What to Know about Termite Control Sacramento

We’ve all seen the big tents around our neighborhoods, pinstriped tents that read “We just escaped thousands of dollars in repairs.”  But do you know just which species of termites are local to your area? Or even how to tell if there is a termite infestation on or around your house? Most homeowners act too little to late and are forced to pay thousands in repairs for their infrastructure. With the upcoming months and temperature rise these termites will be looking to colonize, is your house next on their list?

Lethal Types of Termites in Northern California:

Western Subterranean Termites: Mother Natures most Prolific Builders

This specific species is truly one of a kind. An extremely social insect these subterranean termites will be difficult to spot. They develop large underground nests, housing both a queen and king, winged reproductives (younger kings and queens) along with soldiers and workers. Talk about order! A queen can survive up to 25 years producing more than 2,000 eggs per day, that’s 60,000 new termites every month. The worker termites whom she gives birth to are the damage doers. These guys gather all the food (directly from your homes infrastructure) building tunnels and feeding soldiers, queen, and king. The ones you might see most often are the younger kings and queens or swarmers. This military branch will swarm in large quantities during spring, searching for a place to land and ultimately create their own colony. Be on the lookout for these swarms, if you see one near by it is a sure indicator that termite damage is on the way and its time to call your inspector.

Western Drywood Termites: The Winged Beasts

These critters do not live underground and do not require nearly as much order to function inside of a colony. In fact, they are often transported in your furniture! They live inside of timber with low moisture content before branching out and forming multiple independent colonies holding close to 3,000 termites. They are also good home inspectors! Poorly built homes that contain large corner joints serve as ideal doorways for Drywood termites nesting grounds. Now not nearly as prominent in the spring, this species is known to swarm in the late months of September and October when temperatures rise to a rapid 80 degrees. Be on the look out as they swarm in the hundreds eager to colonize.

Pacific Dampwood Termites: Wet Wood Dwellers

Welcome to the most prominent termite in the northern west coast. This termite thrives in cool humid climate building nests with nearly 4,000 colony members. They infect damp timber and swarm year round. About an inch in length they are prominent in areas near or over water. With all our recent rain in Sacramento it might be a good idea to head outside and double check you don’t have any water damage on your house. These sites are prime locations for the Dampwood termite to find its home. Luckily, these guys are slow builders when it comes to developing a colony but don’t let their meticulousness fool you. They usually have more than one colony developing at a time and gathering resources can still cause extreme damage. Be wary if your home is nearby lakes and rivers, Folsom and El Dorado Hills homeowners should be making constant checks during March and April as temperatures continue to rise.

How can I tell if my house has been infected 

Swarms:

If at all you see swarms of any species, it is a sure sign there is a colony either nearby or directly associated with your home.

Colony Nests:

For species such as the subterranean termite, they build visible nests tunneling through cracks and crevices alongside the home. Be sure to check basements and anywhere large amounts of dirt seem to be stuck to sides of housing or brick motor. These tend to be their tunnel highways where they gather food for the colony.

Timber Damage:

Be on the lookout for any timber damage both around trees in your yard or neighborhood as well as inside of your own home. An easy test for termite damage is to lightly press your finger on the wood, if it gives slightly similar to pressing a sponge, it is a sure indicator that there has been termite damage and it’s time to call an inspector.

 

Why are Termites attracted to my house?

It has nothing to do with your house specifically, or in fact anyones house. Long before humans arrived and started tearing down timber, termites were a natural part of the ecosystem. Their feeding allowed for proper decomposition and these little guys were the modern day loggers. Through their feeding and breeding habits, forests continued to grow and multiply be-ridding themselves of old dead trees. The only problem was us! Through constant logging and the removal of forests in addition to our building of residential homes further and further into the landscape we have invaded into their world. So they’re not targeting your home at all, they’re just attempting to survive and the wood inside of your home, your support beams and framing are all vital sources for cellulose—the termites one and only source of food. So it is no wonder termites have been such an issue in the Northern California region. So don’t blame the bugs! Just give us a call at (916) 782-3767 and we will take care of them for you.

How to Control Termite Infestation in 5 Easy Steps

One of the first questions homeowners ask is if there is anything they can do on their end. We always encourage active participation from homeowners to prevent further infestation. Below are a few steps you can take today to stop a termite infestation into your home.

  1. Reduce moisture and standing water around your property. These can prove to be essential breeding grounds for termite offspring. 
  2. Remove any dead wood or leaf piles as termites gravitate towards these in order to access quick and easy food.
  3. Be wary of broken roof tiles and air condition units, these devices can serve as invites for termites to begin to vacate your home.
  4. Don’t forget your attic! These exposed beams are perfect for a termite colony. Be sure to check them often as these beams are frequented by outside weather. A light pressing with your thumb onto the wood is sufficient, if the wood feels spongy, you have termites.
  5. Get an inspection. There is no harm to come from an inspection by Neighborly Pest Control. Our evaluation could save you from thousands of dollars in damages not to mention the cost to vacate your property. Contact Us at (916) 782-3767 to book your free inspection today. You can also find our contact information here.