How To Keep Termites Away From Your San Diego Property

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When you think of pests, what comes to mind? Most people think about pests such as flies and ants which invade living areas to steal food and be annoying. But many homeowners forget about the ones that don’t crawl around indoors. We are talking about termites. These hungry little insects spend their entire lives underground or inside pieces of wood. Sometimes termites cause extensive damage to area homes. To make sure your San Diego property is protected against termite problems, here are some things to think about today.

The LifeStyle Of Common Termites 

There are two common types of termites that damage homes here in San Diego, Eastern subterranean termites, and Formosan termites. Eastern subterranean termites are the most common and Formosan termites destroy homes the fastest. Both of these invasive insects live in large social colonies underground and invade homes through tunnels. Within each colony, there are male and female reproductive termites, workers, and soldiers. Workers spend their entire lives digging tunnels and gathering food (cellulose) for their colonies. Soldiers guard tunnels against predators by using their larger heads and mandibles. Queens lay eggs and assign roles to new members. Some queens can lay up to 30,000 eggs in one day! These eggs take one to two weeks to hatch. The only thing that limits colony growth is available food sources nearby. If your home looks tasty to these pests, they will eat as much of it as possible and won’t stop until you make them.

Why Termites Infest And Destroy Wood Structures 

Termites survive on cellulose, a component found in things like wood, leaves, and cardboard. Both kinds of termites that live in San Diego like wood that is water-damaged, rotting, or softened in another way. Homes become water damaged when gutters are broken/clogged, leaks seep into structural wood, and sources of moisture build-up leak in around foundations. High humidity in and around homes can also lead to wood damage. Once termites start chewing into structural wood, they spread moisture as they go. This moisture damage can lead to wood swelling and may start to be noticeable when doors and windows become hard to open or close and floors become squeaky. If you are noticing signs of termites inside your San Diego home, get help immediately. 

Easy Ways To Make Your Property Less Appealing To Termites 

If your home is termite-free and you would like to keep it that way, we recommend putting some general DIY pest control in place. Here are just a few natural options to protect your home.

  • Address sources of rainwater buildup around your home’s exterior.
  • Clear a five-foot dry zone around your home’s exterior.
  • Seal holes, gaps, and cracks found in your foundation, and make sure there is a non-wood barrier between exterior soil and your home’s structural wood.
  • Avoid using wood-based mulch on your property.
  • Clean up sticks, leaves, cardboard, and other wood or wood-based item from your property. 
  • Repair leaky piping and fixtures indoors.

The Best Way To Protect Your Property From Termites 

When it comes to total termite control, you only have one option: hiring a professional. At Habitat Protection, we offer comprehensive options to help homeowners in our area deal with termite problems. If you suspect you have a termite problem on your property or you are looking for a professional option to keep these pests out year-round, let us help today.

Call now to find out more about pest control in San Diego. We will walk you through our options and show you why so many in our area choose Habitat Protection for their home’s termite control needs.

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