Termites are a serious threat to homes and other structures throughout San Diego County. These small pests invade millions of homes every year and cause billions of dollars’ worth of damage. Termites are found throughout the country in every state except Alaska. They are a significant threat in San Diego County and have the ability to cause large scale damage to your property. As a homeowner, it is important to understand the basics of how termites get into your home so you can take steps to protect it. Your home is always at risk for termites but termite swarming season is a time of year when your home is at an increased risk for developing an infestation.
What is termite swarming season?
To understand termite swarming season you need to start by learning about termite swarmers. Termite swarmers are winged termites. These winged termites leave an established colony and go out in search of a new home. The swarmers are reproductive termites which means that they are able to begin populating a new colony once they decide on a location. Termite swarming season is the time of year when your home is at the highest risk of developing an infestation.
When do termites swarm in San Diego County?
Termite swarmers are active during certain times of the year. The most common time of year to see termites swarming is during the warmer months and after rainfall. There are different types of termites in this area – subterranean and drywood – and each type has unique behavior when it comes to swarming. In general, you can expect to see termite swarmer activity when it is warm outside. The temperate weather in California creates an environment that is friendly to subterranean and drywood termite activity. This means that you need to provide your home with constant protection against the threat of termite swarmers.
What can I do to protect my home from termite swarmers?
Learning more about the behavior of termite swarmers is a good first step toward protecting your home from these pests. Now that you generally understand termite swarming season, you can be on the lookout for termite swarmers while the weather is warm. Drywood termite swarmers are dark to reddish brown with wings that extend longer than their bodies by about 1/8 to 1/4 inches. If you notice one or several termite swarmers near your home, reach out to a termite professional right away. It is important to take quick action against the termite swarmers so they do not have the opportunity to establish a colony in your home. The first step in the process of protecting your home from termite swarmers is to get a termite inspection from a licensed professional. A termite inspection includes a complete evaluation of your home to determine if there are signs of termite activity or areas of concern that make your home more vulnerable to an infestation. Once the termite inspection is complete, you can set your home up with treatment to eliminate an active infestation or get preventative services to address the areas that make your home vulnerable to an infestation.
Your home in San Diego County is always at risk for a termite infestation – whether it is officially termite swarming season or not. The best way to protect your home from an infestation and serious termite damage is with the help of a termite professional. Start the process of protecting your home from termites by scheduling a free home inspection with Nixtermite*.
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