What are termites?
A threat to any property owner who lives in Orange County, termites are not pests that home or business owners want to tango with. These tiny insects work together to cause significant structural damage inside any home or business.
Termites are one of the very few organisms able to convert cellulose into a usable source of food. They feed on sound or decaying wood depending on their species. Sometimes they will also feed on things like drywall, foam, plastics, and even sheet metal.
Termites are social insects, and though they aren't related to ants, like ants, they divide their colonies into different groups, each tasked with its own responsibilities. The workers provide the most work, gathering food, maintaining the nest, and looking after the young. Soldiers help guard the nest against harm, and reproductives are the fertile males and females that produce more termites.
Are termites dangerous?
Our homes provide an all-you-can-eat buffet for termites that is open 24/7. Termites are not pests that cause direct harm to people or spread diseases that we need to be concerned with, but the structural damage they cause is significant. Across the United States, each year, termites create over five billion dollars in damage.
Why do I have a termite problem?
Termites are a year-round pest problem, especially in Orange County, where our warm climate enables them to remain active throughout the year. At any point in the year, termites could plague your property.
Mature termites colonies will produce swarmers – flying reproductive adults. The swarms usually occur during the day. The adults emerge from the nest, looking for a mate, and begin a new colony of their own. If you witness a termite swarm, know that termites are nesting nearby, either on your property or a neighboring property. Termite swarmers will lose their wings fairly quickly. To protect themselves, they will quickly move to and hide in leaves, fallen trees, wood debris, or the nearest structure, putting your home at risk for an infestation.
Where will I find termites?
When termites are in our homes, it can take time before you'll notice an infestation because they get in through pieces of wood that make direct contact with the ground or cracks in the foundation that are hidden.
Once they have found a suitable food source indoors, they will exploit it until the food is gone. Below are some common places to discover these wood-eating pests.
- Structural wood near pipes, drains, or in areas of poor ventilation
- Ceilings beams
- Wood around windows and doors
- Antique furniture
How do I get rid of termites?
At Cura Termite and Pest Control, we can provide effective treatments to eliminate termites and the routine services necessary to prevent them from returning. We are experts in offering green pest control and termite control solutions. Our professionals keep people and properties protected from destructive termites. You can trust us with your termite control needs.
If you are ready to learn more about our termite control offerings and want to partner with us to protect your Orange County home or business from termites, give us a call today!
How can I prevent termites in the future?
Don't let termites eat you out of house and home. The best way to avoid problems with termites in your Orange County home is to partner with Cura Termite and Pest Control and implement the following prevention tips:
- Eliminate the moisture that termites are looking for by repairing leaky faucets and water lines indoors and outdoors.
- Remove damp or rotten wood from your yard or home.
- Make sure your yard has proper drainage.
- Limit wood to soil contact on fences, porch steps, deck posts, and wooden shingles or door trim.
- Routinely check foundations for signs of mud tubes.
- Repair cracks in your foundation.