Termites pose a silent, yet very real threat to homes in Carmel, California and the surrounding areas. They can quietly live and multiply in your home, yard, or business without any obvious signs of the damage they are causing. Over time, they can cause extensive damage to a property, eating through wood material including house walls, doors, porches, fences, and even shelves and furniture.
How big of a threat are termites? Each year, termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage. Working 24/7, they cause more damage than fires, floods and tornadoes. Each colony can contain several hundred thousand termites, and there are often multiple colonies found in a single home.
Subterranean termites, one of the fastest wood destroying species of termites in our area, start their destructive path by building tunnels to wooden structures. Then, they burrow into those structures to obtain food. Any wood or cellulose-containing material constitutes termite food. Given time, termites will eat until nothing is left but a shell. Termites avoid light and air, so they build their colonies where you’re not likely to stumble upon them.
Is It a Termite or an Ant?
With similar characteristics, termites and ants are often confused. If you see an insect that you think might be a termite, there are a few ways to distinguish them.
– Straight antennae – Bent antennae
– Thick waists – Narrow waists
– Wings are much longer than body – Wings are about the same length of body
Termite Prevention Starts with Termite Inspection
Don’t assume your home is termite-free just because you’ve never seen them. They only swarm once or twice a year, and they are often overlooked. To protect your home or business, we recommend a complete termite inspection to look for the tell-tale signs of termite infestation. At Ailing House Pest Management, Inc. our team of licensed, experienced technicians is trained to look for:
- Mud tubes built for traveling above ground
- Damaged or hollow-sounding wood
- Pinholes in drywall or wallpaper
- Small piles of pellets
- Piles of small wings
- Other specific termite indicators
We offer limited, complete estimates, and any competitive bids that you may request for either your home or commercial property. Call us for more details at 831-624-8211.
Advanced, Thorough Termite Treatments
With decades of experience treating termite infestations, Ailing House Pest Management, Inc. is the right choice for termite control. We are proud to offer the most advanced technology and industry-leading preventative and corrective treatments.
To control these unwanted pests, we provide a variety of effective treatment options including:
- Full structure fumigation that provides a two year warranty (termite house tenting)
- Localized treatment to treat a specific area where termites have been identified
- Soil treatment to control subterranean termites
Don’t Take Chances with Termites
Contact us today to schedule a termite inspection for your home or business. We serve Carmel and the entire Monterey Peninsula.