From late summer to early fall in Southern California, local winged termites fly from their nests to mate and search for new nest sites and food sources. These insects emerge from cracks in buildings and holes in the soil through swarm holes made by the worker termites. Swarming is a natural part of the termite lifestyle, and it helps give a clear indication there is termite activity in or around your home.
Drywood termites go through three life stages, from egg, nymph, and to adult. Approximately every four years, three-fourths of the adults in an established colony grow wings and leave. Looking very much like winged ants, most termite swarms usually occur from dusk or during the night after a rainfall and can be spotted around light sources or illuminated windows. There are a few species that swarm during the day. Once a male and female termite mate and become a new royal couple, a new colony is formed.
When this phenomenon occurs around the foundation or inside your home, it’s a very good indication you have a termite infestation. Swarmers found outside near old wood, tree stumps or railroad ties may not be a clear indication you have a problem yet. You may not be able to distinguish on your own if these insects have invaded your home, so it’s a good idea to call a licensed inspector to inspect.
Drywood termites are subterranean, meaning they live in the ground and build mud tunnels inside your home and throughout the walls. Because they work from the inside out, they can cause extensive damage before you even take notice. In fact, you could have termites invading your home for several years before they are discovered. Termites prefer to devour the inside sections of the wood, leaving the harder shell that has a honey-comb layered hollow area. Often, they seem to appear overnight, causing damage to base and crown moldings and around electrical switches.
Fortunately, these termites are often treated with baits instead of tenting your home, and by using our least toxic methods of extermination, you can stay in your home while it is being treated. Derived from orange rinds, our products leave no toxic residue behind, reduces risks from chemical exposure and it works as well as other traditional treatment methods.
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