Southern California is prone to drought and residents here are always very excited when the rains finally come. We wait so long and are so relieved, but we completely forget what it means to the pest industry. Many times after that first nice rain a swarm of little black bugs with oversized wings appears.
After a termite colony reaches a certain population level, usually more than 10,000 for northern temperate subterranean termites, winged (alate) reproductive “swarmers” are produced and leave the colony in a “swarm”. A swarm is a mixed group of roughly 50% male and 50% female reproductive termites which leave the nest at the same time, in
All termites have a "thick waist" where their abdomen is joined to their middle body region (thorax); but all ants have a "pinched-in-waist" at that point. All termites have antennae that look like a "string of beads;" but all ants have "elbowed" antennae. Termite swarmers have two pairs of long narrow, wings with very few
Subterranean termites live mainly in the ground. They search ("forage") for wood (food) farther and farther from the center of their colony area as their numbers grow. Foragers may make underground tunnels or above-ground "shelter tubes" of mud, feces and debris used to search for new food sources and to connect their feeding sites to
A thorough inspection by a termite control specialist is the first and most important step in protecting your property. "Experienced" eyes can locate the specific areas in your structure where a termite attack is likely to occur. Special tools such as moisture meters, sound amplifiers or specially trained dogs may be used by some inspectors.
If you think you may have termites, do not panic! In most cases, significant termite damage will not occur in a short period of time. But do not delay your decision indefinitely; damage has already started and termites will continue to cause damage. First of all, verify that the firm you select is a member
You can do several things as a home owner to help prevent termite infestations including: Stack all firewood, lumber or other wooden items several feet away from your building. Keep all wood supports of porches, patios, decks, or separate buildings more than one foot from contact with your home's foundations; and use only pressure-treated
There are more than 2,000 species of termites. Only about 70 species invade wooden structures enough to be considered pests. The most damaging are roughly 20 species we call "subterranean" termites because of their living and foraging habits. Two of these, the Eastern Subterranean Termites and the Western Subterranean Termites, are by far the most
Formosan Termites Formosan termites are an exotic species that was accidentally introduced to the U.S. from China and other Asian countries. Their habits are very much like those of our common subterranean species. They are in the same family of termites, but they belong to a different genus. They are a little bigger and are