungus damage before approving a loan for the property.
Even if you are not selling your home, it’s a good idea to get a termite inspection every 3-4 years. If termites are detected early, you can often avoid serious damage and expensive repairs down the road.
McCauley Offers Termite Inspections for Most Structures:
- Detached Garages
- Office Space
- Commercial Buildings
Free Termite Estimates
In many cases, it makes sense to order a termite inspection to confirm the full extent of the infestation and determine the best approach to eliminate the infestation. However, if you are pretty sure you have termites and want an estimate for tent fumigation or a Subterranean Termite treatment, your McCauley termite inspector can come out and give you an estimate free of charge.
Local Termite Treatment
The local or spot treatment process involves drilling small holes into the hollow galleys in the wood, and then injecting a termiticide into the galleys. The termiticide is slow acting so the termites ingest it and get it on their bodies and ultimately bring it back to the colony.
Fumigation is a whole-structure method that has the highest success rate for eliminating drywood termites. Termite fumigation involves placing a tent over your home or commercial structure to seal off the structure. A fumigant is then released inside which kills all of the termite colonies in your home. The fumigation process takes about three days and you must prepare your home by removing or bagging consumable items and other items in your home. For more information about preparing for tent fumigation, call McCauley Agriculture and Pest Control Service today at (925) 634-1255.
Subterranean Termite Treatment
Because Subterranean Termites live underground, the best way to protect your home is to apply a termiticide to the soil where the termites might enter the home. There are a variety of ways to apply the termiticide at the proper depth in the soil. This often involves digging a trench around the home and filling the trench and any subareas beneath the home with termiticide. In many cases, it is also necessary to drill holes in concrete pads or the foundation to inject the soil with termiticide. When the termite touches or ingests the slow-acting termiticide it becomes a carrier to the other termites in the colony. The termiticide not only eliminates the entire colony, but it also serves as a protective barrier between the termites and your home.
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