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     Termite Control

Types of Termites

There are three types of termites in Southern California:
          1.   Drywood Termite
          2.   Subterranean Termite
          3.   Dampwood Termite

 Of the three, Drywood and Subterranean are by far the most commonly seen. 

How To Spot Termites

Drywood Termites

Most people notice drywood termite swarmers, drywood termite pellets, or drywood termite damage as evidence of a termite infestation.

Swarmers have a red head, black body, and wings. Antennae are straight and the body is cigar shaped. Swarmers normally appear during the latter part of summer into the early part of fall.  The height of the season is usually during October when the Santa Ana winds are blowing.  They usually swarm around noon and are commonly found near sliding glass doors and windows because they are attracted to light.  The location of a swarmer rarely indicates the location of the termite infestation.

Pellets are small, bun shaped, and are the color of the wood that is being eaten by the termites. Pellets will either be in a cone-shaped pile or scattered if they are falling from a greater distance. 
  Pellets in cone-shaped pile
                   Pellets scattered

Drywood termite damage looks as if the wood has been sand blasted and there are pellets in the galleries.                                                                       

Subterranean Termites

Most people either notice subterranean termite swarmers, dirt shelter tubes, or wood damage as evidence of subterranean termites. 

Subterranean termite swarmers are slightly smaller than drywood termite swarmers. Their bodies are also cigar shaped, the head and body are black, their rear end curves up and they have wings. They swarm during the late winter into the early spring, and especially on warm days after it has rained.  Like drywood swarmers, they usually swarm around noon and towards the light.

Dirt shelter tubes can pop up from the floor around baseboards, the middle of the wall, or ceilings.   The dirt tubes are small and crusty when first observed.  Subterranean termites live in the ground.  They use dirt to form shelter tubes to come up into the structure to eat wood.  Subterranean termites require a moist environment to survive and the tubes help seal in moisture.  Tubes can be built throughout wall studs and go all the way up into second story ceilings.  Since this termite needs a lot of moisture to survive, they are commonly found around toilet or shower areas.

Subterranean termite damaged wood always has dirt mixed in with the wood.  Subterranean termites only eat the soft part of the wood in between the rings.
Dampwood Termites

Dampwood termites are rare in Southern California.   Irvine is the only city where I have encountered them. They are significantly larger than drywood and subterranean termite swarmers.  Their bodies can be up to one inch long and their wings can be up to two inches long.  Unlike drywood and subterranean termite swarmers, dampwood termites swarm at night.
In order to survive they must live in wood with a very high moisture content.  Below is a dampwood termite swarmer pictured above a one inch line to demonstrate its great size.


           Types of Properties We Service:

We inspect single-family homes, commercial buildings, businesses, HOA controlled condominium buildings, apartment buildings, and townhomes. We have a longstanding relationship with several HOA's in Orange County.

We inspect properties for real estate transactions that are in escrow.  We promptly send termite inspection reports and termite completions out to realtors, HOA's, homeowners, and escrow companies.   In most cases, termite inspections and completions are received the day after the property was inspected. 

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