Both dry wood termites and underground termites can survive within San Diego city limits and are not limited to more rural areas. They chew on bricks, concrete, plastic, drywall, and other building materials to reach wooden fountains.
San Diego(KGTV) — San Diego is among the top cities for termites, according to a new Orkin ranking. Formosa termite, a type of underground termite, particularly affects homes in San Diego County.
Known as “supertermites”, they are the most aggressive species known with a voracious appetite for wood. The termite species has a pale yellow to brownish-yellow color and translucent wings covered with dense, tiny hairs. A distinctive feature is the shape of the head, while native underground termites have rectangular heads, Formosan termite soldiers have heads that taper towards the front and are rounded on the sides. The spawning season for this termite is from May to September.
These termites occur in the early afternoon and when the temperature of the day exceeds 88 degrees Fahrenheit. There are different types of termites that attack homes here in San Diego and in Southern California. The type that causes the most damage are underground and formose termites. They are most commonly identified by the mud tubes they create in wood, which is basically a way of creating their own humid environment.
Underground termites don't crawl through your walls to let you know they're eating the wood in your house. What you'll probably see first are small changes in the structure of your house. Cracks can start to form in the paint as you change houses. Floors may start to sink in some areas.
Hardwood floors can start to become noticeably uneven as termites attack the subsoil. You might start to notice windows sticking. Termites weaken the structure of your home and this can cause the structure to deform. That's not how you want to know that your house is infested with termites.
Depending on where the underground termites are located during our inspection, different control methods than dry wood termites may be necessary. If underground termites are found coming from your subarea, we generally recommend trenching and treating the soil and dock posts around your home. Sometimes, there may be only one area infested with underground termites, in this case, localized treatment may be an available option. It made sense for the El Cajón pest control operator to go to UCR scientists to help him determine if the Formosa marauder had prepared for the La Mesa cleanup.
Talking to Rust made me think that I would have mixed feelings about living in San Diego if I were a thermitologist. Western underground termite colonies are generally found in the ground, below the freezing line, but above the water table and rock formations. Outdoor sidewalks sometimes need to be drilled and treated along with trenching and treating the surrounding soil to ensure the eradication of underground termites. Underground termites swarm in spring and summer, while dry wood termites usually swim in late summer and fall.
Underground desert termites are common in the lower deserts of Northwest Mexico, Southern California, and Southern Arizona. If you bought a home in San Diego that installed liquid termiticide in the surrounding soil, you might think you don't have to worry about termites. The access panel will allow inspection and treatment of the area, as underground termites often enter buildings through openings in water pipes. Lloyd is the only pest control company in San Diego County with a full-time entomologist on staff; it is the largest and one of the oldest exterminators in the county.
Among the half-dozen termite species that researchers collected that morning were soldiers and workers who looked a lot like Formosans. Unlike underground termites, which is much more common in California, dry wood termites only swarm in places where the climate is warm. Underground termite treatment can also be applied after construction (after construction) by injecting insecticide into the soil or digging a trench around structures and treating the soil directly. Because the root of the colony is always in the soil, control of underground termites generally involves applying insecticide to the soil.
Termites are active pests that infest built-up parts of California, from Redding to San Francisco, to Fresno and Salinas, Santa Maria, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, San Diego, Riverside, and Orange County. So Rust says he had wondered if maybe the initial consensus wasn't right, that is, maybe California was too dry for formose termites to survive here above ground. . .