Destructive “Super Termites” found in San Diego Termite Inspections
A pest which was thought to have been eradicated in the 1990’s, has returned with a vengeance to plague homes near San Diego in the La Mesa area, and these varmints can do a lot more damage, in much less time, to the structure of your home. The Formosan Subterranean Termite was accidentally introduced to the area somewhere in the early 1990’s, and although it was thought to have been eliminated, it has recently been re-discovered and is now considered by local experts to have a strong foothold in the area. As a precautionary measure, it would be a wise decision for every homeowner who is near or around the San Diego area to order a San Diego Home and Termite inspection.
What are super termites?
The Formosan Subterranean Termites are deemed to be ‘Super Termites’ by virtue of their high-volume swarming habits, with millions congregating in a single colony. This allows them to cause serious structural damage to a home in a mere six months, as opposed to the usual 10 or 15 years that is expected of the garden variety termite. Worst of all, they can easily go undetected, because they have a habit of staying beneath the paint surface of any wood, so their huge numbers are seldom identified.
This discovery is even worse news than it sounds, since San Diego is already ranked #11 out of the Top 50 cities in the country for having a termite problem. Many cities in California and the coastal Southeast are plagued by termite infestations, providing ideal weather for colony growth, and San Diego is no exception. The rankings of cities bothered by infestations is issued by pest control giant Orkin, who based their information on the number of first-time termite inspections and treatments which servicemen have been called upon to make in cities across the country.
Protecting your home against termite infestations
It’s always best to be proactive with regard to protecting your home against a termite infestation, simply because the damage can be so extensive if your home does turn out to be infested. You or a termite inspector in San Diego should check for signs of a termite colony, which include: spotting swarms of winged insects near your home, discarded wings from those insects, mud tubes in crawl spaces or on wooden beams, as well as hollow-sounding wood and bubbling or cracked paint on exterior walls.
Termite Inspections in the San Diego Area & Northern California
If you have any doubt about a possible infestation, contact HomeGuard, your Northern California and San Diego termite inspection specialists. We will carry out a thorough termite inspection of your home to help identify active and former termite infestations, provide repair service to affected areas, and recommend prevention strategies as well. We vow to help keep your home safe from future infestations. Call Call (855) 331-1900 or order an inspection online.