Across the United States, termites cause millions of dollars in damage to building structures. Unlike the funny termite characters in a cartoon show, termites are equal opportunity wood chewers! One type of termite called the drywood termite not only loves to make their home out of your home, they will even take up residence in a favorite piece of furniture.
Once you understand some facts about these wood-destroying pests, you can be aware of what to look for, and when it is time to call for termite control in your Fremont home. Our licensed professionals at Times Up Termite, Inc. can inspect your home, assess the damage, and tailor a termite treatment service for your home to minimize the damage these fast and furious pests can cause.
10 Facts about Drywood Termites
- They can live, feed and nest in wood with very low moisture content that is non-decayed.
- They do not need soil to live, so they can even infest your favorite wooden furniture and destroy it.
- They are found, not only in California, but also along the southern portion of the United States.
- The male and female drywood termites work as a pair to drill into their wooden home of choice, seal the opening with a plug, and begin breeding their colony.
- The whole colony can include up to 10,000 termites, all from a single pair, and there is no distinctive worker class.
- When it’s time to reproduce, also called swarming, nymphs will drill through the wood to get out. When swarming is done, the new holes will be plugged.
- Swarming flights typically occur from April through July, but can also take place during other times of the year, especially after a rainfall.
- Damage to the wood cuts across the grain of the wood. Large channels are excavated and connected by tunnels.
- Drywood termites are tidy. Their chambers and tunnels are kept clean by storing debris in unused chambers or pushed out through tiny openings in the wood.
- Their excreta pellets, also call frass, are entirely different from their subterranean cousins. The pellets are hard and comprise of six distinct concave surfaces. The ends are round.
When to Call for Termite Control in Fremont
When you know your microscopic enemy, you can be better prepared for the battle. Ignoring possible infestation does not mean that your unwanted visitors will go away. If you notice any of the following signs, call for a complimentary termite inspection from Times Up Termite, Inc.:
- Frass (droppings) near wooden portions of your home and furniture.
- Swarming evidence left in windows. This can include wings.
- Hollowed or damaged wood. This can include your furnishings.
- Blistering in your wood flooring.
Termite Control in Fremont by A Company You Can Trust
Since 1991, the professionals at Times Up Termite, Inc. have helped homeowners across Fremont get rid of unwanted and damaging pests and protect their investment.
Give us a call at 510-568-7200 to speak with our team of experts at Times Up Termite, Inc. You can also contact us online to request a free termite inspection.