Drywood termites infest dry, undecayed wood, including structural lumber as well as dead limbs of native trees and shade orchard trees, utility poles, posts and lumber in storage. Power Termite Control offers termite damage repair in Los Angeles, CA. Winged reproductives seasonally migrate to nearby buildings and other structures usually on sunny days during fall months. Drywood termites are most prevalent in Southern California ( including the desert areas ), but also occur along most Coastal Regions and in the Central Valley.
Drywood termites have low moisture requirement and can tolerate dry conditions for prolonged periods. Studies showed that drywood termites are heat/temperature sensitive. They remain entirely above ground and do not connect their nests to the soil. Piles of their fecal pellets, which are distinctive in appearance, may be a clue to their presence. The fecal pellets are elongated (about 3/100 inch long) with rounded ends and have six flattened or roundly depressed surfaces separated by six longitudinal ridges. They vary considerably in color, but appear granular and salt and pepper like in color and appearance. Winged adults of western drywood termites are dark brown with smoky black wings and have a reddish brown head and thorax; wing veins are black. These insects are noticeably larger than subterranean termites.
Drywood termite treatment include whole structure application of fumigants or heat and localized or spot treatments of chemicals or treatments that use heat, freezing, microwaves, or electricity. Techniques to prevent infestations of this species include the use of chemicals, pressure treated wood, barriers and resistant woods.
When planning treatment of drywood termites consider whether the whole house structure is to be treated or just localized areas. Difficulty in determining the extent of a drywood termite infestation makes localized/spot treatments difficult to ensure complete control. There also appears to have considerable variations in the effectiveness of various techniques from applicator to applicator. Read your guarantee carefully; you may wish to consider an annual inspection service. Also important is a company's reputation. Obtain at least 3 vendor bids before you decide. Check the reliability of the vendor by asking for client referrals and check the status of its business license and consumer complaints with the California Structural Pest Control Board in Sacramento and with your local Better Business Bureau. Orange oil, borates and non-repellents are registered to control/exterminate drywood termites. Call Us now as we offer Termite Control Services in Los Angeles, CA.