Jun 24

Termite Season in Los Angeles: Misleading Advertising

Termite Season in Los Angeles

 

Lately you hear a lot of radio commercials about having your home inspected for termites during termite season. The fact is you need to worry about termites all year long. There really is no termite season as once they infest your home they are there year-round.Temite Eating

 

One thing is true, there is a termite swarming season twice a year for the two different termite species most commonly found in Southern California and the Los Angeles area. These are the Subterranean Termites that come from the ground and they swarm in the spring. The next species that we have to worry about and probably the most damaging to any structure is the Drywood termite, they swarm during the fall months usually from September through December.

 

Having a termite inspection any time of the year can provide you with evidence of alive infestation within your Los Angeles area home. Although a termite inspection is quite limited as only about 10% of your structure can be inspected for an active live infestation. Subterranean termites are usually the easiest ones to find as they build little mud tubes up from the ground to the foundation of your home. It’s the Drywood termites that require a more skilled and experienced termite inspector. As this species of termite actively lives inside the wood framing of your home and causes structural damage every day

 

Drywood termites never have to come out for any reason, there is only one time of year that they take flight and swarm to start new colonies. In most cases once a Drywood termite colony has established themselves in your home during the swarming season in the fall they will just move from one wood member to another within your home.

 

The most common areas define Drywood termite evidence is in windowsills and baseboards. Most people describe their evidence as sand or small little pellets. The evidence of Drywood termites is very obvious to experienced termite inspector. The small little pellets that people describe his termite fecal matter being pushed out from a termite gallery inside your home.

 

So don’t be fooled by radio commercials advertising termite season and thinking you only need to worry about termites in your home during this time of year. Termites are active all year long feeding on the wood members of your home and increasing the size of their colony.

For more information about termites and when they swarm please contact home saving termite control we’ve been servicing Southern California since 1965. We provide the only true nonchemical poison free termite elimination and prevention in Southern California. Visit our website and get all the information you need on how Dri-Out can protect your home from termites.

Home Saving Termite Control
213-290-5939

Feb 11

Los Angeles Termite Control: How Do You Get Termites?

How Does My Home Get Termites?

One of the most asked questions we get is “how does my home get termites?” This is a hard question and an easy question to answer, depending on your location there are a variety of ways your home can get termites. If you live in Southern California along the coast like Malibu, Pacific Palisades or Santa Monica your home can be infested with termites several times each year. Depending on the termite species your home can suffer from subterranean termite attack or Drywood termite attack.Swarming Termite Los Angeles

Subterranean termites come from the ground up, in most cases they’re very difficult to discover unless you know what you’re looking for. The subterranean termite species is one of the easiest species to control as some form of ground barrier needs to be applied. In most cases this will deter the termites from feeding on your home. Once the subterranean termites have been controlled they can no longer feed on the wood framing of your home. These termites do not live inside the structure but rather inside the ground.

Drywood termites on the other hand are one of the most destructive pests around. Drywood termites live inside the wood of your home feeding on it 24 hours a day. They can cause more damage than natural disasters like fire, floods, hurricanes and earthquakes combined. Because the Drywood termite lives inside the wood and never has to come out for any reason your home could be infested with Drywood termites for years without you ever knowing.

How Do Termites Get into My Home?

Now the big question how does your home get termites to begin with? The most common way is from a neighbor’s home or wood fencing or even dead limbs on a tree. Drywood termites only need wood to survive that contains the right amount of moisture to provide the ideal food source for the colony. Each year Drywood termites migrate sending off’s swarmers to start new colonies in other areas. These swarmers can emerge from fencing around your yard or a neighbor’s yard, a neighbor’s home that is infested or even in some cases new wood added to your home during a remodel or room addition.

Los Angeles AtticOnce these termites swarm and make it into your home they can start colonies that will start eating the wood framing of your home. The migration for Drywood termites is usually from September through January. Most of the time they will emerge after a rainy day and look for a new place to start a fresh colony, this new location can be within the same structure or a neighboring house or even another exterior piece of wood like a fence or dead tree. The Drywood termite really doesn’t care where they start a new colony as long as it meets their requirements.

How To Control Termites in My Los Angeles Home?

So the best defense against Drywood termites in your Los Angeles home is to protect the wood from infestation. You can do this by keeping any exterior wood members properly sealed and painted. In areas like your attic or crawlspace where you would normally not paint you can use a product like Dri-Out. With only a light coating of Dri-Out inside your attic or crawlspace will help protect your home from termite infestation. Termites only have to touch Dri-Out momentarily to be eliminated through dehydration.

Home Saving Termite Control
Los Angeles, CA 90066
213-290-5939

Jan 12

Keeping Termites Out of Your Los Angeles Home

Protect Your Home From Termites in Los Angeles

In Southern California there are several things we have to worry about one is earthquakes, two is traffic on the freeways. These are two things can’t be avoided and definitely rattle our nerves. But one other thing that we have to deal with that most people don’t consider are termites. Especially if you live along the coastal region of Southern California like in Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Orange County and about 60 miles inland. This is the heaviest populated area of Drywood termites in the Southern California area.

 You Can’t Avoid Termites

Getting termites in your home can not be avoided within these areas mainly because termites continue to breed and send outs swarmers each year to establish new colonies. One of the only things you can do to protect your home is to make sure any exterior wood members are properly treated, sealed and painted. When you’re exterior wood becomes exposed due to lack of maintenance or cracks they can be the perfect entry point for Drywood termites.

 

Around your home you’ll notice you probably have a wood patio cover, wood fascia board along the rim of your roof or possibly a wooden fence surrounding your property. These are all places where Drywood termites can get into your home and start new colonies and not be discovered for years. After a few years the termite colonies might become visible only because they accidentally entered into your living space. In most cases they will make a little hole called a kick out whole the push out termite fecal pellets so they can clean out the galleries to continue working.

 

These pellets usually become visible in the windowsills or door jams and can be a little disturbing as they continually build up day after day. The best way to know if you have a termite infestation is to clean up any pellets you may see and then check that area again the next day to see if there are additional pallets. If you see a new pile of pallets building up you know you have an active termite infestation. The best thing to do is call a termite company and have those termites eliminated from that area. But chances are that’s not the only place your home has termites, it’s possible the colony has grown large enough to eat their way up into the structural framing of your home. For this you’re going to need a professional termite company to eliminate those termites and the colony.

Are Termites Living Inside Your Home?

In most cases the termites may extend deep into the wood frame structure making it impossible for traditional termite pesticide chemicals to reach them. This is where the Dri-Out dehydration patented high pressure application system can provide a much better solution to the problem. Because of the high pressure of the Dri-Out application the micron sized amorphous silica gel powder can be injected deep into the wood galleries of the termites. In most cases reaching the base of the colony and eliminating the entire termite colony and protecting your home from further infestation in that area. Because Dri-Out is a microsized powder and clings to the waxy exoskeleton of the termite it can’t avoid death by dehydration. Once Dri-Out has been applied to the inside of these galleries termites will never be able to inhabit that piece of wood ever again. Even if colonies from other areas of the home make their way into those galleries once the termite makes contact with the Dri-Out product they too will meet their demise and dehydrate in less than two hours.

 

To learn more about Dri-Out and how it can eliminate your termite problem please contact us or visit our website and learn how this amazing product can not only eliminate your termite problem but also protect your structure from future termite infestation.

Home Saving Termite Control
Los Angeles, CA 90066
213-290-5939

Dec 12

How Does Termite Dehydration Work?

How Does Dri-Out Dehydrate Termites?

Termites are very delicate insects because they don’t live out in the elements their bodies are very fragile. Like all insects their body is made up of an exoskeleton, the exoskeleton of any insect is can be dehydrated by a special micro sized variation of amorphous silica gel. Amorphous silica gel is not a gel at all but more like a powder, once attached to the exoskeleton of a termite or any other insect death is inevitable.

Years of Testing Amorphous Silica GelTermite Dehydration

Through years of testing and experimenting utilizing different formulations of amorphous silica gel home saving termite control engineered and developed a 100% safe non-toxic product called Dri-Out. Formulated using 100% pharmaceutical grade amorphous silica gel was able to completely eliminate termites inside any structure where the product was applied. It’s also a known fact through studies done in the late 1950s where certain forms of silica powder were tested to see how well it would eliminate termites. Through these tests it was discovered that a light coating of amorphous silica gel on any piece of wood would make that wood member virtually termite proof. Based on these studies and hands on testing Home Saving Termite Control developed and patented Dri-Out, the perfect micro sized amorphous silica gel that can be applied directly to any wood structure open or closed.

Dri-Out The Perfect Termite Killer

Once Dri-Out has been applied using a patented high-pressure pneumatic system, termites can no longer live inside the piece of wood coated by dry out. Termites living inside the wood deep inner channels are also eliminated by using the high-pressure to completely fill all termite tunnels and cavities with amorphous silica gel. Once a termite comes in contact with amorphous silica gel micro sized particles cling to the exoskeleton of the termite. Even the smallest amount of dry out can be lethal to any termite. As amorphous silica gel Dri-Out can absorb 100 times its own weight in moisture. With this ability dry out absorbs the insects bodily fluids actually dehydrating the termite over a short period of time. Once a termite has come in contact with dry out on average it will be completely dehydrated and dead in under two hours.

Environmentally Friendly and Safe

Dri-Out is comprised of 100% pharmaceutical grade amorphous silica gel. The same type of silica gel that is found in toothpaste, deodorants and other food products. This product is completely safe and harmless to the environment, pets, children and adults. The only thing not safe from Dri-Out are insects.

Home Saving Termite Control
Los Angeles, CA
800-300-0256

Nov 12

Los Angeles Termite Control: Termite Entry Points

Just How Do Termites Get Into a Home?

Depending on the type of species of termite there are a number of ways they can achieveGable Vent Termite Entry Point access to your home. Subterranean termites who live in the ground come up through a crack in a foundation or on the exterior of your home. Drywood termites, one of the most threatening termite species can gain access through just about any point of your structure.

Subterranean Termite Entry Points

Subterranean termites usually gain access to your from underneath due to a crack in the foundation or if your home is raised off the ground by building much to his that reach the wood flooring. Most people are not familiar with how subterranean termites live. This species of termite’s lives inside the ground they only come up the find wood to eat and then return to the colony underground. If your home has any kind of wood siding or foundation subterranean termites can find their way into it. It is always a good idea to check the perimeter of your home for little mud tubes that extend from the ground up the side of your home. This is an indication that subterranean termites have made it into your structure.

If your home is built on a raised foundation this is normally indicated by having a crawlspace under your home, subterranean termites usually will gain access in this area. Again look for mud tubes that raise up from the ground and are attached to the under part of the flooring of your home.

Drywood Termite Entry Points

Malibu Termites

Because Drywood termites live inside the wood and not

in the ground your whole structure is at risk of being an entry point. The most common entry points for Drywood termites are under the eaves of your home’s roof. Usually this is the most neglected area for maintenance by a homeowner. Any small crack or opening is inviting to a Drywood termite. Once inside the female termite lays eggs and start to colony they do this by drilling a small hole into a piece of wood and laying their eggs. Once he a patch the baby termites start eating away at the wood. The more eggs that are laid, and hatched the larger the colony grows.

Drywood termites are also known to gain access to a structure through an open door, open window or an external door frame with unprotected wood around. We talk about unprotected wood as wood that is not properly sealed or painted to prevent termites from drilling into it. The best way to protect your home from a termite infestation is to keep it freshly painted every few years and seal all cracks with the quality wood sealant.

It’s always a good idea to protect your home from termite infestation by coating your attic area with Amorphous Silica Gel to prevent termites from ever starting a colony in that area. Home Saving Termite Control has been installing amorphous silica gel in Southern California homes for over 18 years. It’s a scientific fact that Amorphous Silica Gel makes wood virtually termite proof. For more information about Amorphous Silica Gel and the Home Saving Dehydration DrI-Out product visit us online. Since 1965 home saving termite control has been serving Southern California as one of the leading termite elimination and prevention companies.

Home Saving Termite Control
Los Angeles
800-300-0256

Oct 15

Los Angeles: How Accurate are Termite Inspections?

How Accurate are Termite Inspections?

One question a lot of homeowners seem to ask us “how accurate is a termite inspection?” In order to answer this question we need to start with the two types of termite species most Southern California homeowners have to deal with.  In Southern California from Santa Barbara to the Mexican border and about 60 miles inland, homeowners only need to be concerned with two types of wood destroying termites.  These termites are the subterranean termite, and the drywood termite.  Even though, these two termite species eat the same wood they both live in two completely different areas.

Subterranean Termites:

Starting with the subterranean termite, this termite species lives inside the ground.  They require a high level of moisture provided by the soil.  The subterranean termite will build little “shelter tubes”, also known as “mud tubes” above ground to reach a piece of wood that does not have contact with the soil.  In most cases the shelter tubes can be visible during a termite inspection, whether under a raised foundation of older homes, or along the concrete slab of newer homes.  A trained state licensed termite inspector knows what to look for when it comes to subterranean termites.  In some cases a crack in a foundation can leave an opening for subterranean termites to gain access to your homes structural framing without ever been detected.  Subterranean termites although they do consume the wood framing of your home, they are still in second place when it comes to the drywood termite.

Drywood Termites:Drywood Termite Los Angeles

The most structure threatening termite in Southern California is the drywood termite species.  This termite lives its entire life inside the wood it consumes.  The drywood termite can produce more colonies without ever leaving the comfort of your home.  During the fall month’s drywood termites send out winged swarmer’s to start new colonies in other areas.  If a termite colony is living inside a concealed wall in your home you may never know they exist, each year when these swarmer’s emerge and move from one wood member to another no one will ever know.  Because the drywood termite only requires the wood they consume to survive. Colonies can grow without any interruption in a nice temperature controlled environment like your home.

Termite Inspections:

During a termite inspection a state licensed professional termite inspector can’t see any more than you can. In respect to the construction of your home, the majority of the wood termite’s can live in, cannot be seen.  Yes, the termite inspector will visually inspect your attic and crawl space under your home if there is one. These are the two places where the structural framing of your home can be inspected.  With all the plaster and sheetrock covering the majority of your home’s structural framing the termite inspector is only able to visually inspect about 10% of your homes wood framing.  This leaves about 90% of your home that cannot be inspected for termites. Remember termites only live in the structural framing of your home, not in the drywall or concrete foundation your home may sit on.

The fact is, drywood termites only eat wood that is no longer living and is used for the structural framing of your home.  Drywood termites can gain access to your home through any small cracks or openings in the exterior of your structure.  This can include attic vents, cracks in the wood trim, weathered or uncared for exterior wood or window and door frames.  Once the drywood termite gets into a piece of wood it could be years before there’s any evidence of their existence. In some cases depending on the size of the home and the location of the infested wood there may never be any evidence of termites.

This is why the accuracy of a termite inspection is very questionable.  If you look at one of the walls in your home that is covered with drywall on one side and stucco on the other, can you see the wood framing inside that wall?  Well, neither can a termite inspector.  If you live in the prime termite area of Southern California you must assume your home either has termites, or will be getting them.

The main question is with only about 10% of your home available for a visual termite inspection, how accurate will that inspection be?

Home Saving Termite Control
Los Angeles, CA800-300-0256

Sep 05

Three Signs Your Los Angeles Home Has Termites!

Signs of Drywood Termites

There are only a few signs that you might be sharing your home with Drywood termites. Some of the clues can be very subtle getting an untrained eye no cause for alarm. Drywood termites do not live in the open area of your home; instead they take up residence inside the structural framing making it virtually impossible to know exactly where they are and how many colonies are there.Drywood Termite

Three Signs You Might Have Termites

One of the early detection signs of Drywood termites are wings in a windowsill or in a corner by the baseboards. Once the flying adult termites discover an opening or crack to get inside a piece of wood they will shed their wings. Most of the time people just vacuum these up not paying any attention to what they are or where they’re located. Discarded wings are one of the first indications that a pair of termites has entered your structure to begin building a colony.

Termite Indication Number Two

The next sign is one of the most common indicators of a large colony inside your structure. Most people describe these as some type of wood shaving or wood chips that builds up in the corner of a room or in a windowsill and also by a doorframe. These little pellets that continually build up are actually the termites fecal. When a colony is large enough their fecal pellets obstruct their tunnels inside the wood. So it is the job of some of the termites to remove the fecal pellets out of their way. They do this by pushing them out of the wood into your home. If you see these types of little pellets around a window frame or doorjamb and you clean them up, then after a day or two they are back, you have a termite colony living inside that area.

Termite Indication Number Three

The last sign that your home could be infested with dry wood termites is one of the most obvious ones there is. During the fall months especially after a light rain swarms of adult flying termites might be flying around your home or can be found dead in windowsills or by other openings. Each year during the fall months establish termite colonies send out’s warmers the start new colonies. Depending on the size of the colonies in your structure this will determine how many stores are actually sent out of the colony. It could range from a few dozen to hundreds. If you experience these warmers flying around your home you should immediately get a termite inspection.

Now you know the common signs

These are the most common signs of a Drywood termite infestation in your home; if you have discovered anyone of these signs don’t hesitate to have a termite inspector explore your home. Termites cause more damage than all other natural disasters like fire, floods, hurricanes and earthquakes combined. The amount of damage they cause can be life-threatening by weakening the structural framing of your home. Drywood termites are one of the hardest termite species to detect and they are almost impossible to evaluate the size and location of the colonies. A trained termite inspector is educated on the most common areas and signs of a termite infestation. The professionals at Home Saving Termite Control have been serving Southern California since 1965. We are some of the most educated termite specialists in the country and we understand that eliminating the termite is only half of the job. You must properly protect your home against re-infestation of termites by utilizing a product that will protect your home’s structural framing and prevent termite from returning.

Home Saving Termite Control
Los Angeles, CA
1-800-300-0256

Aug 09

Flying Termites in the Los Angeles Area

Termite Season in Los Angeles

This time of year homeowners in the greater Los Angeles area may be experiencing flying termites, the swarms are most common on warm days after a rain.  In the spring, most common swarming termites are subterranean termites, this species lives in the ground and their whole purpose is to eat dead or dry wood as in fallen trees or tree stumps. Unfortunately subterranean termites cannot tell the difference between a fallen tree and the wood your home is built with.  Before man built homes in the Los Angeles area, termites were natures cleanup crew when trees would fall in the forest and other areas. dead and dried wood attracts termites it’s only natural for them to clean up the dead wood and return it to the ground and make room for new growth.Termits

Subterranean termites can be are easy to spot around the perimeter of your home.  They require the protection of the ground to survive, they can become visible above ground by the mud tubes they build.  These mud tubes can go up the side of a home and reach an opening where they can get into the structural framing of your home.  In some cases if your home is built on a raised foundation subterranean termites can build freestanding mud tubes up to the exposed wood framing of your home.  Southern California homeowners spend thousands of dollars every year fighting subterranean termites in an effort to protect their homes. But the fact is, this is one of the easiest termite species to illuminate around your home.  Subterranean termites live in the ground not in your structure, they only feed on the wood your home is constructed with.  The entire colony lives down inside the ground and may not even be close to your home. Termites don’t like to be bothered, if you see these mud tubes around your property or on your home just knock them down. Check back a few days later if the mud tubes have been rebuilt, knock them down again, after doing us a couple of times the termites will get annoyed and move on.

By applying poisonous chemicals to the foundation or surrounding areas of your home will never eliminate the termite colony.  All you’re doing is building a barrier between you and them, the colony will still continue to survive deep underground.  Save your money and protect your family and pets from the toxic poisonous pesticide chemicals used to deter subterranean termites from your home.  If you feel you have a subterranean termite problem beyond your control, we offer a free termite inspection for your entire property.  In Southern California homeowners battle more than just one termite species, it’s always a good idea to have an annual termite inspection to keep your home termite free. the next time you see flying termites call Home Saving Termite Control for a free termite inspection. We service all areas of Los Angeles County, Ventura County and Santa Barbara.

Home Saving Termite Control
Los Angeles
800-300-0256