It’s termite season in Orange County and termites are on the move. If you spot termite droppings in a home, it’s time to have a termite inspection done by an expert! Termites can cause wood rot which will lead to structural wood damage that could be costly to repair. Contact us today for more information about how we can help protect your home from termites!
The wood-destroying termite is one of the most destructive pests to structures in California. Termites cause structural and economic damage by chewing wood with a hydrochloric acid that they produce from their stomachs, which softens or disintegrates wood fibers. They can infest homes at any stage in their life cycle; however, building wood frame structures make them a more common problem.
– Termites are most active at night and will tunnel through wood from the ground to the wood of structures, which is why it’s important to inspect for signs of an infestation such as wood that appears wet or soft with fecal pellets on its surface. They may also cause a musty odor inside wood.
– Termites will eat wood until it is completely consumed and may undermine the building structure, making it unsafe to occupy the property. They can also cause structural wood treatments such as synthetic stucco or wood siding to crack and crumble on exterior surfaces of structures. If you suspect that your house has a termite infestation, contact a pest control professional to schedule an inspection.
– If you have wood in your home that is exposed to the elements, make sure it’s in good condition and not susceptible to termite infestation by following these guidelines: – Do not store wood near moisture or standing water such as under sinks or outside porches; – Dispose of wood items outside, far from the home; – Paint wood surfaces that are exposed to wood treatments with a termite-proof paint or coating.
There is no “Off Season” for termites in California if you have not had a termite inspection in the last 5 years it is strongly recommended.