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Information regarding Drywood Termites and their Control

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There are two kinds of termites commonly encountered by the homeowner in Southern California, Subterranean and the Drywood termites. There are others, but these two culprits are the most prevalent. Let's begin with the former.

Subterranean termites:

This insect is named for it's underground nesting site. They enter your house through construction defects such as cracks in concrete slabs and improperly sealed earth fill porches. Any void or separation in a concrete foundation can allow entry. The homeowner is generally confronted with the swarming phase of these cute little creatures in the spring. Subterranean swarmers are often confused with ants. They are black in color with transparent wings longer than their body length. The ants can be black in color but the wing structure is different and they have a distinct waist or segmented body parts that the termite lacks. Another indication of infestation is mud tubes, which are protective structures, built by the termites in above ground situations. They are the color of the soil and will usually be found at baseboards or on a foundation wall advancing toward the wood members of your house. If you break these open you may see the worker termites. They are small cream colored insects resembling larva or fly maggots. Workers are the ones that do the damage.

Treatment of the Subterranean is almost always a localized effort utilizing liquid termicides after determining the point of entry. Placement of bait stations is becoming more popular and can be used in conjunction with targeted treatments. As always a diligent inspection is the first order of business.

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