What Kind of Termites do I have?
There are two kinds of termites to look for in southern California: Drywood Termites and Subterranean Termites. For a detailed description of these types of termites, check out our page on Termite Control. Here you will also find an excellent diagram to help you identify whether your unwelcome guests are ants or termites.
What is Swarming?
Swarming occurs annually as new adults leave to create new colonies. Most termite species swarm in late summer or fall, although spring swarms are not uncommon for subterranean and drywood termites. New kings and queens are winged during their early adult life but lose their wings after dispersing from their original colony. Termites cannot fly far and generally colonize near the original colony.
An infestation begins when a mated pair finds a suitable nesting site near or in wood and constructs a small chamber, which they enter and seal. Soon afterward, the female begins egg laying, and both the king and queen feed the young on predigested food until they are able to feed themselves. Most species of termites have microscopic, one-celled animals called protozoa within their intestines that help in converting wood (cellulose) into food for the colony.
My neighbors had their house tented; should I be concerned?
Without a thorough inspection, it is impossible to know if the termites at your neighbors' property have infested your home. We recommend an annual inspection even if you are not aware of any problems in your vicinity. A complete inspection for termites and possible problem areas is always free of charge. Termite damage can be a frightening concept, but isn't it better to know? Call us today for a complete inspection: 877-NO-BUGS-7.
Is tenting the only option?
No, tenting, or fumigation, is just one method available to eradicate the infestation. Fumigation is not necessarily the best option. At Cal Coast Termite & Pest, we rely on fumigation only when absolutely necessary. Fumigation requires the homeowner to be out of the home for three days and two nights and there is extensive preparation required to protect your furnishings and personal belongings. It is often better to do local treatment instead. This is just as effective in eradicating termites and often more cost effective as well. Only a thorough inspection can help you determine the best method for your situation. Call us now for a free inspection: 877-NO-BUGS-7.
I already know I have termites. Why can't you just tell me how much tenting will cost?
The cost for termite control varies according to many factors: the volume in cubic feet of your home, the degree of infestation, the type of termites involved, whether there is damaged wood that needs to be repaired, etc. We would not want to give a price without inspecting your situation. Tenting is not always the best option. Not only is it costly and inconvenient, there are times when it is not the best means to use to eradicate the problem. Call us and set up a free inspection and we will be able to discuss our findings and recommendations with you.
What signs should I be looking for that indicates a termite infestation?
There are many indications you may observe. Some of the most common are pellets, or fecal droppings, visible swarmers, pin holes in wood surfaces, mud tubes against siding, walls, or foundations, and areas of visible wood destruction. Once these signs are noted, do not delay! Call immediately to have a thorough inspection of your home, free of charge, which will include both our findings and recommendations to arrest the problem. Even if you do not observe any obvious signs, it is wise to have your home checked annually for termites and other wood destroying organisms. Call us now for a free inspection: 877-NO-BUGS-7.