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Signs of Drywood Termites & How to Prevent Termite Infestations in Your Canoga Park, CA Home

There are a number of different species of termites living in southern California, and one of the most common termite is the drywood Termite. Drywood termites will directly nest inside homes and then chew through the wood throughout the home. Drywood termites can cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage in a single home. It is essential for homeowners to look for signs of drywood termites to control the problem before it gets worse. Ventura Pest Control will share some of the common signs of termites.

Do Drywood Termites Make a Clicking Sound?

One sign of drywood termites is a soft clicking noise coming from the wall, floor or wooden surfaces. That clicking noise comes from solider termites that will bang their heads, which create a series of clicking noises. Typically during times of distress, the solider termite will warn workers of trouble and to return to the safety of their nest. The clicking can be heard throughout the day. However, it is often missed by the homeowner. During a professional termite inspection, a stethoscope is often used to listen for the soft clicking noises.

Winged Drywood Termites

Winged or flying termites are the reproductive males and females of the colony. After mating, the winged males will die while the fertile females will fly off seeking a nesting place for her own future colony. However, in the case of Drywood termites, the male doesn’t always die. King and queen termites after mating will seek a suitable nesting site where the king will tend to the queen and begin cutting galleries for their first generation of worker and solider termites. Kings and queens can live together for ten years and longer in some cases. If you see these flying termites that at first glance may resemble a winged ant, know that your yard or home could be a target for these reproductive termites.

Termite Worker Sightings

Worker termites can be seen on occasion, especially when the feeding sight is disturbed. Worker ants are often mistaken for ants. However, even though at first glance ants and termites look alike, there are a lot of differences. Termite workers and soldiers are pale, typically cream in color and even slightly translucent. Termites also have a bigger abdomen that make up most of its body. Ants also have three body segments where termites have only two.

Hollowed Wood

Drywood termites will hollow out the inside, creating a paper thin exterior that is easily broken. Termites will often start chewing on exterior wood before they move inside the home. Inspect your deck, wood sidings and other similar features outside of your home for signs of earlier termite invasion. Additionally, monitor doors and windows for warping as this can be a sign termites have tunneled through them to get inside the home.

Drywood Termite Tunnels & Frass

Other signs of termite activity are tunneling systems around the home. Termites will dig tunnels through wood or create a tunnel on surfaces. You may find mud vein like tunnels crawling upwards along the wall and in between the corners. You may also discover the termite’s frass or droppings. Frass is the tiny black or powder like substances that can be found near the entrances of the nests.

Termite Inspections & Treatment

If you have signs of drywood termites in your home don’t hesitate to seek professional assistance. Ventura Pest Control offers termite inspection and control services and can help protect your home from these costly invaders. Contact Ventura Pest Control today!

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