Homeowners have learned to keep an eye out for insects trying to get into their homes. One, in particular, is the termite. Yes, that wood-boring, 24/7 munching bug does reproduce in the spring. However, as fall comes around, termites start to build new colonies, and some continue expanding into the winter.
Stay abreast of the wily ways of your home-wrecking enemies and protect your Hayward property with a free termite inspection from Times Up Termite. Our licensed professionals show up and inspect every nook and cranny looking for entry points and possible infestations. We then create a customized plan to eradicate and keep those pests away from your home and your family.
Drywood vs. Subterranean Termites
In the United States, there are approximately 45 different kinds of species of termites. Most of us think of them as bugs in the ground that pop up to eat our homes. That is not the case for all of them. You may see other kinds, such as the drywood termite. Fall is the time you’ll see them swarm!
Learn how to spot the difference between the two main types of termites we see here. Here are some of the basics between drywood and subterranean termites:
- Drywood: It is possible to see winged swarmers during the summer and fall months in California. They shed their wings quickly after swarming, so if you see dead bugs without wings, they are likely to be of the drywood variety. These buggers love wood just like their subterranean cousins, but they will build their colony right inside the beam or log they are gnawing away at. Also, since they don’t need the same amount of moisture as others, you can find them eating away at your roof rafters in your attic space.
- Subterranean: Unlike their air loving counterparts, subterranean termites prefer to skulk about using mud tubes. Not only does it protect them from dehydration but also predators. They love to enter your home from below and start munching away, using your floor joists as an appetizer. When they swarm, generally in the spring, they do not lose their wings as quickly. Thus, if you find dead termites, you may see a mixture with and without wings.
Keep Termites Away All Year Long – Trust the Experts at times Up Termite
Without the right protection, you could potentially have these pests eating your home from top to bottom. The damage they cause is astronomical but can be mitigated when you start with a free termite inspection from Times Up Termite. Our team is highly trained to spot these bugs and get rid of them for you using many different options. One option is called Altriset, an eco-friendly, reduced-risk pesticide. It’s a great choice if you have children, pets, or pregnant moms at home. Talk to us to find out more – we’re happy to help!