Termites in Southern California

When it comes to termites, it’s important to be proactive, because often, by the time a homeowner realizes there’s a problem, it’s too late.

Termites can cause extensive damage to your home or business. It’s estimated that a homeowner who discovers termite damage will spend an average of $3,000 to repair the damage. Shockingly, these little boogers are estimated to cost US homeowners, farmers, and businesses $30 billion in damage to crops and man-made structures.

The two most common kinds of termites are Subterranean Termites and Drywood Termites.

It’s estimated that a homeowner who discovers termite damage will spend an average of $3,000 to repair the damage.

Subterranean Termites

Subterranean Termites like to inhabit earth and soil, and then will migrate to a wood source near the ground or foundation of your home throughout spring and early summer. Subterranean season usually peaks between July and September, but can reach as far as November.

Drywood Termites

Drywood Termites, otherwise known as “western drywood termites” can be found along coastal regions. These are one of the most destructive breed of termites found in Southern California. They prefer wood with low moisture, and often spread from infested home decor, furniture, and other wooden items.

Signs Your Have Termites

Below is a list of signs that you likely have a termite problem:

• Wood that sounds hollow when tapped on
• Squeaky floorboards
• Damaged, crumbling wood
• Small holes in drywall
• Stuck or jammed windows
• Discolored or sagging drywall
• Mud tubes around the foundation of your property
• Piles of wings that resembling fish scales
• Damaged or raised laminate flooring
• Peeling paint that appears to be water damage

Termite Prevention

As mentioned early in this article, prevention is key. Below are some tips to prevent termite infestations:

1. Keep mulch, lumber, and wood debris away from your home, as these materials are food sources for termites.

2. Eliminate moisture by repairing any leaks you might have inside or outside your residence.

3. Avoid any added moisture around the foundation of your home. This could include leaks, AC condensation, or standing water.

4. Repair broken roof tiles or entrances to your home or attic.

5. Remove or treat old tree stumps around your property.

6. Get rid of any cardboard boxes in places like your attic or garage. Termites love cardboard.

7. Routinely check around your property for signs of mud tubes and cracks.

8. Schedule an annual termite inspection with a professional.

Final Thoughts

We’ve recently added termite control to our list of pest services. If you think you have a termite problem, or would just like to have an assessment of your home or business, we’d be happy to help.

Call or Text us at 951-308-6622.