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    How Often Should You Schedule a Termite Inspection?

    Last updated 6 days ago

    A termite infestation can cause serious structural damage to your home. Termite damage is not only expensive to repair, but can create a serious safety risk to your family. After all, termite infestations that go untreated have been known to cause walls, floors, and even ceilings to collapse. To protect your home from termite infestation, schedule a professional termite inspection once per year. In between routine inspections, call a termite control expert if you notice piles of termite wings, termite fecal pellets, or wood shavings around your home. Always call a termite inspector before buying or selling a home to prevent future problems that could be very costly.

    At Pacific Coast Termite, we have years of experience offering effective termite control services. Our orange oil termite treatment, wood repair, and thorough termite inspections are known throughout the state of California. Call us at (714) 881-1413 or check out our website to learn more.

    Drywood Termites

    Last updated 14 days ago

    Drywood termites less common than subterranean termites, but they can cause a significant amount of damage. This is largely because drywood termites, unlike subterranean termites, do not need to stay in the soil for moisture. Found regularly in Southern California, drywood termites must be treated right away by a termite control professional to prevent damage. Read more about these fascinating but destructive creatures in the following article.

    Drywood Termite Characteristics

    Drywood termites form colonies of up to 2,500 members. Unlike subterranean termites, drywood termites do not divide work by worker caste; instead, immature drywood termites do the colony’s work until they reach adulthood. Drywood termites like sun and heat, so they usually swarm on hot days after a sudden rise in temperature or a heavy rainstorm.

    Drywood Termite Damage

    Drywood termites have been known to eat through floors, walls, and even support beams. Repairing drywood termite damage can be quite expensive; in fact, the National Pest Management Association estimates that they cause a collective $5 billion in property damage annually.

    Avoiding Drywood Termites

    To prevent drywood termites, make sure scrap wood, firewood, and mulch are stored at least 20 feet away from your home. Seal all of the cracks and holes around the foundation as well. If you see piles of fecal pellets around your home, especially by the windowsills, call a termite exterminator immediately.

    Inspecting for Drywood Termites

    A trained termite control professional should regularly inspect your home for signs of drywood termite infestation. They are most commonly found in dry wood, such as door and window frames, eaves, trim, siding, and attics.

    Pacific Coast Termite of Southern California has years of experience addressing termite problems using a range of treatment options. Our orange oil treatment comes with a 2-year guaranteed warranty. Call us at (714) 881-1413 or check out our website to learn more about our unique and effective approach to termite treatment.

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    Identifying Different Types of Termites

    Last updated 20 days ago

    Termites are a major concern for many homeowners. A termite infestation can cause major damage to your home and property. There are several different species of termites that can infest the home, and each termite type has its own unique traits. To help protect your house from termite damage, it can be helpful to be aware of the different types of termites. In order to help you spot termites on your property, here is a quick look at how to identify some of the common types of termites.

    Dampwood Termites

    As their name suggests, Dampwood Termites prefer to live in wet or extremely damp wood. Typically, Dampwood Termite colonies are found in cool, dark areas of the home that have been exposed to moisture. These termites may also be found in wet wood piles around your yard.

    Drywood Termites

    Unlike Dampwood Termites, Drywood Termites prefer an extremely dry environment. These termites often make their home in dry areas of the home, such as the walls. These destructive termites will eat wallpaper, fabric, and any wooden structures. Drywood Termite damage often appears as a series of tunnels that have been chewed through a wooden surface.

    Formosan Termites

    Formosan Termites are some of the most dangerous and destructive termites. These termites live in colonies that can contain up to thousands of members. Formosan Termites live in underground nests that are made out of mud.

    Subterranean Termites

    Subterranean Termites live under the surface of the earth. These termites build mud tunnels in order to reach their food sources, which include wood, paper, and other plant based materials. A Subterranean Termite infestation can cause extensive damage to the home.

    If your home has a termite problem, do not hesitate to contact the termite control experts at Pacific Coast Termite. We offer a range of termite extermination options, including orange oil and green treatments. To set up a consultation for your home in the LA County area, give us a call at (714) 881-1413.

    Understanding Where Termites Come From

    Last updated 28 days ago

    Subterranean Termites enter your home from the ground. These termites prefer to live in dark areas that are high in moisture. In order to enter your home, Subterranean Termites will create shelter tubes out of mud. For more information about where Subterranean termites come from, watch this video from eHow.

    If you are concerned that your home has a termite infestation, be sure to call Pacific Coast Termite. We provide homeowners in the LA County area with expert termite extermination and control service. To learn more about the green termite control options that we have to offer you, call us at (714) 881-1413. 

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