UC Davis says that Western subterranean termites are the most destructive type of termite in California. Subterranean termite swarming is seen usually in the spring and fall, when it is both warm and moist, an ideal environment. California is currently experiencing plague-like infestations in many urban areas of Southern California including areas in Los Angeles, OrangeCounty, Pasadena, Riverside and San Bernardino. Current estimates by experts state that up to 20 percent of Southern California homes will be considered high activity areas within the next few years.
There are several big problems when dealing with Western subterranean termites. First, they devour the internal portion of wood quite fast while leaving a thin outer layer of wood left. This causes a lot of damage and compromises the structural integrity of the building. The bad news doesn’t stop there. By the time the Western subterranean termites swarm, there is already a large established colony that has gone unnoticed. They will force themselves into new structures during their constant search for more food, even pushing through cracks in concrete and tile to get to more wood.
Typically, subterranean termites nest in the moisture of the ground and branch out through mud tunnels for up to 100 yards from the main colony. However, if there has been a moisture problem in a building, say from faulty plumbing or recent flood or rain damage, they can nest in the moist wood. This is a huge issue because removes their dependence on the ground, allowing the colony to grow and even thrive on the wet food source. They will even create mud tunnels and “shelter tubes” to create access to new wood food sources from this new colony location, only spreading their destruction through the structure.
Tiger Termite strongly advises against disturbing a subterranean termite colony if you come across it. Termites are survivors and will simply slink away to another area of the structure where you cannot see them and continue destroying your home or business. Instead, contact us to arrange a free inspection. We can treat the area with Termidor, America’s number one defense against subterranean termites. This insecticide bait is transmitted from termite to termite while they groom, feed and build, killing the entire colony instead of simply driving them into hiding.