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Identifying Termites

Identifying Termites

Identifying Termites in Los Angeles and Orange County

The Ultimate Guide to Termite Identification in Orange & Los Angeles Counties

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Termites are a significant problem in Orange County, infesting over 600,000 homes annually. With 28 species invading properties in the area, it’s crucial to identify these wood-eating pests. Our region’s high humidity, mild winters, and growing population create the perfect conditions for termites to thrive.
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Unfortunately, many struggle to spot termite infestations until too late. Ignoring the subtle signs allows termites to spread and cause even more damage. Termite infestations go undetected most of the time, resulting in a staggering $6 billion in damage to American properties yearly.
Don't take chances if you suspect a termite infestation on your property. Use the identification tools provided by Southern California Exterminators to confirm your suspicions and take action before it's too late. Protect your beloved space from the destructive power of termites.

Identifying Termites: A Guide for Homeowners and Businesses

Californian homes are susceptible to numerous termite species, but only two pose significant risks to people and properties. Subterranean and drywood termites are the most damaging types of termites in California.
Subterranean termites, known as ‘white ants,’ are prevalent in Orange, Los Angeles & Ventura Counties. They enter buildings from underground and establish large colonies that inflict substantial property damage. These termites are identifiable by their creamy white to dark brown color, long oval shape, and 1/8-inch size.
Drywood termites are another severe threat to Californian homes and businesses. These termites thrive in dry wood, such as attics, requiring minimal moisture. They have narrow exoskeletons, light brown color, and bodies ranging from 3/8 to 1 inch.
The damage caused by termites varies depending on the species. Subterranean termites cause extensive damage by consuming wood along the grain. Conversely, dry wood termites cause severe structural damage by tunneling through walls and ceilings. Both types of termites leave behind sawdust-like droppings, known as 'frass.'

Termites cause a wide range of damages, each with its own distinctive characteristics.

Termites can cause various types of damage, each unique to their species. Subterranean termites eat along the grain of wood, causing extensive damage. Drywood termites, on the other hand, tunnel through walls and ceilings, leading to severe structural damage. Both types of termites leave behind sawdust-like droppings known as 'frass.'
It can be challenging to identify a termite infestation without direct contact. However, you can look out for the following signs to determine if an infestation is present:
  1. 1/4-inch holes in wood: Termites create minor entry points as they tunnel through wood, usually accompanied by frass underneath the holes.
  2. Mud tunnels: Subterranean termites build mud-like tunnels to travel from their colonies to a food source. Keep an eye out for unusual mud structures near your homes exterior.
  3. Clicking noises: Both termites sound distinct clicking when disturbed. Pay attention to any unusual squeaking or chirping sounds within your walls, ceilings, or floors.

Trust The Southern California Exterminators to Detect Termites in Your Orange & LA County Home

With extensive experience inspecting homes and businesses for termites, we are committed to quickly detecting issues before they arise. Rest assured, our trusted professionals have been serving the Orange and Los Angeles County area for over four decades, ensuring a job well done from the start.
Schedule a thorough termite inspection for your property today. Contact us at your convenience for a complimentary estimate of your termite identification requirements. We eagerly anticipate speaking with you soon.

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