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How Common are Termites in Canoga Park, CA? Signs of Termite Infestations & More

If you live in California, you need to know that there is no such thing as termite season; they are always active. Homes in California can be damaged by subterranean, dampwood and drywood termites. Swarms of termites often occur during the day following a rainy spell. These swarms can also happen during the winter in buildings that are heated. Because termites are so widespread and active in California, the right preventative measures need to be taken to protect your home. When termites get into your home, they will work 24 hours a day 7 days a week for the whole year. Their only purpose in life is to feed so they can increase the size of their colony. They will continue to work until the day they die. The fact that a termite queen can live for 30 to 50 years, should give you an idea of how bad an infestation can get. The largest termite colony ever recorded had over three million termites!

Termite Damage Facts

• Termite cause damage to approximately 650,000 homes each year
• They are responsible for millions of dollars in damage every year
• The average coast for a homeowner for termite damage is $3,300
• The damage that termites can cause is more than storms, fires and floods combined

Common Species of Termites Found in Southern California

Western subterranean termite. These termites will swarm during the day after rain in fall, winter or early in the spring.
Arid-land subterranean termite. Another daytime swarmer in autumn, late winter and early spring.
Desert subterranean termite. These termites will swarm in the summer months at dusk, after a rainy spell.
Formosan termite. These termites generally swarm from May to September in the early evening and days when the temperatures rise above 88 degrees Fahrenheit. After that, they will swarm when conditions are suitable.
Western drywood termite. These termites warm in the rainy season, usually from July to September at duck, after rain.
Desert drywood termite. Night swarmers from June to September.
Pacific dampwood termite. These termites will swarm from August to October, right before the sun sets.
Nevada dampwood termite. At higher elevations, they will swarm in the spring, and in summer and early fall in coastal areas. They will swarm before sunset.

Signs of a Termite Infestation

The first sign of a termite infestation is the presence of flying termites, called swarmers, or discarded wings. You also might hear termites. Termites will bang their head against wood or shake their bodies if they feel there’s a threat to the colony. They are also not quiet eaters. You can actually hear them if you put your ear up against the wall. Termites eat wood from the inside out, leaving a thin veneer of wood or just the paint. Knocking on these areas will sound hollow or papery. Tunnels or galleries in wood is another sign. They will be hard to see from the outside but seeing them in broken pieces of wood in or near your home is a bad thing. Termite droppings, also known as frass, is another sign you’re dealing with termites.

Termite Inspections & Treatment

Homeowners insurance doesn’t normally cover termite damage or removal. To avoid costly damage, you need the help of professionals as soon as you suspect you’re dealing with termites. Contact Ventura Pest Control for a termite inspection and custom treatment plan today!

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