Where termites live inside California homes

drywood termites live under floor boards

All types of termite species can take up residence in numerous areas within your California home.

While the exterior foundations and wooden siding on the home are the most common locations to find termite infestations, they are not the only areas where there could be termite colonies within the home.

In addition to these locations, termites live in attics, crawlspaces, garages, sheds, workshops, hardwood flooring, subflooring, staircases, and solid wood kitchen cabinets.


Species of termites found in California

3 types of termite species

Termites are found all throughout California and are a risk for homeowners. The 3 different species of termites found in California include:

  1. Drywood termites (3/8 – 1 inch long)
  2. Dampwood termites (1/2 – 5/8 inch long)
  3. Subterranean termites (1/8 inch long)

California homes are prone to all 3 types of termites, with drywood and subterranean being the ones most commonly responsible for home damage. There are differences between each termite species.


Protecting your California home against unwanted pests

diagram of unwanted household pests

Your California home is a major investment you need to protect against unwanted pests. Every single year, pests such as rodents, termites, and ants get into homes throughout the state and cause damage. The extent of damages caused by pests depends upon the type of intruder and can quickly become a major headache.

The best way to avoid getting into this situation is to have your home inspected on an annual basis and treated, as needed, by our professional termite and pest service in California, to keep unwanted pests from getting inside your home and setting up residence.


Termite prevention during new home construction in California

termite prevention using bora care pretreatment during new home construction

Pretreating wood and other constructions materials during new home construction in California helps prevent termite infestations later.

It is better to have your new home treated during the construction phase, rather than wait until after the home is completed.

Since the wood is already exposed and easily accessible before drywall, insulation, siding, and roofing are installed, all of the wood can be treated and protected against termites.


California homeowners should be concerned with these two issues

California homeowners should want to do these two things:

  1. How to improve the energy efficiency of their home to lower their heating and cooling bills
  2. How to prevent pests from getting into the home

One way to improve the home’s efficiency is by sealing air leaks and adding insulation to keep cooled or heated air in the home and prevent it from escaping.


Tips how to prevent termites in your California home

As a California homeowner, nothing is more frustrating than finding insects or other pests in your house. This is especially true for termites, which can cause serious damage to your home and lead to an unsafe structure and costly repairs.

Preventing termites is necessary so that you can have peace of mind knowing your home is safe. In fact, approximately $2 billion is spent each year in the United States to prevent infestations and treat for termites.

Preventing a termite infestation starts with the construction of your home, which is why it is smart to keep the following tips in mind:

  • Use a concrete foundation
  • Keep wooden parts of the foundation at least six inches from the soil
  • Leave ventilation between soil and wood

Proper prevention of termites is also necessary through routine maintenance. To keep termites away, make sure to properly clean your gutters and spouts so that your foundation and surrounding soil stay as dry as possible.

If you see mud tubes with small, creamy-white insects around your home, or find hollow spots in exposed wood, it is time to call a Pacific Coast Termite exterminator to treat your home for termites.

How termite colonies are established

termite colony

Termites live in a colony, just like ants, and have specific roles for helping to maintain the colony.

There is a queen and king, soldiers and workers, and alates (or winged termites).

A new termite colony is started when males and females leave their colony to mate. During the mating period, both males and females have wings and fly around in order to find a mate and a location to establish their new colony.


California homes are at risk for rodent infestations

California homes are at risk for rodents, such as mice and rats.

These pests can get into homes from small openings in crawl spaces, air vents, pipe openings, and small cracks. Further, rats chew through wood, concrete, and brick to make an opening into the home, while mice are able to fit in between gaps much smaller than their body to gain entry.

Both types of rodents tend to remain hidden as much as possible. This often makes it difficult to tell there is an infestation in the home.