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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