Last updated 12 hours ago
Subterranean termites live underground in damp soil. Outside of Alaska, they are found in every state in the US, but are most prevalent in the South and Southeast. Subterranean termites live in colonies of thousands and are always eating.
How can you determine whether subterranean termites have infested your home? Look for damaged wood that looks like honeycomb. Subterranean termites only like soft wood fiber, so they avoid eating the grain. You may also notice termites swarming during the spring months. Keep an eye on windowsills and other surfaces around your home. If you find thin, paper-like wings, then a subterranean termite swarm may have entered your property.
Subterranean termites can do an extreme amount of damage to your home very quickly. That is why you should call Pacific Coast Termite at the first sign of a problem. We offer free inspections, and if we find termites, we can get rid of them using green termite control methods that are safe for your family. Make your inspection appointment now by calling (714) 881-1413.
Last updated 6 days ago
Termites are tremendously dangerous to your home. Unless you call a termite control expert, termites could significantly damage your home structure in as little as six months and completely destroy the property in two years. How does such a small insect cause such big damage, and what signs should you be on the lookout for? Here is what you need to know.
Termites and Wood Damage
Termites survive on a diet of dead wood. Although they can happily live by eating trees, homes look like just another food source to them. Termites travel in colonies, and once they find a good food source, they are very hard to clear out. Termites eat around the clock, seven days a week. Even a small colony of termites consists of several hundred insects that are all eating away at your home. This is how they do so much damage so quickly.
Signs of Termite Damage
It’s important to keep an eye out for signs of termite damage around your home. The longer the colony stays in your wood, the more damage they will do. Keep an eye out for holes in your wood, sagging doors, piles of wood shavings, and crumbled drywall. A line of mud across a concrete surface could be a termite tunnel. In the spring, you may even see swarming termites flying around your home or discover papery wings on surfaces inside your home. Note that any of these signs mean that termites are already in your home and that you should call a termite control expert right away.
Preventing Termite Infestations
Regular pest control inspections are a good first step in preventing termite damage. Don’t store wood near your home, and keep your gutters clear. Make sure your home foundation is well sealed and dry. Moisture is a big draw for termites.
If you suspect termites, Pacific Coast Termite is here to help. Our experts will perform a termite inspection and prescribe the right termite control method for your property. We rely on green termite treatments, like Orange Oil, so your family does not have to leave the home. To learn more, call us at (714) 881-1413.
Last updated 14 days ago
The longer termites are allowed to stay in the home, the more difficult it becomes to get rid of them. That is why it is so important to report any signs of termite infestation to a termite control company.
Watch this video to see how the termite inspection process works. Learn to recognize the signs of both dry wood and subterranean termites, including wood that is peeling and looks rotten. You’ll also see how a home is sealed for eradication.
Don’t let termites ruin your biggest investment. If you suspect termites are in your home, call Pacific Coast Termite. We offer termite inspections and green termite control that is safe for your family and the environment. Schedule an appointment today by calling (714) 881-1413.
Last updated 25 days ago
Termites are a common cause of structural damage to U.S. homes, causing billions of dollars in control and damage each year. Even if your home is not primarily constructed from wood, termites can infest and destroy plaster, metal, and many other building materials in search of the wooden components inside your home. If you do spot signs of a termite colony inside your home, call an experienced termite control company for an inspection as soon as possible.
Maintain Your Yard
Termites are attracted to wood as a ready food source. If you live in a heavily wooded area, it’s important to maintain your trees and remove deadwood and other wood debris on a regular basis. If you discover signs of a termite infestation in trees on your property, have it handled immediately to prevent the spread of insects to your home. Avoid stacking firewood or other wooden debris against the side of your home, as this serves as an invitation to allow termites to find ways into your home.
Pre-Treat When Possible
If you are building a new home or renovating part of your existing home, consider pre-treatment to prevent infestations from taking hold. Both soil and wood can be pre-treated against insects via the application of a termiticide to the materials used in your home, as well as the surrounding land. Pre-treatment products create a barrier around your home that termites will not cross, which will keep termites from entering and colonizing your home.
Eliminate Standing Water
Termites need water to survive, so eliminating sources of moisture and standing water from your property will make your home less attractive for colonization. Address any leaks immediately and clean your gutters regularly to remove debris and prevent water from pooling around your foundation. Check your attic and basement regularly as well for signs of flooding or leaks.
Pacific Coast Termite has the answers to all of your termite prevention questions. We offer preventive treatments as well as pest extermination in Orange County, Santa Clara County, and Alameda County. Click through our website or call (714) 881-1413 to learn more.
Last updated 1 month ago
Although less common than other species, drywood termites are of the most destructive types of termite. Damage caused by drywood termites costs homeowners nearly two billion dollars each year. Drywood termites are larger than most other termites. Winged swarmers have body colors ranging from light tan to dark brown, with clear or smoke-colored wings. Immature termites are smaller and lighter in color, ranging from white to beige, and have no wings. Drywood termites prefer to live in dry wood and slowly develop small colonies consisting of a few thousand termites. These termites can typically be found in attics and structural wood components. Drywood termites are often first identified by their droppings: small, solid pellets that build up just outside of small holes in infested wood. Most drywood termites swarm at night, but the dark western drywood termite often swarms during the day.
Could your home be victim to a drywood termite infestation? You can find out by calling Pacific Coast Termite at (714) 881-1413 to schedule a termite inspection in Orange County. We can work with you to develop an elimination plan. Click through our website for more information about identifying and eliminating termites.