Termites Identification & Prevention

About Termites In San Diego

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San Diego is home to some of the worst termites. Termites are dangerous, wood-destroying pests that are responsible for causing five billion dollars worth of structural damage in homes all throughout the country. Termites are difficult to detect and control, and professional home pest control is the best way to ensure your home remains safe from costly damage. All residents should know about these pests and what to do if there are signs of an infestation.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Termites

What are termites?

Two termites are common in the San Diego area: subterranean and drywood termites. Subterranean termites are the most destructive because their colonies are usually much larger, and they are attracted to rotting or decaying wood.

Although their colonies are smaller, drywood termites can still cause extensive damage. Not only do these termites eat the soft parts of wood, as subterranean termites do, but they also eat the hard parts, which can lead to more destruction in a shorter amount of time.

No matter what type of termites you are dealing with, you need to address them immediately.

Are termites dangerous?

Although termites won't sting, bite, or spread diseases, they are still dangerous because of the damage they cause. Termites often go unnoticed for some time, which allows them to eat their way through the structure of a home. Because of this, it can also be dangerous to assess termite damage, so you should leave termite control and prevention to professionals.

Why do I have a termite problem?

Termites are attracted to homes for different reasons. For subterranean termites, a house with water damage or decaying wood will provide the moisture they need. Whereas drywood termites like hard, dry woods.

Where will I find termites?

Where you'll find termites throughout a home depends on the species and how large the colony is. Because subterranean termites live underground, they usually enter a home through the foundation. However, drywood termites don't need moisture from the soil, so they are not dependent on cracks in the foundation to get inside.

How do I get rid of termites?

If you believe you have termites on your property, you should contact us at Habitat Protection. We will perform a full inspection and look for active and past signs of a termite infestation. Depending on our findings, we will implement specific treatment that may include:

  • Trench & treat
  • Borate treatments
  • Bait stations
  • Termite damage repair
  • Localized treatments
  • Fumigation

We also offer pre-construction treatments and WDO reports for lenders. No matter what termite treatments you need, we provide a termite-free guarantee. Give us a call today to learn more about residential and commercial pest control solutions in San Diego!

How can I prevent termites in the future?

No one wants to deal with termites a second time. To keep another infestation from happening on your property, use these expert-recommended prevention tips:

  • Eliminate excess moisture in your yard, especially around the foundation. You can do this by removing organic debris such as leaf piles, grass clippings, and excess foliage and creating a barrier between the foundation and mulch or soil using crushed rocks.
  • Address any leaking pipes and faucets inside your home. Make sure to repair or replace anything damaged by water.
  • Seal cracks your foundation and exterior walls to eliminate potential entry points.

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