3 Most Common SoCal Termite Species

3 Most Common SoCal Termite Species

There are approximately 2,000 known species of termites globally, with variance in size, body shapes, and behavior. With this in mind, there are three that are common in Southern California:

  • Subterranean Termites
  • Drywood Termites
  • Dampwood Termites

The Subterranean and Drywood termite species are by far the most common, with Dampwood termites trailing behind. Regardless of the species of termite, No Bugs Termite and Pest Control can help you make sure that your home is safe. Our Santa Clarita termite specialists can determine what kind of termites you are dealing with, assess the damage done to your home, and determine the best steps to eradicate the issue.

Let No Bugs Termite and Pest Control help make sure the structure of your home is safe and sound. Contact our team today.

Termites in Southern California

Termites can cause some serious damage to your home and surrounding structures, so it is helpful to identify them early and quickly. Learning about the common termites in your area and their habits can help protect your home through observation and knowledge. Watch for signs of the termites that are most common in your area and check your home for potential entry points to protect it from future infestations.

Subterranean Termites: The most destructive and most prevalent species of termite found in local areas is the Subterranean termite. These termites live in underground, or in-soil, colonies. They require contact with and protection from the soil. They build mud tubes to protect themselves from open air. Some subterranean termites may live above ground if they have access to a moisture source. Colonies can consist of up to 2 million termites. Lastly, Subterranean termites can enter your property through a crack or opening that is only 1/32 of an inch.

Drywood Termites: This species of termite does not need to be near soil to survive and does not use mud tunnels to travel. They prefer wood with a lower moisture content than their soil-dwelling cousins, preferably 12% or less. These termites will live in the wood itself and tend to swarm on sunny and warm days. They prefer to build nests in roof material, pillars or wooden wall supports, or deadwood sources around the home. Drywood termite colonies are typically smaller than those of subterranean termites, so the damage they cause occurs at a slower pace.

Dampwood Termites: This species is much less common than the other two, but there is still a chance that they will be present if conditions are right. They prefer to infest wood with a high moisture content; therefore, they tend to live in outdoor wood sources or trees rather than inside the wood of homes and buildings. They do not need contact with soil to live but need their wood nests to be in contact with a source of moisture. Dampwood termites are usually larger than other species.

Termite Inspections and Treatments in Santa Clarita

The Santa Clarita termite professionals at No Bugs Termite and Pest Control can perform termite inspections for escrow or if you suspect termite activity in your home. If our team finds termites in or around your home, we will discuss your options with you and help you determine what to do next.

If you need an inspection or termite control measures, call on your neighbors at No Bugs Termite and Pest Control. We are here to help!

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