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Pest Control Center, Inc. has been in business serving the Sacramento Valley, and surrounding area, for 30 years. We’ve built our business and superior reputation by understanding and meeting the actual pest control needs of Northern California residents; ridding their homes, businesses and landscapes of pests and keeping them pest-free. We do this consistently and on a daily basis. Every customer is important to us, regardless of size. Our friendly, professional staff takes care of our customers in a timely manner and with the utmost courtesy and care.
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Do You Have a Termite Infestation?
How to tell if your home is infested with termites:
- Winged termites found indoors usually indicate an infestation needing treatment.
- Determine if it is a termite or a winged ant, which can swarm during the same time of year. Termites have straight antennae, uniform waists and equally sized wings. Winged ants have elbowed antennae, constricted waists, and longer forewings than hind wings.
- Termites are attracted to light and often seen around doors and windows. This doesn’t necessarily indicate an indoor infestation as they could also be originating from outdoor locations such as tree stumps or woodpiles. However, if winged termites are seen coming from the base of the foundation wall or other adjoining decks or porches, there is a good chance that the house requires an inspection and treatment.
- Earthen or mud tubes extending up from the foundations walls and support beams are another sign of a termite infestation in your home. The mud tubes are usually the diameter of a pencil but sometimes larger. A mud tube with no visible sign of worker termites does not necessarily indicate the lack of an infestation, just that the tube is no longer being used.
- Damaged wood from a termite infestation will be hollowed out along the grain. There will also be bits of mud or soil lining along the grain. Wood damaged by moisture or other insects will not have this mud/soil. Rippled or sunken places in wall coverings can also be an indicator that termites are tunneling underneath.
- However, if the tubes happen to be empty that does NOT necessarily mean there isn’t an infestation. It just means that the tube is no longer being used.
- Damaged wood from a termite infestation will be hollowed out along the grain. There will also be bits of mud or soil lining along the grain. Wood damaged but moisture or other insects will not have this mud/soil. Rippled or sunken places in wall coverings can also be an indicator that termites are tunneling underneath.
- There are often NO telltale signs that an infestation is living behind your walls or under your home. Termites are sneaky characters and infestations can and do go undetected for years.
- The only way to be sure if you have a termite infestation or not is to have a professional come and do a comprehensive inspection.
- El Dorado County and Sacramento Termite Inspection available.
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Termite, Beetle and Fungus Identification:
- Subterranean termites:
- If you’re a homeowner, subterranean termites are not welcome guests. The creamy-colored, 1/8” long subterranean termite, if left un-checked, can do major damage to the wood in your home, threatening its structural integrity. Found in all 50 states, subterranean termites live underground or in moist secluded areas above ground; however, they need moisture to survive, and their colonies can contain up to two million termites. You can pinpoint a subterranean termite infestation by the characteristic mud tubes the termites construct to gain access to wood and protect themselves from the open air. Subterranean termites can build these mud tunnels through cracks in concrete. The primary goal of subterranean termites is to find dead wood which they want to help decompose. Like all termite species, subterranean termites feed on substances containing cellulose, which is everything made of wood and some wood byproducts such as paper and cardboard.
- Drywood termites:
- Unlike subterranean termites, Drywood termites prefer to feast on and live in dry wood. They are similar to subterranean termites in size and color. Drywood termites form colonies of about 500 to 2,500 termites and they infest dry wood areas commonly inside walls, siding, trim, beams and door frames. Drywood termites can still cause significant damage to wooden structures. Control of these termites requires tenting and fumigating with Sulfuryl Fluoride or Heat Treatment. After control of the termite colony is achieved, monitoring the areas periodically is necessary.
- Dampwood termites:
- Dampwood termites love wood with a high moisture content. For this reason, dampwood termites are not often found in structures. However, when they find a moist wooden structure to inhabit, dampwood termites can still do significant damage, so dampwood termite control is important.
- Wood Boring Beetles:
- Not a termite however it can cause significant damage to your home! Wood boring beetles are commonly detected a few years after new construction. The lumber supply may have contained wood infected with beetle eggs or larvae, and since beetle life cycles can be one or more years, several years may pass before the presence of beetles becomes noticeable. Infestations are far more likely in areas with high humidity, such as poorly-ventilated crawl spaces. Housing with central heating/air-conditioning tends to cut the humidity of wood in the living areas to less than half of natural humidity, thus strongly reducing the likelihood of an infestation. Infested furniture should be removed from the house before the infestation spreads.
- Dry rot: (Fungus)
- Not a termite however it can cause significant damage to your home! Dry rot is wood decay caused by certain species of fungi that digest parts of the wood which give the wood strength and stiffness. It was previously used to describe any decay of cured wood in ships and buildings by a fungus which resulted in a darkly colored deteriorated and cracked condition.
ALL TERMITES ARE IMPORTANT FOR THE DECOMPOSITION OF DEAD WOOD.
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March through May is Subterranean Termite swarming season. When the temperatures get above 70 and the air has moisture in it from recent rainfall or when we are getting our sprinklers going, these guys build up their mud shelter tubes out of the ground, floor, wall or crack in concrete slab to send hundreds of swarmer’s out to start new colonies elsewhere. I have actually seen this happen 3-4 times out of the blue in the middle of the floor, as the picture shows, a shelter tube for the swarmers to fly out from. One time I saw this right under a recliner chair, I wish we had cell phones like now I would have took a picture of that one. Be on the lookout for these oddities that can appear in just a day or two. You know who to call when or if this happens.