How can a Northern California homeowner find out a termite problem?

The nationwide statistics for termite damage in the US is quite alarming. According to the National Pest Management Association, the current estimate of termite damage is around five billion dollars annually (nowhere near the amount of the nation’s debt that is another subject).

According to Termites in Northern California, the three types of termites that pervade the entire region are the western subterranean, the western dry wood, and the pacific damp wood termites. While both the subterranean and damp wood termites require large amount of moisture or humidity for survival, the dry wood termite can take extreme dry conditions and needs no contact with the soil.

Termites remain undetected till it is too late

In most homes in Central Valley, homeowners do not have a clue about termite infestation in their homes until the damage has been done.

Thus, homeowners in this part of California must be exceptionally vigilant about exploring a possible termite problem in their homes. This post offers some specific tips on how to detect some obvious signs of a probable termite infestation at any Central Valley home:

Sign 1 – Presence of fecal pellets: Both dry wood and damp wood termites expel fecal pellets, characterized by six flattened sides, become visible by their unusual appearance. If a homeowner notices these fecal pellets under openings in any part of the home, it is time to get a termite inspection done.

Sign 2 – Termites in Northern California indicates a swarm of winged termites in a home may be a strong indication of a termite infestation. Wings or winged termites may be especially noticeable during the spring between March and May as that happens to be the swarming season.

Sign 3 – 5 Signs you might have a termite, authored by Bogert Kisch, an associate certified entomologist with the Entomological Society of America, suggests that most termite problems in homes are unearthed during a remodeling or repair work at home. Thus, routine home inspections for unearthing hidden termite problems are desirable.

Sign 4 – If a Central Valley homeowner has the habit of exploring around the home and adjacent property, then he or she can accidentally discover a termite issue through a thin tunnel or a crack or a damaged tree. To avoid these unpleasant discoveries, many homeowners can get a termite monitor installed near the home to detect possible termite problems.

Sign 5 – Termites in Northern California indicates that if a homeowner notices tunnels or tubes in the soil along the walls, then it is time to call a professional termite inspector.

How to get a proper termite inspection done?

The State of California Department of Pesticide Regulation Structural Pest Control Board offers excellent advice and guidance on why and how to get a termite inspection done from a licensed service provider. This resource can prove invaluable to the inexperienced or new homeowner in NorCal!

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