Protect Your Deck From Termite Damage

Summer is a beautiful time of year to create memories with family and friends. The backyard is the ultimate outdoor space to cook, dine, party, and lounge—all in the customized comfort of your own home!

The Value of A Deck

Even the most nature-loving person will admit that nature has nuisances that come with its perks.

Your backyard as nature would have it may not be the most comfortable place to seat oneself or multiple people. A deck can transform your backyard from just a simple piece of land into a truly functional and comfortable outdoor extension of your living room, dining room, and kitchen. Home exterior projects are reported to “have the greatest return on investment (ROI). A new wood deck has an average cost of $17,000 with a 66% ROI and a composite deck averages around $22,500 and has a 63% ROI.” 

The numbers prove that a deck is a worthwhile investment for the ROI alone—and that is before including the priceless value of the joy and relaxation that an outdoor living space provides. But the most common materials for decks, lumber and wood composite, happen to be what termites feed on. Termites feed on wood cellulose, causing billions of dollars of property damage every year across the United States. A deck constructed of wood that has not been professionally treated and protected from termites is essentially a buffet for colonies who are eagerly hungry to infest.

Protect Your Wood Deck

Termite damage equates to financial damage. Furthermore, a deck that has been damaged by termites has been weakened and is therefore structurally dangerous.

Celebrity actress Jamie Chung lived in her mid-century Los Angeles home for nine years before discovering that her deck was “totally termite infested”. What was initially planned to be a refinishing of her old deck during a backyard renovation led to the shocking discovery that the wood decking had never been treated to prevent termite damage. Chung’s deck had to be rebuilt entirely.

The good news is that decks can be protected from termite damage by professional treatments that are specifically designed to prevent termites, fungi, and rot. BoraCare is a salt-based solution that Orange County pest control professionals apply directly to exposed wood during the refinishing of an existing deck or the building of a new deck, lasting the life of the wood to prevent the wood from being eaten by termites.

A little bit of wear and tear is completely understandable for any deck, but it is also what termite damage is often mistaken for. Most homeowners are unaware of the treatment and care that are required for wood decking, so it is highly recommended to book professional termite inspections to detect potential infestations as soon as possible.

Termite treatments for wood repair, refinishing, or construction are often beyond the scope of standard home and deck renovations. It is best to call us to treat the wood during the refinishing of an existing deck or the construction of a new deck. If you have any questions about protecting wood decking from termites, you can call us to speak with a licensed pest control professional today. 

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Drywood Termite Extermination In Swarming Season

As the seasons change, it is important to understand how the weather will impact your home. Seasonal changes affect the behaviors of plants and animals in the ecosystem. Changes in moisture and humidity are weather conditions to look out for. 

Keep in mind that your home can be susceptible to pest infestation and damage at any time of the year. Certain months are hotter and more humid than the rest of the year, which will affect the behaviors of different species of pests differently. Several signs of pests may become more apparent in the spring, summer, and fall in certain areas of the United States like California.

Termites feed on wood and cellulose-based materials, a behavior so problematic to homeowners that it causes billions of damage per year across the country. The presence of termites is a real threat to the structural integrity of your home. 

It is important not to mistake termites, which are far more than a nuisance, for other insects that are common in the spring and summer, like mosquitos and fruit flies. Hot and humid weather causes drywood termites to swarm.

You’ve probably heard of the phrase “like a moth to a flame”, given that insects tend to be drawn to light. Termites tend to gather on windows because they are attracted to light. Your windows may appear to accumulate what appears to be dirt. This is more than likely an accumulation of dead termites or termite droppings, which are an immediate cause for concern that there is possibly an entire colony hiding out of plain sight. Small holes or bubbles in walls are signs that termites are causing serious damage and must be exterminated immediately. 

Even as swarming subsides as the colony may have decreased in size throughout the season, the colony will ramp up breeding in order to replenish its numbers. As soon as the eggs hatch, the colony will be back in full force. 

The best way to address swarming is to hire professional pest control services for regular inspections and exterminations at the earliest sign. There are dozens of species of termites across the United States, each with unique behaviors, characteristics, and preferences for weather conditions.

We treat homes with the method that will be the most effective given the severity of your home’s particular infestation. Either a natural or traditional chemical solution will be used to exterminate, depending on the nature of the infestation. Natural Science Exterminating prioritizes natural and localized treatments whenever possible. Orange oil is a plant-based, organic method that dissolves the exoskeletons of termites, killing them upon contact. As a last resort, tent fumigation ensures that hard-to-reach areas are treated with termiticide. 

Exterminating will kill the existing colony and its eggs. However, a new colony may enter the home, especially upon the next swarming season, unless the wood has been preventatively treated. We use the industry gold standard, Bora-Care, a borate salt solution that penetrates wood and prevents it from becoming a food source.  

If you have any questions about termite treatment in California during swarming season, do not hesitate to call us to speak to our pest control professionals. We safely and effectively treat all types of termites so that you can live in your home with peace of mind.

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San Juan Capistrano Condo Pest Control Success Story

There’s a saying that goes: “when it rains, it pours.” Unfortunately, a property that has never been professionally treated before with pest control solutions is vulnerable to infestations, making it possible for more than one species to invade your property. 

We’re proud to share one such case of a success story of the extermination of several kinds of pests. 

Pest problems usually come as shocking discoveries to property owners. We’re ready to tackle almost any pest problem and get the job done, no matter how gnarly the situation may appear.

Our team at Natural Science Exterminating received a call from a condominium owner in San Juan Capistrano who was stunned to discover that their property was infested with rodents, roaches, and termites—right in the midst of remodeling!

Remodeling happens to be the perfect time to implement pest control solutions. Click here to learn why.

Rodent Extermination

Equipped with a keen sense of hearing, rodents can quickly make their presence unknown as soon as humans approach. However, some rodents aren’t concerned with hiding—they’ll engage in aggressive, confrontational standoffs, which can be highly dangerous. Rodents can infect humans with rabies, fleas, hantavirus, typhoid, and more through direct contact or food contamination.

In the search for food and shelter, rodents enter properties through the smallest of crevices. These entry holes must be professionally sealed to prevent them from entering. Rodent removal requires setting traps in already infested areas, and installing bait stations outside the property to lure them away entirely. 

Cockroach Extermination

​​Cockroaches love the spring and fall, as well as any environment abundant in moisture and decay. Roaches invade homes in search of food and damp spaces to lay their eggs. Cockroach reproduction must be professionally treated with growth regulators so that their eggs don’t hatch. Many property owners make the mistake of only treating the visible adult cockroaches, unaware of the new batch that is soon to emerge from their offspring. 

Termite Removal

Termites cause billions of dollars of damage every year across the United States by consuming just one type of material: cellulose. Wood and wood-based materials make up some structural component of almost every property. 

Tent fumigation (tenting a property and releasing gaseous termiticide within) is considered the most absolute method, as it affects the entire home and all of its nooks and crannies. 

However, our client’s termite infestation could not be treated with tent fumigation because the property was not a detached unit, but rather a condominium with shared walls.

Spot treatment is a localized solution that does not require tenting. Moreover, tent fumigation is an entirely chemical solution, whereas natural solutions, such as orange oil, are available for spot treatment. Following spot treatment, we pest-proofed the property by applying Bora-Care to the exposed wood. Bora-Care contains borate mineral salt and lasts the life of the wood, preventing it from becoming a food source. 

Remodels are the perfect window of opportunity to spot treat and apply Bora-Care, as the exposed wood is made physically accessible. 

Following our comprehensive treatment of rodents, cockroaches, and termites at this condominium, the owner was so impressed and pleased with our work that they decided to invest in an annual pest control contract to ensure that their property remains beautiful, safe, and pest-free all year round. 

Natural Science Exterminating is a family-owned business in Orange County with decades of pest control experience. We offer both natural and traditional treatments to rats, mice, termites, cockroaches, ants, spiders, wasps, bees, and other pests. 

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Comprehensive Termite Treatments To Protect Your Home & Family

If your home has a termite infestation, understand that time is of the essence. Termites are one of the most destructive household pests, because they can cause structural damage to your property by munching away at anything made of wood. These insects live in discrete colonies, which cause billions of dollars worth of damage to homes across the United States each year.

The Truth About Termite Infestations

It is important for homeowners to be educated on termite treatment methods, given that many over-the-counter options promise tempting quick fixes. These at-home solutions may initially seem effective, but actually do little to truly eradicate the colony, most of which is hiding out of plain sight. 

The promises of household insecticides do not tell the full story of what it really takes to remove and prevent termites. Comprehensive pest control management requires professional expertise, equipment, and experience, which will ultimately save you time and money in the long term.

Termites come in different types—drywood, dampwood, and subterranean, to name a few—and each type requires different methods.

Inspecting, removing, and preventing pests is all about fighting the perfect storm, which may involve natural treatment, chemical treatment, tent fumigation, spot treatment, and soil treatment. 

How Essential Oils Kill Termites 

Orange oil is one of the most popular organic termite solutions—its active ingredient, d-limonene, dissolves the exoskeleton and eggs of the insect upon contact. Plant-based treatments are eco-friendly and can be highly effective for localized treatments of drywood termites, however they may not be powerful enough to fight an infestation throughout the entire home. 

How Tent Fumigation Works

Tent fumigation is the most thorough method of treating the entire home, which is why Natural Science Exterminating will only recommend it when localized treatments or natural treatments are not an option. Your home will be encased within a tent to fill every nook and cranny with a gas that will kill even the most well-hidden termites.

Plants, food, animals, and humans will need to be vacated from the property for a designated waiting period during and after the treatment. 

How Bora-Care Prevents Termites

Tent fumigation alone will not prevent termites from re-entering the home. Therefore, Bora-Care is recommended alongside tent fumigation to prevent termites from targeting the wood as a food source.

Bora-Care termiticide is an odorless, low-toxicity treatment that is a highly trusted pest control solution. Bora-Care contains borate mineral salt and penetrates the wood to last the lifetime of the wood. Bora-Care should be applied during pre-construction or when carpentry services are performed to repair or replace wood that has been damaged by termites.

How Subterranean Colonies Are Killed

Tent fumigation and orange oil are effective on termites above ground, but these solutions alone are usually not effective on subterranean termites, which require specialized treatments for the termites underneath the home and in the soil.

Soil treatments involve injecting the soil with liquid insecticide, which is best performed by an exterminator who is qualified to treat the soil without causing contamination to various vents, ducts, and openings.

Subterranean termites infest the foundation of the home. Drilling into the concrete or wood of the foundation may be required to treat subterranean termites. 

If you have a pest problem, do not hesitate to call us to speak to our Orange County pest control professionals. We safely and effectively treat even the most difficult types of termites so that you can live in your home with peace of mind.

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Pest Control For Stubborn Subterranean Termites

If you are wondering how termites got into your home, do not be quick to agonize or blame yourself. There is no need to cry over spilled milk. In many parts of the United States, pests are naturally occurring household problems due to environmental factors. The good news is that pests can be detected or even prevented through professional pest control and management. Homeowners should educate themselves on the cause of termite infestations and schedule regular professional inspections and treatments to protect their homes from pest damage.

California’s climate and biodiversity makes it a perfect host for pests of all kinds. Termites love moisture and cellulose; these pests cause billions of dollars worth of damage across the United States every year. Subterranean termites are possibly the most destructive type of termites, as they cause damage to the foundation of your home. Termites do not eat metal or concrete, but they are small enough to travel through small cracks of almost anything. Subterranean termites are unique in that they emerge from the soil underneath and surrounding your home, traveling through mud tubes as passages around obstacles in order to reach wood structures. Their swarming nature makes it possible for termite colonies to be nested hundreds of feet beyond the perimeter of your house. Some colonies may originate from another house and travel throughout your neighborhood, which is why annual inspections are highly recommended to detect new colonies. 

Subterranean Termites Require Specialized Treatments

Pest control should be part of your regular home maintenance. Extermination of all kinds of pests should be left in the hands of trained professionals, but especially for subterranean termites.

Subterranean termites can be more difficult to treat than dampwood or drywood types, due to their nests being underneath the home and in the soil. Tent fumigation involves tightly containing the air in your home through tenting and releasing a gas inside to kill the pests. Tenting is normally used to treat drywood termites; it isn’t the most effective extermination method for subterranean termites, because it does not directly treat the soil where the subterranean termites are nested. Similarly, orange oil can be highly effective on drywood termites, but usually not on subterranean termites. 

Treating infested soil is most commonly treated with liquid insecticide, which can be safely injected by professionals. Orange County exterminators who specialize in subterranean termites must have specialized knowledge in order to treat the soil and foundation of the property without contaminating vents, ducts, pipes, or outlets.

In some cases, the foundation of the home will need to be drilled through in order to thoroughly apply the termiticide into the concrete or wood. It is possible that the foundation of the home will need to be replaced entirely, which is why pest control and carpentry services should be completed simultaneously to treat the new wood with termiticide prior to it being installed to replace the structures.

If you have a pest problem, do not hesitate to call us to speak to our pest control professionals. We safely and effectively treat even the most difficult types of termites so that you can live in your home with peace of mind.

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Avoid Making These Termite Treatment Mistakes!

Unfortunately many homeowners don’t know the safest and most effective ways to prevent termites from their homes. There are many mistakes that homeowners make because they do not know what signs to look out for and what they should do when they suspect a termite infestation. Homeowners can save money and protect their precious homes by avoiding several mistakes.

Mistake: Skipping Termite Inspections

Termite prevention isn’t exactly a one-and-done treatment. The best way to prevent termites is with annual inspections. Just like regular checkups for your physical health, prevention is the best line of defense. 

Mistake: Skipping Pre-Treating Wood During Construction

As the real estate market booms, demand grows for custom-built homes. Some buyers are buying property in its construction state. During the construction stage, the wood foundations and structures can be treated to prevent termites for the life of the wood. Many home buyers make the mistake of skipping this treatment to save money, only to later experience a termite infestation that requires costly and extensive treatment. 

Mistake: Leaving Mulch And Firewood Close To The House

Termites feed on wood and wood-based materials. Leaving mulch or firewood close to the home is like leaving their favorite food close to your home; it draws them to your property and increases the likelihood of an infestation.

Mistake: Attempting To Do It Yourself Instead Of Hiring Professional Exterminators

Every homeowner wants to save money, and some will attempt to treat the infestation by themselves. However, most do not know the proper method to inspect and exterminate termites. DIY treatments may give you the illusion that you have killed the termites, when in reality, you haven’t killed the entire colony and now they are free to reproduce and spread, unbeknownst to you; this only worsens the situation.

Mistake: Skipping Bora-Care

The best exterminator will try to prioritize spot treatment and natural treatment whenever possible. However, the best exterminators will also let homeowners know when an infestation is so severe that it requires tent fumigation or traditional termiticide. Tent fumigation without Bora-Care will remove the termites, but won’t prevent them from coming back. Bora-Care is the industry gold standard for a reason: it removes the termites and keeps them away. 

Mistake: Using Orange Oil On Subterranean Termites

Orange oil works well to kill dry wood termites but not subterranean termites. Orange oil disintegrates the exoskeleton of the insect. Some termite invasions are so widespread that orange oil will not be effective enough. Orange oil is a practical treatment method for localized dry wood termites, but tent fumigation can assure total termite removal of the entire colony from the entire property. Tent fumigation and Bora-Care are often necessary to kill the termites and prevent them from coming back.

Natural Science Exterminating prioritizes spot treatment and organic treatment over tent fumigation and traditional chemicals whenever possible. However, we will always recommend the best approach for your unique situation. Instead of making costly termite treatment mistakes, you can count us to exterminate your home safely and effectively.

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Why You Should Treat Your Home With Bora-Care During Construction

Are you thinking of buying a newly-built or custom-built home? Prospective home buyers should know that homeownership is a heavy responsibility, both financially and physically. 

Pest control and maintenance can be some of the most significant expenditures for home maintenance. In addition to the physical damage, termites also cause financial damage, being one of the most prevalent pests in the United States. Termites accumulate more than $5 billion in property damage every single year across the country. A colony of termites in your home could cause massive and widespread physical damage. These pests feed on anything that has wood cellulose, which includes wall studs, posts, and beams. In severe cases where termites go unnoticed for more extended periods, these pests make the home an unlivable and unsafe space, posing danger and potential health risks. 

When it comes to treating termite infestations, homeowners face two expenses. One expense is hiring pest control experts to use professional methods to exterminate the termites. The second expense is repairing the physical damage to the home.

Proactive termite prevention can help homeowners save money in the long run. By preventing the risk of a termite infestation, homeowners are less likely to have to worry about extermination and repair after the fact. Bora-Care, a salt-based solution that works on any exposed wood, including foundations, basement, or attics, is one of the most efficient solutions to protect your home against termite attacks. 

What is Bora-Care?

Bora-Care contains borate mineral salt, an active ingredient, that penetrates the wood and lasts the lifetime of the wood. Bora-Care works by preventing the wood from being a food source, rather than other methods that involve treating the soil. Many home builders have adopted the treatment since the construction stage is the only time where all of the wood is accessible. If you are buying a newly-built or custom-built home, consider hiring professionals to treat the wood with Bora-Care while the house is in the construction stage. 

Preventative treatments are a great investment, saving money from having to exterminate your entire house if an infestation were to occur after the construction. Natural Science Exterminating uses Bora-Care to pre-treat the wood during the “dried-in” stage of construction, when the exterior walls, studs, roof, sheathing elements are in place, but before the interior wall coverings and insulation are installed. 

Natural Science Exterminating tries to spot treat or use organic treatments like orange oil whenever effectively possible. However, the most severe cases of termite infestation require the entire home to be fumigated. The cost and stress of exterminating can be avoided if you have the home treated properly during construction. Some of the homes we have treated are still free of any signs of termites 10 years later! 

If you notice a termite attack in your home, do not hesitate to call our professional exterminators. We work with the construction team of your home to ensure that Bora-Care is applied correctly so that you can move into your new home with peace of mind.

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Traditional Chemicals vs Natural Termite Treatment

Chances are that you failed to notice the first attack of small insects inside of your home. They usually appear in the spring season and crawl through crevices and openings while leaving behind their discarded wings. As time goes on, termites can cause serious destruction to your property and the damage may be financially burdensome. Therefore, it is necessary to be informed about termites and what to do upon their infestation.

What type of damage do termites cause?

If termite infestation is left unnoticed or untreated, it can pose serious damage to your house. Certain types of termites need more moisture; therefore, they prefer to stay close to the soil. They usually start eating away at foundational wood; these areas will need to be repaired or replaced entirely. In addition, they can attack the attic, wood inside drywall, and wood around windows and doors as well. Termites will eat away at any wood or cellulose material. There is nothing more upsetting than finding damage to your house. Like any big problem, the sooner termite damage is caught, the easier it is to remedy.

Do-it-yourself (DIY) extermination: is it effective?

In today’s digital world, many people turn to the internet to search for DIY tutorials. Some may even stumble upon and attempt a DIY termite treatment. But these creatures are not that easy to eliminate from your home. Experts reveal that termites cause almost $5 billion property damage in the United States annually; the most troublesome fact is that this cost is not covered by insurance plans. These DIY procedures are not always safe and effective against termites as most of them involve use of chemicals, poisons, and baits that can be misused if applied without experience. This can be highly dangerous if you have children or pets at home. An inexperienced or unqualified person wouldn’t know exactly how to apply these solutions safely and effectively. Therefore, instead of following DIY methods from tutorials on the internet, it is better to hire professionals for termite extermination.
Natural Science Exterminating has over 35 years of experience in termite and pest control. We use proven and effective treatments such as Bora-Care® and naturally-derived orange oil, with tent fumigation as the last resort.

Bora-Care® termiticide: a proven industry solution

Bora-Care® Termiticide is one of the most trusted and long-term effective solutions for eliminating termites. This treatment can be used for interiors and exteriors to get rid of termites fast. This product is odorless and promises low-toxicity treatment. As it is an EPA-registered solution, you can trust it to protect all types of wood at your home. It does not just stop termites; rather at the same time, it can treat other insects and pests. It can also destroy any existing decay fungi in your premises to protect against reinfestation. This is why Natural Science Exterminating uses Bora-Care® for natural and untreated wood.

Orange oil: incredible benefits of this natural treatment

Essential oils are derived from plants and they are available with different potencies; orange oil is one of the most commonly used organic solutions for treatment extermination. D-limonene is an active ingredient of orange oil and it kills termites in direct contact by breaking down their exoskeleton. At the same time, these oils also destroy their eggs so that new generations cannot attack your home again. As an alternative to traditional extermination methods, this organic and eco-friendly solution is widely recommended for termite treatment. It is effective against drywood termites, wood-boring beetles and carpenter ants. The only downside to Orange oil and eco-friendly treatments is that they can require multiple treatments to eradicate the entire infestation compared to traditional treatments that rarely require followup applications.

Both traditional termite removal methods and natural treatments are effective at stopping termite damage before it spreads but it takes an expert to identify the best solution. Before tenting your house, call Natural Science Exterminating and one of our trained inspectors can give you a free assessment of all the possible options. We only use termite tenting as a last resort. 

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