Termites have a way of quickly infesting an area—especially areas that are humid and moist. Once termites get started, they will get to work doing thousands of dollars of damage to wooden structures, including fences, doorways, window sills, etc. It’s critical to identify a termite infestation sooner rather than later.
A few ways you can tell include wood rotting, paint chipping, and small pinholes in drywall. Have you seen something suspicious in or around your home that has you questioning whether or not it’s termites? We can help!
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Before the termites eat you out of house and home, contact us for termite control solutions today. Our services start by assessing the property to uncover the extent of the infestation.
From here, we will provide you with the findings and our recommendations for treatment. Using safe solutions, we can rid your property of termites once and for all—saving your property from extensive damage caused by these destructive pests.
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After we treat termites, we want customers to have peace of mind that they are gone for good. If that isn’t the case and they return—we will too at no extra cost to you.
Types of termites in Coachella Valley
The Coachella Valley hosts three broad categories: dampwood termites, drywood termites, and subterranean termites. Subterranean termites are the ones most commonly found, and they do a lot of damage.
These are the ones most commonly found in the Coachella Valley. Whereas the other two types of termites live in the wood they devour, not so with the subterranean termite.
They live underground near their food source. They start with wooden fences that are touching the ground. They especially like the fencepost sunk into the ground as opposed to concrete, or the woodpile in your backyard.
Western drywood termites
More common, this breed of termite likes hardwood and dry conditions. They are more likely to be found in the Coachella Valley and may have several colonies in one house.
Be careful if you are at a yard sale and you find yourself fancying a piece of wooden furniture, a dresser, a headboard, or a dining room table.
You could be unknowingly buying the termite equivalent of a Trojan horse. You get it into your house and then you have an infestation.
Pacific Dampwood termites
The Coachella Valley is dry enough and hot enough that this dampwood termite is not that common, although it can be found. Look for areas where there is standing water or damp conditions.
A chronic leaky faucet or possibly a pond in a golf course (plenty of those around the Coachella Valley) serves as an attraction.
If the foundation of your home has wood up against the soil, or part of it extends over water, this is an invite to the dampwood termite: Signs of these critters include piles of their feces (tiny pellets) near wood and signs of interior tunneling.
How do I protect my home from termites?
Remove dead and discarded wood from around your house. This is where the initial termite infestation will take place. Having wood to burn during the winter is nice, but it will attract termites.
It is very popular for landscapers to use mulch, but it is also a big attraction for termites. Termites are attracted to moisture. Make sure you don’t have any leaky faucets. Also, keep any water features, koi ponds or fountains, clean and operating.
Inspect your property regularly for any exterior signs of termites. Look for mud tunnels or piles of termite droppings around your home. Also, look for wood that appears to be splitting or peeling away. This means the termites ate the underlying material so close to the surface that the remaining wood is so thin it can’t hold its shape.
The Formosa subterranean termite is found in the Coachella Valley, and their reproductives typically swarm and leave the original colony in the early spring.
You might find piles of their discarded wings if you take a walk around your property during this time. This is where they landed, and you probably have the very beginnings of an infestation.
What should I do if I have a termite infestation?
How do I know if I have termites in my home?
Are termites harmful to human health?
Is orange oil treatment effective against termites?
The much-touted orange oil treatment is an extract from orange rinds. The specific ingredient is D-limonene.
It is effective against drywood termites, carpenter ants, and wood-boring beetles by breaking down their exoskeleton and destroying their eggs.
It is great because it is low-toxicity and environmentally friendly. There is no need to move out overnight, board your pets, or remove your plants.
The downside is that orange oil is not effective against subterranean termites, which is the dominant type of termite infestation in the Coachella Valley.
This ineffectiveness is because orange oil is injected through holes drilled into infected wood in your home. Subterranean termites have their colonies underground nearby.
Since orange oil leaves no residual poison, the termites are quick to return.