“Termite” is a scary word for any homeowner. These small pests can eat your home from the inside out without even being noticed. Sometimes, termites infest a home for years, or even decades, before someone spots them. When termites are allowed to nest in your home without treatment, you could potentially lose your entire home.
At Hi-Tech Termite Control, we are here to make sure that doesn’t happen. We offer our customers a free termite inspection so that you can sleep soundly at night knowing that your home is termite-free. And, in the event that you do have termites living in your walls, we offer several safe termite control methods. We can even treat many infestations that don’t require you to leave your home.
In today’s blog post, we are going to discuss some of the common types of termites that are found in California and how to identify them. Continue reading to learn more, and if you are concerned about termites in your home, contact Hi-Tech Termite Control in Orange County and San Diego today for a free inspection.
The Drywood Termite
The drywood termite is especially common in California. These termites are usually red in color with black wings, and are often mistaken for carpenter ants. Drywood termites enjoy low-moisture climates and do not require contact with the soil to live. They live in colonies of about 10,000 and can easily destroy an entire home.
Drywood termites are those that you will notice during swarming season. It only takes two — one male and one female — to make it into your home to begin a nest that will quickly turn into an infestation.
The Dampwood Termite
Dampwood termites can be up to one-inch in length. They have a large reddish-brown head and large multi-toothed mandibles. Dampwood termites, as the name implies, prefer damp and decaying wood. They are commonly found in Northern California and other Pacific Coast states.
Dampwood termites are also known to swarm and typically find new nests from January to October. These types of termites are more commonly found in the outdoors due to their preference for damp wood, but can easily find their way into a home if the wood is decaying or wet.
The Powderpost Termite
Powderpost termites are quite similar to drywood termites except that they eat at a slower rate and do not have as many termites per colony. However, they often have more than one colony within the same building, so they can still be just as dangerous to the structural integrity of your home.
Powderpost termites can be found in Northern california, Hawaii, and along the East Coast. They commonly attack timber type furniture.and buildings that have less than 12% timber moisture content. While these termites may not be found in homes quite as often as drywood or subterranean termites, they are still a pest you want to steer clear of.
The Subterranean Termite
Subterranean termite swarmers are typically dark-brown to back in color, while workers and soldiers may be more cream colored. You will also find these types of termites swarming when the season comes around.
The most obvious trait of a subterranean termite is the mud tunnels that they leave behind. The tunnels connect their nest to their food source. Subterranean termites are one of the most common types of termites found in California and can destroy an entire house within a year and a half.
Schedule Your Free Termite Inspection
If you think that you may have any of these types of termites in your home, it’s time to speak with an experienced termite inspector. At Hi-Tech Termite Control in San Diego and Orange County, we offer our customers a free termite inspection. We understand how stressful a termite problem can be, and we are here to help.
At Hi-Tech Termite Control, we offer several environmentally-friendly termite treatment options that don’t require you to leave your home. We offer an orange oil treatment, a microwave treatment, Altriset® solution, and more. And, if your termite infestation is extremely severe, we do offer fumigation services, where we can safely and effectively eradicate the termites in your home. Don’t let termites eat your home from the inside out, call Hi-Tech Termite Control today for your free termite inspection.