How To Determine The Type Of Termite Infestation – KHTS Radio

People watch on television or the news about termite infestations but what happens when it happens in your own household?

Cardon Ellis from Santa Claritas Unipest pest control was talking with a customer about termite infestation. Cardon asked him what kind of termite he has, and the customer did not know there is a difference.

Its going to determine whether or not we have to tent your house or not, Ellis said.

Even though termites have many things in common, the difference with termites is to determine whether its a dry wood or a subterranean termite.

Cardon Ellis gives a history lesson telling us about 170 million years ago they evolved into roaches due to developing a protozoon in their gut.

This allows them to process or eat cellulose debris in which most other insects cant allowing them to become this single most destructive structural insect in North America, Ellis said.

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He also shares a fun fact that termites cause more damage than natural disasters. It costs about 5 billion a year in the United States alone.

Now, to determine what type of termite you are dealing with: look for termite droppings. These will look like sawdust pellets coming out of the wood of the house. Termites love to chew on the wood, so the protozoa processes the cellulose out of the wood and that is when they poop out the sawdust pellets.

Another way to determine the termite: look for mud tubes. They love to take soil up with them and create mud tubes. This is because they are trying to protect the moisture of the colony. This is common in Santa Clarita.

Lastly to determine the termite: look at the termites. Whenever it rains or 77-degrees at night the termites swarm out. This is how they reproduce as well.

If the termite has lighter wings, small and dark black bodies then you are dealing with a subterranean termite.

If the termite has a dark red or brown body and has a large vein-like wing then you are dealing with a dry wood termite.

If you still have questions give them a call and set up your free inspection!

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The Santa Clarita pest control companyUnipestis the premiere residential and commercial pest control company for Los Angeles County. If youre looking for pest control in Santa Clarita or surrounding areas, Unipest prides itself on being your one-stop solution, and offers orange oil treatments, bee hive removal, fumigation, escrow inspections, removal of bed bugs, organic pest control and more. Unipest offers termite control in Santa Clarita as well. Residents and business owners looking for pest control near me or termite control near me are encouraged to call Unipest for immediate assistance.


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