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TERMITES – CHOMP, CHOMP, CHOMP

Chomp, chomp, chomp.  That’s the sound you won’t hear, but they will eat you out of house and home.  In California, it is estimated they are dining on one in every five homes.  They are responsible for an estimated 1 billion dollars damage each year, more damage than fire and storms combined. 

There are three types of termites:  drywood termites, dampwood termites, and subterranean termites.

In 1991 the Pest Control Operators of California issued a warning that a new breed of termite was on its way.  It is called the Formosan Termite.  It is ten times more destructive than native termites and can chew through metal, asphalt, and plaster.  It arrived in San Diego eight months later. 

Your home is one of your most important possessions. Keeping it in good condition requires care and attention. In order to preserve and increase its value and comfort, many homeowners invest a great deal of time, energy and capital in maintaining and improving their home’s interior and exterior. Termites have the capacity to spoil your investments and quickly ruin your home. 

Most homeowners are unaware of the devastation caused by termites until
the damage has already been done.

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In the event of a termite infestation, a professional pest management service should be contacted immediately. Our company will respond quickly and efficiently to assess the situation, eliminate the problem and protect your home. We will visit your home to give you a free consultation and estimate. Once a detailed inspection is performed, we will tell you the results and create a personalized treatment plan outlining detection, removal, and preventive services.

Our services are licensed, insured, and guaranteed.

Don't risk termite to damage your home. Contact our pest management company immediately if you suspect an infestation, or if you would like to schedule regular visits as a preventative measure. You and your home will be the better for it.

Contact American Pest Control at 619-668-4803 or use our email form and contact us today!                                                

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bonita Professional Plaza

 

 

TERMITES – CHOMP, CHOMP, CHOMP

 

Chomp, chomp, chomp.  That’s the sound you won’t hear, but they will eat you out of house and home.  In California, it is estimated they are dining on one in every five homes.  They are responsible for an estimated 1 billion dollars damage each year, more damage than fire and storms combined. 

 

There are three types of termites:  drywood termites, dampwood termites, and subterranean termites.

 

In 1991 the Pest Control Operators of California issued a warning that a new breed of termite was on its way.  It is called the Formosan Termite.  It is ten times more destructive than native termites and can chew through metal, asphalt, and plaster.  It arrived in San Diego eight months later. 

 

American Pest Control can rid your home of termites and stop them from doing more damage.  If you suspect an infestation, please call us for a free inspection and estimate. 

 

 

Types of Termites

 

Termite identification is necessary in order to provide the correct type of treatment.

 

Termites can be divided into two types, subterranean and non-subterranean termites.  Subterranean termites live entirely underground.  They look for food by random foraging.  Non-subterranean termites are inside the structure itself, feeding off and living inside wood members.  

 

Subterranean termites normally swarm in the spring, but may also swarm after a rain followed by a sunny day.  Drywood termites usually swarm between August to November.  They will also swarm during hot temperatures.  When termites swarm, it is to establish new colonies. 

 

Non-subterranean termites are dampwood and drywood termites.  Dampwood termites live in moist wood.  In San Diego, we usually find drywood termites. 

 

Treatment for Drywood Termites

 

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The drywood termite is a very serious pest, especially in Southern California.  You will know if you have drywood termites if you see small pellets, usually on windowsills, inside the garage, or in the attic.  Our inspector knows how and where to look to determine what type infestation you may have.  Drywood termites, as their name indicate, infest dry wood and do not require wood to soil contact.  A drywood termites lives in wood with a very low moisture level. 

 

A large swarm of drywood termites can devour one foot of wood in approximately four months.

 

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The treatment procedures for drywood termites are completely different than subterranean termites.  The correct identification of the termite is critical for the proper termite control method.  Our licensed termite inspector will complete a thorough inspection, determine the type termite that has invaded your structure, and advise on the best control methods. 

 

There are two types of treatment methods we recommend for drywood termites:  The fumigation and the localized (or spot) treatment. 

 

Fumigation

 

If the infestation is too extensive for a local treatment, then fumigation should be considered.  Fumigations will eradicate the entire drywood termite infestation.  The gas will be circulated throughout the structure and penetrate all walls into the wood members.  The gas will circulate into areas that are inaccessible to inspections that may harbor additional termite infestations.  Fumigation is not limited to termite infestations.  A structure can also be fumigated for severe pest and rodent infestations. 

 

 

Fumigation 101:  Everything I Need To Know About Fumigations (Almost)

 

You can expect a fumigation to last about 3 days.  Occasionally, arrangements can be made to have it “cleared” on the second day, or even extend into 4 days.  Weekends and holidays may also affect the time line.

 

There are preparations that you must make prior to fumigating.  All this will be discussed with you by our inspector and/or office. 

 

Day One:                                                   

 

  • Fans are installed inside the structure to circulate the gas.
  • The structure is covered with fumigation tarps.
  • Warning signs are posted on each corner, seam, and doorway.
  • Doors are secured, but some windows may be open
  • Chlorpicrin (a tear gas/warning agent) and Vikane gas is released inside the structure.

 

Day Two:

 

  • The fumigation tarp is opened for ventilation.
  • Signs are posted on all windows and doorways.
  • The gas is aired out with the help of fans.
  • Doors are secured, but some windows may be left open.

 

Day Three:

 

  • The tarp is removed.
  • The structure is checked to assure that there are no pockets of gas remaining.
  • Doors are secured.
  • A sign is posted that “clears” the structure for re-entry.
  • You are now “cleared” to re-enter the structure.

 

 

For more information about fumigations, please visit the following video:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zk_0WrcAyh0

 

 

Whether your fumigation needs are small, like the below San Diego Port District Friendship Bell, or large, like the Cal State University, Bakersfield fumigation, and the Los Angeles AFB building completed by a “tape and seal” method, also below, American Pest Control can satisfy all your fumigation and termite needs. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We offer an Annual Termite Policy that is designed to protect your house from serious termite infestations after the fumigation, whether we fumigated or another company fumigated.  We will re-inspect your home on an annual basis to minimize the chance of another infestation. 

 

Remember, termites will swarm from house to house even after fumigation.  The simple fact is that termites will re-infest structures.  Our Annual Termite Policy will help keep any re-infestations to a minimum. 

 

Local Treatments for Drywood Termites

 

Local treatments are usually performed for one of the following reasons: 

 

1.      The infestation does not appear to extend into inaccessible areas. 

2.      If there are minimal infested areas that are accessible. 

3.      The homeowner simply prefers local treatments versus a recommended fumigation.

 

We provide for the following types of local treatments:

 

  • Drill and Treat:  Drill small holes into the infested wood, and then inject registered termiticide into the termite galleries.  The termiticide will follow the galleries, killing present termites.
  • Applying Tim-bor, a registered termiticide, onto bare, unpainted wood.  Tim-bor can be applied as a termite “pre-treat” to structures under construction, or after an infestation is discovered.

  • As a “pre-treat”, you will not have to worry about fumigating in the future as the product is absorbed into the wood. 
  • Wood Replacement – Replace infested wood with new timber.

 

Local Treatments for Subterranean Termites

 

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Subterranean termites, like their name indicates, live underground.  They tunnel through the soil to look for any type of wood to feed on.  Their colonies can number into the millions. 

 

Like Drywood termites, subterranean termites are very serious structural pests and need to be addressed immediately.  Subterranean termites enter structures by building mud tubes.  Once their mud tubes are built, the travel to their feeding areas and back to their nest.  Mud tubes are usually found under structures, attached to walls, in garages, and in areas where plumbing is present.  These tubes are usually the first signs of a subterranean termite infestation. 

 

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Unlike drywood termites, the treatment process is different for the subterranean termite.  Typical methods we use are:

  • Soil Saturation.  This is a pre-treatment method for new construction.  The termiticide is applied to all trenches and plumbing chases within 24 hours of the footings and slab poured. 
  • Trenching.  This is a post construction method.  A trench is dug around the structure, or area infested, and the termiticide is applied into the trench, soaking down to the subterranean nesting sites.  This also creates a barrier between the structure and potential invading subterranean termites. 
  • Drill & treat.  This method involves drilling into the wood members, or through concrete, to reach the subterranean tubes and nesting site.  It is a pressure treatment, causing the product to spread out around injection sites.

 

Repairs                         

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Whether large or small, whether for your peace of mind or escrow requirements, we can provide repair work for any termite and wood destroying organism (WDO) damage your home may have. 

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