Termites eat wood and if left unchecked, will cause serious damage to the structural integrity of homes and other buildings. It is estimated that termites cause over 1 billion dollars in damage to homes throughout the United States each year. A typical homeowner's insurance policy does not cover this type of damage. The only way to assess the integrity of a structure is to conduct a proper inspection. Stanley Pest Control's trained team of inspectors will thoroughly inspect your home to identify termite infestations, wood destroying organisms, as well as other risk factors that can lead to future problems. After the inspection, the inspector will inform you of any issues, and provide information on the best control options for ensuring the protection of your home. Termites swarm once or twice a year, and you may never see them. But just because you cannot see them, does not mean they are not there.
We thoroughly inspect your home or business, looking for the tell-tale signs of termite infestation. Some of the things we look for are:
In addition, we offer Escrow Inspections.
Subterranean termites (Reticulitermes hesperus) are extremely destructive. They build tunnels to wooden structures, and burrow into those structrues to obtain food. Any wood or cellulose-containing material constitues food for a termite. Given time, termites will eat until nothing is left but a shell, causing serious damage to a structure's integrity. Termites avoid light and air, so they build colonies where homeowners are not likely to see them.
A subterranean termite infestation begins in warm weather and rainfall triggers an established colony to send out swarmers of winged termites. They are usually confused with ants, but are smaller than ants. After mating, swarmer termites land and shed their wings, leaving piles of wings on windowsills of your home. Subterranean termites then build large colonies underground which are composed of elaborate tunnels and chambers. Worker termites then construct protective tunnels made of mud. If mud tubes are visible on the walls or foundations of your home, it's highly likely that you are experiencing a subterranean termite infestation.
The western drywood termite (Incisitermes minor) is California's second most important wood destroying pest - second only to the western subterranean termite. This species is native to California and has been here for millions of years, mostly attacking trees along rivers and creeks. Drywood termites are common in southern California, and the Central Valley, but can also be found infesting wood along the coast and desert regions.
Because of the difficulty in detecting drywood termites and determining the extent of their damage, do-it-yourself treatments are not recommended. Pest control professionals are highly trained in detection and control methods. Except for wood removal, homeowners should seek help from pest control professionals.
Drywood termites are secretive insects and are difficult to detect. They live deep inside wood and, except during periods when they swarm, or when repair work is being done on infested homes, they are seldom seen. Colonies are small (usually up to 5,000), can be widely dispersed, and take years to mature.
During an inspection for drywood termites, inspectors look for feeding damage, shed wings, termite fecal pellets, and kick-out holes. A kick-out hole is a small hole the size of a BB shot through which termites push fecal pellets out of the wood. Fecal pellets, hexagonal in shape, are a tell-tale sign of a drywood infestation.
To control these unwanted pests and provide you with peace of mind, we provide effective treatment plan options, including: