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DRYWOOD TERMITES

Drywood termites are wood-destroying insects that inhabit dead or dying trees, fences and our homes and offices.

Dealing with termites is just a part of “California livin’”. Huh? Ok, let’s back up a bit…

Years ago, Southern California’s rolling hills and valleys were full of trees. When settlers recognized how perfect the climate was, they built their ranches, they planted their crops and groves. They even planted more trees to serve as wind-breaks. But when infrastructure and communities developed, those trees were cut down and those groves were tilled under.

It’s been said that “everything has a purpose”. If so, what’s a termite’s purpose? It is to break down dead wood back to the soil. It’s one of nature’s recycling systems.

So, what happened to all that cut-down wood and tilled-under groves from yesteryear? Sometimes, that wood was repurposed for construction, but not before the termites started chomping on it.

Some structures ended up with “built-in” infestations.

Yep, the Southern California climate is perfect, both for us and termites.

Unfortunately today, termites don’t know the difference between a dead tree and a house that has a 30-year mortgage!

Termites are very industrious. They eat to live and live to eat, 24 hours a day.

If left unchecked, that house won’t have as much wood left by the time mortgage is paid off.

Earthquake repair jobs, renovations, even painting projects have revealed the damage that termites can do. And that damage can be extensive.

Around here, we call them drywood termites. Interestingly though, they’re made up mostly of water. And guess what? A typical piece of framing in your home still has about 7% moisture; just perfect for a termite’s needs.

SWARMING

When a termite colony matures, after 3 years or so, certain termites (alates) develop wings. Certain atmospheric conditions (high temperature and a shift to low humidity) will trigger swarm activity. That’s when the general public discovers termites: fluttering around the neighborhood or gathering along window sills, seeking bare wood.

Although we can’t control what happens around the neighborhood, wouldn’t it be nice if your home’s concealed bare framing could be protected from these swarmers’ attempts?

DRI-OUT DEHYDRATION SYSTEM

The DRI-OUT DEHYDRATION SYSTEM can do just that! Home Saving Termite Control Inc. developed a system of control against potential Drywood termite infestations within a home’s bare wood, concealed framing.

The “dehydration” aspect is key. Once a drywood termite contacts bare wood framing that has a coating of Dri-Out, it literally “dries out”! Unlike conventional chemical pesticides, Dri-Out does not affect a termite’s nervous system. Nonpoisonous Dri-Out merely has a physical effect on the termite’s exoskeleton, (we know, it still sounds creepy). Momentary contact does the job. And, unlike conventional chemical pesticides, Dri-Out is long lasting. It will be there, ready for the next season’s attack, without adverse affects on you, your plants, your pets (unless they’re termites) or the environment. Dri-Out can be applied in all perimeter wall voids, attics, and/or in specific locations; directly injected into the termite colonies. No move-out, no packing, no gases, no oils, no odors.

Our state-licensed Home Saving Termite Control Inc. inspector will conduct a free inspection to evaluate the situation; not just confirm the presence of termites, but to determine the colony’s location(s).

Once that’s done, we can offer how and where the Dri-Out Dehydration System can be applied.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON TERMITES

Termites can cause significant structural damage to homes and business with a single colony consuming up to a pound (half a kilo) of wood each day. As social insects that establish large colonies fairly quickly, both the male and female termite feed on wood and continually work to build a nest for their eggs. The presence of termites, particularly in the spring, often indicates that a colony is well established in the near vicinity. Termites prefer decaying wood and despite causing significant damage, they often leave a physical effect that at first appears to render wood as smooth and clean. Home Saving Termite Control termite control experts are experienced at identifying and ridding any Malibu home or business from the threat of termites and protecting your property from the significant harm caused by a termite infestation.

Extensive and Expensive Termite Damage

Termites are able to adapt to ever changing environments and can wreak more havoc than a series of natural disasters combined including hurricanes and hailstorms. Damage due to termites is estimated to be more than 1 billion annually in the US alone. Most insurance companies will not provide coverage for personal loss incurred from the ravages of a termite colony.

How to Get Rid of Termites

Following an inspection of all entry points and any areas where dry wood may be present, Home Saving Termite Control formulates a planned approach that may involves chemical applications to act as a barrier between the termite colony and the wood of your building or structure. Soil trenching in and around the foundation combined with specialized injections are among the various termite control methods customized precisely for properties with termite infestations in Malibu.

Quick Tips for Preventing a Termite Infestation:

  • Avoid letting moisture accumulate near the foundation of your property
  • Address excess humidity problems in crawl space areas
  • Do not store firewood and other wood products near the foundation of your home
  • Contact a Malibu termite control expert immediately if you suspect termites have established a colony on your property

Check for Termites Before Buying or Selling Your Malibu Property

Home Saving Termite Control provides termite control assessments and other services to Malibu real estate agents that facilitate smooth transactions. Schedule a thorough inspection with a licensed and experienced Home Saving Termite Control termite control specialist before buying or selling property Malibu. If you suspect you have a problem with termites in the Malibu region or are planning to buy or sell your home, call the termite control specialists for more information and a free assessment.

Termite Facts

  • Termites have a history dating back 250 million years
  • According to the National Pest Management Association, over 5 billion dollars in damages are attributed to termite infestation in the U.S alone, each year
  • Colony queens can live up to 25 years and are capable of laying an egg every 15 seconds
  • Termites have been known to chew through lead, mortar, plaster and even asphalt when foraging for food
  • Termites are found in every state except Alaska
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