Termite FAQ

termites eating woodDid you know that termites never sleep?

Or that one colony has as many as 1,000,000 termites in it?

Learn more about termites and their habits with these termite frequently asked questions.

Termites are wood-destroying insects. Their presence dates back to the dinosaurs.

While they play an important role in nature, pest control experts estimate they cause $5 billion of property damage each year.

There are 3 kinds of termites in the United States: dampwood termites, drywood termites, and subterranean termites.

Dampwood termites usually live in heavily forested areas since they prefer damp or wet wood, whereas drywood termites prefer extremely dry wood.

Subterranean termites require moist environments and mainly live in the soil.

Depending on where you live, termite swarms may be visible in the early spring. Termites are often confused with flying ants.

Common signs of termite infestation include softwood in the home, mud tubes on the exterior of your home (often near the foundation), and darkening or blistering of wood structures.

Termites eat 24/7 so damage to wood structures like your home can happen very quickly.

The NPMA estimates that termites cause over $5 billion in property damage each year.

Bay Area homeowners are most likely to notice termites when they swarm in the early spring.

If you notice a termite swarm on or near your property, contact your local pest company immediately.

There are many steps a homeowner can take to help prevent termite infestations.

Most importantly, eliminate or reduce moisture in and around the home (termites need moisture to thrive).

Reduce humidity in crawl spaces with proper ventilation. Trim vines, hedges, and other vegetation to prevent them from blocking vents. And maintain an 18-inch gap between soil and any wood portions of your home.

Termites are not a pest that can be effectively treated by most homeowners.

Our licensed pest control technicians can recommend a termite control strategy depending on many factors, including the area of Northern California that you live in, the size of your infestation, the termite species present, and your home’s construction.

The most effective type of treatment depends on the severity of the infestation, the species of termite, and the location and construction of the home or business.

Call us at (707) 573-5899 so we can assess each infestation individually and recommend the most effective treatment plan.

We Care Pest Solutions has the training, expertise, and up-to-date technologies to properly exterminate termite infestations throughout the North Bay.

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