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Termites cause millions of dollars in structural damages each year. CVA Exterminators will defend your property! For over 20+ years, we have provided exceptional termite extermination services for customers residing in Santa Clarita, San Fernando Valley, Stevenson Ranch, Castaic and the surrounding areas. Our team of highly knowledgeable and experienced termite specialists will provide you with premium exterminating tactics and treatments. We have a diverse assortment of termite control and treatment options, such as fumigation, non-tenting options, soil treatments and much more.

Termites are small social insects that eat wood or cellulose. There are two species of termites that are of significance in Southern California— the drywood termite and the subterranean termite. Termites are sneaky. They are able to go undetected in a home for quite some time. Evidence of termites is discovered during home repairs or when a timber you thought was solid gives way and the infestation is discovered. Additionally, some termites produce droppings or mud tunnels that appear suddenly and re-appear after clean up. View our Termite FAQ page for more information. If you suspect a termite problem, contact CVA Exterminators to have an experienced and licensed inspector visit your home and assess the problem.

Types of Termite Treatments

  • Fumigation
  • Non-tenting options
  • Soil Treatments
  • And more!

Subterranean Termites

Subterranean termites live in large colonies in the ground. They require access to a moisture source such as found in the ground. Typically, their colonies can number from 60,000 to 80,000 individuals. Thus, their potential for destructiveness is amplified by their large colonies. Subterranean termites are the most common termites in the United States. They are especially destructive in that they often go undetected because they enter a structure framing from the subarea, cracks in the concrete slab or earth-filled porches.

This type of termite typically swarms in the spring on a sunny day after rain. These swarms (their method of creating new colonies) can happen quickly and unexpectedly. The swarmers (as pictured above) are black and slightly larger than an ant. After a swarm, the termites will discard wings once they attempt to start a new colony. However, a swarm inside a structure is a sign of serious problems within the home. View our Termite FAQ page for further information.

Summary for Subterranean Termites

Location of Colony
Underground (may be under the structure or in the middle of the street)
Signs of Infestation
Mud tubes, swarming, discarded wings
Methods of Control
Correction of earth to wood contacts and excessive moisture conditions, soil chemical treatments, bait treatments, & protective wood treatments.

Drywood Termites

Drywood termites live in the wood they are feeding on. Therefore, they do not live elsewhere, such as in the ground or in a distant tree. Their name is indicative of their ability to live in what one might consider “dry” wood, found in a man-made structure. Wood actually absorbs moisture from the air thus providing substantial moisture content to support this type of termite. This type of termite is one of the most economically significant species in California and other southern states because of their ability to live and eat the wood in your home for years undetected.

Drywood termites typically swarm in late summer or early fall in the late afternoon. Swarming members of this type of termite are usually brown bodied with red heads and are generally larger than their subterranean relatives. Again, a swarm inside a structure is a sign of a serious infestation. Generally, a swarm is commenced by a colony that is at least four years old. This species is not easily treated with do-it-yourself remedies. The damage caused by ineffective treatments could cost thousands of dollars to repair. If you have signs of a swarm, contact CVA Exterminators right away.

Summary for Drywood Termites

Location of Colony
In the wood members of the structure
Signs of Infestation
Pellets or droppings, swarming & discarded wings
Methods of Control
Fumigation (Vikane is the preferred fumigant), localized chemical treatment (for limited infestations only). Also, foam, microwave, liquid nitrogen and heat are used as localized treatments for minor infestations.

Dampwood Termites

This type of termite is similar to the drywood termite.
It lives in the wood and not in the soil. As their name implies, dampwood termites live in damp wood. Infestations of this species is often more common in damp areas such as foothills and ‘woodsy’ areas.

Dampwoods are the largest of all local species. Since they require extensive moisture in the wood they infest, control is often achieved by removing the source of moisture. In extreme cases, fumigation can be used to control this type of termite.

Summary for Dampwood Termites

Location of Colony
In the wood members of the structure
Signs of Infestation
Larger pellets, swarming
Methods of Control
Control of moisture source, fumigation, localized chemical treatment (for limited infestations only)

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