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.
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.
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.
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 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.