Hidden Invaders: Termites

You probably don’t need to be told what termites are. A colony of munching machines chewing laboriously through any unprotected wooden structure. These pests can remain hidden under the surface of wooden objects such as floors, walls, ceilings, and even furniture for years before physical damage becomes bad enough to be noticed.

As a colony they spread far and fast continually eating and expanding 24 hours, 7 days a week. The annual cost per year from termite damage and removal in the U.S. has been estimated to be anywhere between $2 billion dollars to as high as $16 billion!

How to Identify Termites?

  • The presence of swarmers. Swarmers are winged termites that typically leave the nest in spring, as the weather changes, to spread out and start new colonies. They look similar to winged ants, but their antenna is straight rather than curved and their body shape at the waist is broad and equal to the rest of their bodies; unlike ants that have thinner waists.
  • Damaged wooden structures. Sure signs of termites are hollowed floors and walls and the holes that they produce in wooden structures. Then again wood damage can be hidden beneath the surface and is not so easy to spot.
  • Mud tubes. Mud tubes are large earthen tubes that are produced by termites in Los Angeles CA for protection and moisture. If cracked open, termite workers can commonly be found inside.
  • Hollow sounds on wood. When wooden structures that shouldn’t be hollow sound hollow, it could be a sign of termites. Tap on any wooden surfaces and check for a hollow sound while inspecting.
  • Frass (droppings). Frass is the word for termite droppings; they are typically found near an entry for the termites. Frass is not always present depending on the species of termite. The more dangerous type of termites, subterranean termites, use it in the construction of their mud tubes.

What to Do if Infested?

If your home or property is infested with termites, you should contact us immediately for an evaluation. Waiting can be very costly and even deadly in the event of a full building collapse. Please don’t risk your home or your safety.