What Every San Diego Homeowner Should Know About Termite Damage

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Securing professional pest control in San Diego is crucial for homeowners. While there are many different types of pests here, there is one that stands out amongst them all -- termites. These tiny, wood-boring insects might be silent and nondisruptive, but they can do more damage to your physical property than any other type of pest. At best, termites will cost you thousands of dollars in damage repair costs. At worst, they will completely compromise the structural integrity of your home, making it unsafe to be in. At Habitat Protection Inc, we pride ourselves on identifying termite damage in its early stages, saving you thousands. Read on to learn more about how we can help you keep your home safe today!

How Common Are Termites In San Diego?

There are two types of termites here in San Diego: drywood termites and subterranean termites. Both types are equally destructive, and the warm weather that San Diego residents enjoy virtually all year long means that there will be active termites nearly year-round. 

A termite infestation doesn’t just affect houses made of wood -- it also means your sheds, barns, porches, and other wooden structures on your property are at risk. Because of their sneaky nature, spotting signs of termites in any of your wooden structures is incredibly difficult. Call the professionals at Habitat Protection Inc. and get scheduled for a professional termite inspection today!

Homeowner's Guide To Identifying Termite Damage

The first step to spotting signs of termites is to know what evidence of termites looks like. Below are some of the most tell-tale signs that your home is in need of professional termite control today:

  • Mud tubes: If subterranean termites have invaded, you will know this by the distinctive thin, pencil-sized mud tubes they build. These will usually be outside, with one end attached to your home, and the other attached to a shrub or other source of food. They create these to keep an ambient temperature, as subterranean termites prefer to live at a very specific temperature.
  • Squeaky floorboards: While most wooden floors creak and groan a bit, if you start to notice they have been excessively squeaky, this could also be a sign that termites have been at it, and it would be a good idea to start purposefully seeking out other signs.
  • Serpentine galleries: If you have noticed any of the above signs, start peeling boards back and taking a closer look. As termites chew through the wood, they leave tunnels behind, and they are maze-like in structure and are oftentimes called serpentine galleries. This is a sure-fire sign you have an infestation and need professional termite control as soon as possible.
  • Hollow wood: Walk around your home and intentionally tap on wooden boards, both on your walls, ceilings, and floors. If they sound hollow or empty, this could be a sign of termites, as these hollow noises are a result of the tunnels they chew through the wood.

Evidence of termites will not be noticeable at first. The more prominent the damage is, the more severe your infestation will be. Getting ahead of these pests is an investment you won’t regret. Contact us to get on the books today!

What To Do When You Find Termite Damage

If you have found evidence of active termites on your property, the first thing you should do is call the professionals. Over-the-counter termite treatments are simply not strong enough to get the job done. Additionally, most of these public-grade termite treatments can’t even reach the core of the termite swarm, rendering the tools useless and a waste of money. 

When you find termites on your property, saving your wooden structures becomes a race against the clock. The more time spent trying to DIY your termite treatments means these pests have more time to wreak havoc. Do better by your home and contact the professionals at Habitat Protection Inc. for immediate treatment!

Three Things You Can Do To Avoid Future Termite Infestations

While a pest control professional from Habitat Protection Inc. will help you implement proven prevention strategies, below are three things you can do today to help avoid a future infestation:

  1. Clean up your yard. A termite infestation usually starts with termites setting up shop in the organic debris in your yard, such as logs and stumps. Clear these out regularly to keep termites from coming near your yard.
  2. Remove wooden structures away from home. If there are other wooden structures around your house, try moving them further away, like a shed or barn. 
  3. Paint porches. If your porch is made of wood, try painting it to help deter termites from chewing through that, as they usually will graduate to your house afterward.

When it comes to the safety of your home, don’t take chances -- take active steps towards protecting your home from dangerous wood-boring pests today. Give us a call!

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