If you have subterranean termites in your home, you have a major problem on your hands.
Subterranean termite colonies can grow to a population of hundreds of thousands, and over time, these termites can consume wood by the pound. Subterranean termites thrive in and around homes, and they can live off of tree roots, wood fences, wood furniture, and other structures around your property. Unlike drywood termites — which can live without access to the ground — subterranean termites build their colonies in the earth. Colonies are typically 20 to 70 feet deep and can travel up to 300 feet from the nest. Fortunately, we specialize in termite control services that specifically target these termites. We provide termite control services for our neighbors throughout Southern California, including those in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Orange County.
Now let’s take a deeper look to better understand these pests. Here are some signs that you may have a subterranean termite infestation:
A termite infestation can destroy a home, but most homeowners don’t know whether or not they have termites—much less what to do if they discover them. We’ve been controlling termites in Southern California for decades, and we’ve fielded hundreds of questions from our customers.
While we’re sure you’ll have many questions about termite control, here are the top five frequently asked questions and professional answers to get you started.
Learning how to treat subterranean termites is possible. All you have to do is figure out where the termite colony, or colonies, are located and determine the best subterranean termite treatment for your home.
Before you decide on a DIY approach, why not let one of our termite inspectors check things out at no cost? Once you know the severity of the termite infestation, you can make an informed decision about how to get rid of subterranean termites.
Traditional termite treatments use termiticides that infect and eradicate entire colonies. Natural termiticides like borates, and other eco-friendly options kill termites in specific areas and are typically used for localized termite treatments.
Altriset is a plant-based termiticide that effectively controls dry wood and subterranean termite infestations.
One of the most widely used termiticides in the industry, Termidor effectively controls dry wood, subterranean, and even Formosan termites with soil treatments.
Another plant-based termiticide, Bora-Care, is specifically formulated as a spot treatment for subterranean termitesand drywood termites and is applied directly to infested wood.
Because termiticides can vary in their application and how they kill termites, how long a subterranean termite treatment lasts depends on the treatment and termiticide used.
The longest-lasting protection against termites is Bora-Care, a natural termiticide applied directly to wood. When applied by a professional, Bora-Care will last for the life of the treated wood. Termidor can last for more than 15 years, and Altriset lasts about five years.
Regardless of which subterranean termite treatment is right for your home, follow-up inspections and preventive measures are recommended.
If you live in Southern California, subterranean termites are a grave threat and require professional subterranean termite control. It’s estimated that about one in five homes in plaque areas like Southern California is in danger from termites.
Western subterranean termites have a voracious appetite for douglas fir and other common woods found in your home’s structural timbers. Because subterranean termites destroy wood from the inside out, damage to your home can go unnoticed for years.
We hear this question most often when cooler weather arrives in Southern California.
While termites aren’t fond of winter temperatures, the cold is rarely enough to kill them, even in areas with severe winters. Termites will go deeper into the soil to avoid the cold, but they are still working hard. Termites only go away if a professional termite treatment makes them!
We know many of our future customers will have more questions. Get your free termite inspection and let a professional termite inspector answer all your questions. Hi-Tech Termite Control provides proven subterranean termite treatments across Southern California, including Orange, Los Angeles, and San Diego counties.