Last updated 2 days ago
Termite infestations are an extremely common issue for homeowners around the country. In fact, up to 600,000 homes are damaged by termites each year. To ensure that your home is free from the threat of termites, it is essential to schedule an annual termite inspection for your property that includes thorough diagnostic procedures. Here is a look at some of the reasons why a visual inspection isn’t enough when looking for a termite infestation.
Termites Thrive In Unseen Areas
Termites prefer to establish colonies in unseen areas of your home, such as underneath your floors or behind your walls. A visual inspection will not be able to detect these hidden termite colonies. If an unseen infestation is present, your home could be suffering from thousands of dollars of termite damage.
Termites Are Home Invasion Experts
Termite colonies are extremely adept at finding places to enter your home. Termites may find their way into your home through tiny cracks in your foundation, a crawl space, or a small leak in your wall. Even if your home appears to be termite free, a thorough inspection procedure may find signs of termites in your house.
Termites Can Travel Around Your Neighborhood
If your neighbor is suffering from a termite infestation, these destructive insects can easily make their way to your home. Termites can travel from house to house using tunnels, or by crawling and flying. To ensure that your home is protected from the dangers of termites, it is essential to perform more than a visual inspection.
To schedule a termite inspection for your home in LA or Orange County, contact Pacific Coast Termite by calling (714) 881-1413. Our termite extermination experts can provide you with a complete range of termite control services, such as orange oil treatments. We look forward to assisting you with your termite control needs.
Last updated 10 days ago
Did you know that a queen termite can live for up to 10 years? Termites are resilient pests that can cause thousands of dollars of damage or even completely destroy a property if left untreated. Continue reading to learn about the lifecycle of termites and to find out which company to call for effective termite control in California.
Mating Flight and Fertilization
The first stage of the termite’s lifecycle is when the swarming male and female termites leave their colonies and procreate. Following this, winged termites shed their wings and move on to form new colonies. In those colonies, these termites become the king or queen termites, and assume virtually all responsibility for reproduction in that colony.
Larvae and Caste Assignment
When the queen finally lays her eggs, they hatch into white larvae. After these larvae grow up, they are assigned to one of three termite colony castes: soldiers, workers, and alates. Though no one is certain how larvae are relegated to a specific caste, research has shown that both maturity and the particular needs of the colony play some role.
Caste Characteristics and Duties
The worker termites construct tunnels and living quarters for the colony, and even clean and feed other termite castes. Solders, which are identifiable by their yellow-brown color and massive heads, engage in combat to protect the colony. Alates are the reproductive termites, and are dark in color and have two pairs of wings. If a colony has a shortage of one caste, termites of another caste can develop into a different caste to fulfill the needs of the colony.
Life Span and Survival
Worker and soldier termites usually live for one year, or two years if they are healthy and well fed. Queen termites, on the other hand, may live for up to 10 years if the climate and other conditions are good.
At Pacific Coast Termite, we use effective termite treatment methods that prevent infestations without fumigation. Visit our website to learn more about our orange oil termite control procedure, and call us today at (714) 881-1413 for a free termite inspection.
Last updated 15 days ago
A termite infestation can cost thousands of dollars, and may even make a home structurally unsafe. Before purchasing a home, schedule a termite inspection to give yourself the peace of mind of knowing your next home is termite-free. For more reasons why you should arrange a termite inspection before buying a home, read this article.
Oftentimes there is little evidence of termite infestation
Termites eat wood from the inside out. So when you’re walking through a home, it’s nearly impossible to tell whether it is infested with termites or not until it’s too late. It would even be hard to tell if a home is structurally unsound as a result of termites.
Termites can cause costly damage
The presence of termites inside a home by no means indicates that there is serious structural damage. A termite inspector will be able to tell how recent the infestation is. A recent termite infestation can be controlled quickly and easily. But an infestation that is far along may have left behind some serious structural damage that may affect whether or not you buy the home.
You may be able to get the property owner to pay for it
In many cases the property owner will pay for the termite inspection if he or she has not obtained one recently, especially if the sale of the house is imminent. If termites are found, the property owner will almost certainly pay for extermination and repair costs.
Termite inspectors can recognize other pests
Hire a professional termite control specialist that is trained to recognize a number of other types of wood-eating pests such as carpenter ants. Ask your termite specialist if he or she could identify any rodent problems before you buy a house, too.
If you want to cover your bases before buying a house, contact the termite experts at Pacific Coast Termite of California. Our termite treatments are safe and effective. Call us at (714) 881-1413 for a free inspection, and check out our website to see all of our pest control services.
Last updated 22 days ago
Termite swarmers are winged adult termites that are usually present in or near a home when there is a termite colony nearby. To identify a termite swarmer, look for small insects with long wings that are about as long as Roosevelt’s head on a dime coin. You may see termite swarmers coming out of a wall or a pipe entry point. Watch this video to get a better sense of what a termite swarmer looks like.
If you suspect that there is a termite problem in your California home, contact Pacific Coast Termite today. In addition to termite control, we offer wood repair and even free termite inspections. For more information, visit us online or call us at (714) 881-1413.
Last updated 29 days ago
It can be hard to distinguish between one type of small insect and another. This is exactly why many homeowners panic when they see ant-like insects inside the home, thinking that they could be termites. Fortunately, if you know how to tell the difference between ants and termites, it is actually fairly easy to tell which type of insect is inside your home. Flying ants have bent antennae, while termites have straight antennae. Flying ants have a narrow waist, while on termites the waist is wider. Flying ants have front wings that are larger than their hind wings, while termite wings are of equal length.
If you need help finding out if your California house has termites or ants, contact Pacific Coast Termite. Visit our website to learn about our effective termite treatments, and call us at (714) 881-1413 if you have any questions or would like to schedule a free inspection.