Termite Control 101: Tackling Termites In San Diego

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Termites are small insects that can cause big problems in and around your home. Green Flash Pest Control is here to help if you see termites hanging around your property. We provide comprehensive pest control in San Diego, know what causes termites to come to your property, and how to effectively get rid of them. 

How To Identify Signs Of Termites Around Your Home

In San Diego, subterranean termites are the most common type of species found in homes. Because of their size, many people mistake termites for ants. However, a few unique characteristics help to set these two types of insects apart. Here is a look at some of the signs that you may notice around your home if you have termites:

  • Hollowed-out wooden beams and other wooden objects
  • Small holes the size of a pinpoint found in your drywall
  • Paint that is peeling or bubbling for seemingly no reason
  • Squeaky floorboards
  • Windows and doors of your home become stuck or hard to open and close
  • Sagging floorboards
  • Wood dust found around your baseboards
  • Flying termites
  • White and small discarded wings on the door and window sills

Subterranean termites will build these elaborate mud tubes that extend from the ground up to your home. They use these tubes to travel safely from their home to yours. If you see these mud tubes around the foundation of your home, you should have your home and property inspected for termites.

What Kind Of Damage Can Termites Cause?

Termites can cause a lot of damage to your house. In about one day, a colony of termites can consume up to five grams of wood. If the termite problem is ignored or left untreated for an extended time, you could end up with severe structural damage to your home. 

Is There A Way To Prevent Termites In My Home?

Termites can be found almost anywhere in San Diego. Because they are attracted to wood, every home in this area is susceptible to a termite infestation. However, there are a few things that you can do to deter termites from coming near your home, which include:

  • Make sure that your gutter system is working properly to keep moisture away from your home.
  • Don't put mulch around the foundation of your house.
  • Keep firewood stacked away from your home.
  • Make sure to ventilate crawl spaces under your house properly.
  • Fix any leaky pipes that you may have around your home. 

You will also want to make sure that the wood on your sheds and other wooden structures doesn't make direct contact with the ground. You should always have a concrete foundation and have any wooden structures elevated off the ground. Termites are attracted to warm and humid climates. By eliminating the moisture around your home, you will have a better chance of keeping termites at bay.

The Secret To Total Termite control For San Diego Properties

If you have termites in or around your San Diego home, you should call a professional as soon as possible. Since they live in such large colonies, it can be extremely difficult to get rid of termites on your own. At Green Flash Pest Control, we use state-of-the-art equipment and the latest techniques to ensure we can eliminate termites from your property for good.