Catch A Termite Infestation In San Diego Before It's Too Late
September 01, 2022
When people think of pests, they often think of things like rodents, cockroaches, and other pests that spread diseases to humans. While these are certainly serious problems and should never be taken lightly, there is one pest that everyone seems to forget about: termites. Despite not being interested in humans and being incapable of spreading illnesses, termites are one of (if not the) most dangerous pest infestations you can have. Because of the warm weather here, securing professional pest control in San Diego is essential, as the warm weather encourages termites to be active nearly all year long. The key to dealing with these pests is catching them before it's too late. Read on to learn how Habitat Protection can help you save your home from termites today!
Silent Destroyers: Why Termites Get Their Nickname
There are two types of termites in San Diego: drywood termites and subterranean termites. Both are capable of wreaking an intense amount of havoc upon your home. They do so by boring into the wooden beams of your home and chewing their way through them, leaving tunnels for other termites to follow them.
They are called 'silent destroyers' because they conduct their business in complete silence. Many people have absolutely no idea that insects are eating away at the structural integrity of their homes until it is far too late. At best, active termites can cost you thousands of dollars in damage repair. At worst, they can completely compromise the structural integrity of your home.
Four Termite Warning Signs Every Homeowner Ought To Know
Spotting signs of termites (whether they are drywood termites or subterranean termites) is a difficult task, especially to the untrained eye. Having a professional perform a termite inspection will help you stop the damage before it's too late. However, below are four signs of termites every homeowner should know about:
- Creaking floorboards: While all wooden floors tend to squeak and creak when stepped on, if you notice they are excessively squeaky, this could be one of the first signs of termites that you notice in your home.
- Hollow sounds: The next sign of termites is the sound of hollow wood. Tap on your wooden floorboards and beams. If they have a hollow sound, this is evidence of termites, and you should call a professional immediately.
- Mud tubes: Thin, pencil-sized tubes of mud outside your home are a sign of subterranean termites. One end of the tube will be anchored to your home, and the other end will be up against a food source, such as a bush.
- Serpentine galleries: If there are hollow, serpentine galleries in any of your wooden beams, this is the ultimate evidence of termites. These are their tunnels, and seeing this means your case is severe.
A professional from Habitat Protection will be able to spot warning signs before it is too late to reverse the damage. Call us to get a professional termite inspection booked today!
What To Do Once You've Discovered Termites
Upon finding signs of termites in your home, it may feel tempting to run to the store and pick up some over-the-counter termite treatments. Unfortunately, these tools are simply not powerful enough to get the job done. At Habitat Protection, our technicians arrive with the most powerful termite treatments available on the professional market, ensuring they eliminate the entire swarm. So, upon finding evidence of termites in your home, consider taking the following steps:
- Clean up your yard of organic debris to discourage more termites from coming close to your home.
- Move other wooden structures away from your house to keep termites from moving from one structure to another.
- Call a pest control professional for help!
A technician will work with you to implement prevention strategies that will keep the termites from returning after treatment.
How Important Is Professional Termite Control?
If the entire termite colony is not eliminated, your infestation could restart. Termites are able to evolve into whatever caste the colony needs to survive. If one termite is left, it will evolve into a reproducing termite, and the cycle will start all over again. Invest in professional help and get ahead of these pests before they cause irreparable damage. Give Habitat Protection Inc. a call for help today!
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