All Los Angeles homeowners should be concerned with potential damage to their home from a variety of sources: fire, wind, mudslides, rain, and pests. Out of all of these, pests, especially termites, are the top threat for homeowners when it comes to protecting their property.
According to the National Pest Management Association, termites are responsible for more than $5 billion in household damages throughout the country. This is more than damages from severe weather, fires, and floods combined. While Mother Nature is unpredictable, protecting your home against termites is not, with the proper termite control in Los Angeles.
No one should be under the impression their home is safe from termites. In Southern California, it is not a matter of if, but when, termites will reach your home and establish colonies. Maintaining a schedule of regular termite inspections in Los Angeles ensures your home is properly protected and deters termites from deciding to make your home their next all-you-care-to-eat buffet.
Why you need a termite company in Los Angeles to inspect your home
There are a few signs your home may have become infested with termites you can check for on your own. While these are simple inspections you do yourself, it is impossible to check every single location within the home without professional assistance. Termite companies in Los Angeles utilize special equipment to inspect homes thoroughly, like behind drywall, attics, stairs and other hard to reach areas.
Since termites tend to eat wood from the inside out, knock on wooden structures and, if it sounds hollow, it could indicate the presence of termites. Look for cracks around the exterior of the home, and other openings where termites could gain entry, especially under the crawlspace and foundation of the home. Seal any openings and cracks with appropriate products.
If you notice swarms of flying insects that look like ants, they might be termites. Termites have wings during breeding season when they are establishing new colonies. In addition, groups of discarded wings around your property could indicate that termites have established a colony.
Any cracked, chipped, or peeling paint on the interior or the exterior of the home might indicate recent termite activity. As termites eat the wood from the inside out, the wood begins to cup, and the paint pulls away from the smooth exterior of the wood.
Another sign of potential termite infestation is that of mud tubes on exterior surfaces of the home. These are similar looking to those built by wasps. If you find any mud tubes, make sure they are not wasps’ nests, remove them from the home, and then schedule a termite inspection in Los Angeles for your home.
The best protection for your home against termites is treating the home for termites before they establish colonies. Termite control in Los Angeles includes a variety of products that not only deters termites, but which also kills them. Call us today at 1-800-PACIFIC (1-800-722-4342) to schedule your free home inspection.