WINGS NEAR THE WINDOW?
Termites are wood-destroying organisms that can be found flourishing in sub-tropical and tropical climates around the globe. Although there are many different species of organisms that destroy wood in Southern California (carpenter ants, powderpost beetles, dampwood termites, Formosan termites, and more), most homeowners become familiar with our two most common structural pests: drywood and subterranean termites. The species are nearly identical in appearance: body length of 1/2″ to 2/3″, beadlike antennae that are straight (not elbowed like a winged ant’s), and, on the swarming termites that fly the coop each year, two pairs of smoky, clear wings that are equal in length and width. These wings snap off easily and can often be found on window sills and near other natural light that are sources sought by swarming termites as they attempt to expand the colony. We provide termite control in San Diego County, Orange County, and Riverside County.
If you see a swarm of termites in late summer or autumn (between the months of September and November), you are probably hosting a mature colony of drywood termites.
If you see a swarm of termites in late winter or early spring (between the months of February and April), you are probably hosting a mature colony of subterranean termites.
The biggest threat to Southern Californian homeowners is not fire, flooding, earthquakes or other natural disasters. It’s termites. Yes, these little buggers are responsible for nearly five billion dollars of damage in the U.S. every year. In San Diego, Riverside and Orange counties, it’s estimated that between 60%-80% of all structures have at least one minor termite colony in it. Chew on that for a minute.
In Southern California, drywood termites are the most common home-destroying pest, but subterranean termites (Reticulitermes hesperus) can eat homes at almost 80 times the rate of their above-ground brethren. This intrepid productivity comes from the fact that most subterranean termites (or, “subs”) are part of the motivated “worker” caste – whereas drywoods have more division between the reproductive, warrior, and workers roles. And all these working subs have the same goal in their little bug brains: to eat your home.
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