Termite Identification Guide

What are termites?

In our area, there are three different species of wood-eating termites that home and property owners have to contend with: the drywood termite, dampwood termite, and the Eastern subterranean termite. The Eastern subterranean termite is a ground-nesting species, and one of the most common species found in the United States. They live together in large colonies and have a complex social structure. Subterranean termites nest under the ground, and enter into homes and wooden structures from the soil. The drywood termites live in much smaller colonies and work at a much slower rate than subterranean termites. They do not require contact with the soil to invade wooden structures. Drywood termites are extremely efficient, and leave almost nothing behind after they finish feeding on pieces of wood.

Are termites dangerous?

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Termites living outside in nature are considered to be beneficial. They are responsible for helping to speed up the process of breaking down decaying trees and other organic matter. Termites become problematic, however, when they find their way inside homes and other buildings to feed on structural wood. Termites enter silently into homes, and can work for months, or even years, before their damage is discovered. Termite damage in your home can become widespread and is costly to repair. Termite damage is not something that is typically covered by insurance companies because their damage is not something that happens overnight, and is often viewed as damages that could have been prevented with the proper care.

How do I get rid of termites?

If you find yourself with a termite infestation, the best step you can take is to contact a professional as soon as possible, like the termite control experts at Mendo Lake Termite Control! Doing so will save you from wasting time trying to handle your termite problem on your own as well as thousands of dollars in potential damage repairs. If you're interested in our termite control services or would like to schedule a termite inspection, reach out to us today to get started!

How can I prevent termites in the future?

In order to prevent termites from invading your property, you should inspect the foundation, exterior walls, and roofline of your building. Look for small holes, cracks or crevices, and seal all entry points found. Leave a stone barrier between the foundation of your property and any mulch or soil. Limit wood-to-soil contact on your property, and store firewood and scrap wood away from your home. Reduce moisture levels in your home by using dehumidifiers, fixing leaky pipes or fixtures, and removing any wood that has been damaged by water. Of course, the best way to prevent costly termite damage in or around your California property is to use a professional termite control service!

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