The subterranean termite is one of the most prevalent and destructive types of termites in California. Western subterranean termites, scientifically known as Reticulitermes hesperus, are one of the most common genera of subterranean termites in the sunny state, especially in areas like San Clemente. 

While subterranean termites are known for their underground behaviors, they also wreak havoc in homes and properties above ground. Subterranean termites nest underground due to their affinity for moisture, but their foragers travel above ground in order to find their primary food source, cellulose. As termites consume cellulose inside of wood, they cause danger and costly structural damage.

Subterranean termites can forage year-round, constructing upward mud tubes with soil and termite saliva and excrement. These mud tubes are a major sign to call an exterminator immediately. 

Subterranean Termite Foragers And Swarmers

Natural Science Exterminating was called to treat a rental property in San Clemente where mud tubes emerged from beneath the kitchen floor, up along the wall. As foragers traversed the walls and surfaces, swarmers filled the room.

Swarmers are members of a termite colony, most of which are winged and reproductive. This poses two distinct challenges. Winged swarmers, with their ability to fly, exhibit widespread activity that is significantly challenging to localize and treat with spot treatment. Their reproductive nature poses the threat of potential colony expansion—the greater the colony size, the greater their potential to cause further damage.

When Is Tent Fumigation Necessary?

Natural Science Exterminating considers tent fumigation as a last resort, prioritizing natural solutions and spot treatments whenever effective. That said, the goal of extermination is to remove the colony in its entirety, leaving no possibility for survival and repopulation—and in some cases, tent fumigation is the only viable method to do that

We typically treat subterranean termites with specialized methods that directly treat the soil and foundation where the termites are nested. Tent fumigation is typically not performed to treat subterranean termites, as this method does not directly treat the infested soil or foundation.

However, the subterranean termites of this San Clemente property had escalated beyond subterranean realms. The terrible abundance of foragers and swarmers above ground caused extensive damage far beyond their subterranean nests, exceeding the scope of what would be effective with localized spot treatment.

We performed tent fumigation to remove the termites, reaching every nook and cranny. We also performed wood repair, restoring the damaged structures.

We are proud to share that our solution of tent fumigation and wood repair was a superb success. However, it is possible that the conditions that led to tent fumigation could have been avoided had preventative measures been taken.

Protect Your Property From Termites

Termite prevention is crucial for properties of all types. 

Rental properties present unique pest control challenges because it is the residents, not the property owners, who live there. Property owners and management are typically not privy to immediate knowledge of damage, unless it is noticed and reported by residents. However, residents themselves are not experts trained in pest inspection. Moreover, even if residents do notice signs, there is always the possibility they will simply choose to ignore or overlook the signs until serious disruptions or inconveniences arise, at which point natural pest solutions or spot treatments may no longer be sufficient methods of removal.

Instead of relying on residents to notice and report signs of infestation, property owners and managers are advised to proactively schedule regular pest inspections with a licensed exterminator.

Get started on pest management today with a free assessment from Natural Science Exterminating.

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