When you think of termites, you usually look downward and think of dirt. That’s because most of the problems homeowners have with this destructive pest are associated with subterranean termites that live and breed underground and infest structures from the soil below.
Did you know there is a termite that doesn’t like to get its antennae dirty, but still poses a threat to California homes?
Drywood termites live above ground in the exterior- facing wood in and around your home. They swarm on the exterior of a home on sunny fall days (September to November is prime swarmer season) after a spike in the thermometer following cooler temperatures.
How do drywood termites cause damage? They excavate a small tunnel into the wood, close it behind them, and create a hollowed-out chamber that depletes the structural integrity of the wood.
Drywood termites can stay dormant for extended periods of time (more than a year) and then re-emerge stronger and hungrier than ever. They also are creatures of habit and will re-infest the exact same location, causing further damage.
Four signs of drywood termites in a home:
Remember, if you suspect your home has a problem with drywood termites, call or text (800) WE-NEED-YOU (936-3339) or drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until next time I’m the Clark Man, and thanks for helping me keep unwanted pests out of your home.