San Diego Property Owners' Guide To Total Termite Control

The Life Cycle Of Common Termites

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How much do you know about termites in San Diego? If you were to pick up a dead branch in your yard and you saw tiny, pale-colored insects crawling on it, would you know those insects are termites? Would you know what to do to protect your property? Termites can seem like mysterious insects because they stay hidden most of the time. Today, we're going to remove some of the mystery. Here are some essential facts you should know about San Diego termites and what time is the best time to obtain San Diego pest control.

When a termite is born, it begins life as a worker. All termites start this way. Workers are the most abundant termites in a colony, and they're the only termites in the colony that will feed on the wood of your home. The other termites derive their sustenance from the workers.

The queen instructs workers to develop further as the need arises. Some workers become soldiers. Some become reproductives. Some grow wings and leave the nest to become kings and queens of other nests. Winged termites are the most obvious sign of a termite infestation. Unfortunately, winged termites are only visible for a short time. They mate quickly and disappear into cracks, crevices, or the ground.

Why Termites Infest & Destroy Wood Structures

The simple reason why termites eat wood is that there is no competition. Cellulose in wood is hard to consume, and termites have protozoa and bacteria in their guts that make this task easy for them. There is also a simple reason why termites eat wood inside man-made structures. The answer is that we let them. Termite damage is 100 percent preventable with ongoing, always active, termite control products.

How To Remove Factors That Attract Termites To Your Property

If you're not ready to commit to having a professional termite product installed around your home, there are ways you can work to prevent termite damage. The secret is to control attractants.

  • Remove termite food options from your yard.
  • Reduce moisture.
  • Address wood-to-soil contact.
  • Refrain from burying wood in your yard. 
  • Remove stumps and logs.
  • Get stacks of cardboard off the ground.
  • Refrain from using wood pallets to store objects in your backyard.

Along with removing attractants, take proactive steps to prevent termite damage. Here are our best suggestions:

  • Seal entry points that drywood termites can use to get inside. Pay close attention to the frames around doors and windows.
  • Look for the frass produced by drywood termites. You'll find this material near hard wood.
  • Inspect your foundation for shelter tubes produced by subterranean termites. These are made of soil and saliva so they will be the same color as the soil around your home.
  • Inspect the ground, exterior surfaces, and spider webs for tiny white wings shed by termite swarmers. Be sure to also keep an eye out for swarmers in your yard.
  • Look for wood damage. Drywood termites will attack hardwood. Subterranean and dampwood termites attack wood near the ground. Inspect wood in moist or humid space, and in locations where there is shade.

If you detect termites, contact a certified service professional. Termite control in San Diego is a complicated process. If you use the wrong products or apply them incorrectly, termites may be allowed to continue to damage your home for years. Termites are secretive insects that are often hard to detect.

The Secret To Total Termite Control For Your Property

If you live in San Diego, reach out to Habitat Protection Inc. for termite control. We perform full inspections and look for active termites and signs of infestation. We share with you our findings and offer suggestions for control. You may choose from annual inspections, bait station termite monitoring, or active termite control provided by a liquid termiticide barrier in the soil around your home. We understand that one size does not fit all. We offer a range of residential and commercial pest control service options to meet your specific needs and budget. Connect with us today to learn more or to schedule a termite inspection. We look forward to helping you guard your property against termite damage.

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