What Not To Do About Termites On Your Santa Clarita Property

termite on the wood

Two of the common types of termites are called subterranean and drywood termites. Termite active generally occurs within the wooden structure, which often makes detecting their presence difficult. Unlike drywood termites, who build nests inside of wood, subterranean termites create nests below the ground. Subterranean termites build thin mud tunnels or “tubes” that allow for the insects to safely travel between sources of wood and their nest.

During the spring months, winged subterranean termites gather in swarms as they begin the reproductive process. Property owners that recognize swarming termites should contact a local pest control professional for a detailed termite inspection and treatment.

The Risks Of Attempting Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Solutions

Local home improvement stores and online merchants actively market DIY at-home treatment options using exaggerated claims of effectiveness that are commonly ineffective, and deliver merely short-term results. The DIY termite treatment products being offered today include foams, powders, and concentrated sprays that may contain chemicals that are harmful to humans, and perhaps our local environment.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes the importance of safely treating termite infestations with pesticides. The EPA regulates these termiticides, many of which must be applied by a “trained pest management professional.” Aside from the health risks, property owners might allow for ample time for relatively minor pest intrusion to develop into major infestations.

Tips For Preventing Future Termite Intrusions

  • Termites are drawn to areas where water-damaged wood exists; therefore, property owners must promptly repair leaking pipes, spigots, or other causes of excessive moisture.
  • Keep the yard area near homes and other structures free of debris, particularly firewood, fallen trees, and similar items.
  • Limit the use of mulch in beds adjacent to the foundation of the structure.
  • Create a barrier separating soil from directly contacting the property’s foundation using a material such as steel, plastic, or stone.

The Importance Of Promptly Responding To Suspected Termite Intrusions

Termite colonies consist of massive numbers of workers that remain very busy. Unfortunately, this is a formula that can have devastating results for those with a home or business that has been invaded. In only a few months, termites can cause very costly damage that is unlikely to be covered by property insurance policies.

Those property owners that recognize any of the aforementioned signs of potential termite activity are strongly encouraged to react swiftly by contacting an experienced pest extermination company. You have invested both time and money toward your home or business, and cannot afford to risk incurring significant structural damage. 

Licensed Provider Of Professional Pest Control Services In Santa Clarita

The seasoned group of industry professionals with CVA Exterminators adheres to many of the latest advancements in the pest control market today to safely and effectively eliminate pest problems from Santa Clarita homes. We have adopted many of the best practices of the Pest Control Operators of California, and other leading organizations that understand the importance of maintaining the health and safety of our customers, and the local Santa Clarita ecosystem.

Our technicians will perform a thorough inspection of the interior and exterior of the premises to detect the nature and extent of any pest intrusion. This is critical to ensure that these concerns are quickly and completely eliminated. We look forward to speaking with you, and encourage you to contact our local office for an appointment today. Learn more about our residential and commercial pest management programs in Santa Clarita.