Termites cause huge damage to your home and any other property they invade. What makes them so dangerous is the fact that they can remain undetected for several years before exhibiting any signs.
Once they’re finally detected, they may have already inflicted thousands of dollars worth of damage to your home or building. If you see signs of termites, it’s very important to have a professional inspect the property for termites and treat the area as soon as possible.
In Modesto and Northern California in general, we deal mostly with three types of termites:
- Western subterranean termites
Their names give you a pretty good description of their habitat and wood preferences.
Keep reading to learn more about each of these termite species…
Western subterranean termites
These termites live a few inches underground and they may have an orange colored head with large mandibles. They are a swarming termite which means you may find them flying around your home or property, usually in the spring following rain. They can resemble flying ants so you have to look closely to determine that it’s a termite.
This variety of termite
The highest risk areas for this breed are central and southern California, especially older areas like Sacramento, Fresno, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. These areas often have older homes which are vulnerable to these pests.
Note: Standard home insurance doesn’t cover termite damage to structure and timber. Repairing the damage from termites can be extremely expensive and require serious construction so we advise you get an inspection right away.
There are several stages of the western
Swarming: The swarming stage is where the
Soldier: The soldiers have larger heads that are reddish-brown with chomping mandibles. These hardened heads are almost like helmets that allow them to easily burrow through wood.
Workers: Worker drywood termites are also known as “false workers”. They’re actually nymphs which perform the role of the typical worker termite found in other species.
In California, these termites are common in oak trees, around river washes, canyons, cottonwood, sycamore, and downed trees. In urban areas, they’re commonly found in bushes including oleander, almond, apricot, avocado, and walnut among others.
Pacific dampwood termites
The pacific dampwood termite also contains three casts or stages including soldiers, nymphs, and reproductives. The winged reproductive termites can grow to an inch in length and rang from yellow-brown to a more cinnamon color. Soldiers can be recognized by their large chomping mandibles and nymphs are an off-white color.
You’ll typically find them anywhere there’s wood with lots of moisture. This includes downed trees, wood that’s in contact with soil, and under loose bark. They typically swarm when the weather is warmer and colonize quickly.
If you think you have termites of any kind, or you’re unsure, give us a call for an inspection.
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