Your home is a significant investment. The last thing you need is unexpected wood damage. Many things can ruin the wood of your home, such as moisture, wind, fire, and pests. Today, we're going to talk about that last one and we're going to focus our attention on termites because they are the most destructive wood-damaging insects in the United States.

The good news is that you don't have to let termites ruin the wood inside your home. If you know how to detect them and deal with them, you can prevent damage. You can also get help from HomeShield Pest Control for pest control in Los Angeles County. We offer comprehensive termite control, damage repair, and proactive termite protection. Here's everything you need to know about dealing with termite damage in Los Angeles County.

Signs Of Termite Damage

One of the most important ways you can protect your home against termite damage is to perform routine inspections or contact a licensed pest professional and have them perform routine termite inspections for youThe reason termites are so destructive is that they're incredibly sneaky. Damage can go on for years without detection.

How are they sneaky? They avoid light and stay inside their tunnels where it is moist. You're not likely to see termite activity in your home until it is too late unless you take the time to perform a termite inspection. Look for the following warning signs:

  • Subterranean termites create shelter tubes made of soil and saliva. You may find these tubes outside or inside your home. Look for shelter tubes in dark, shaded, and moist areas on the outside. You may see them on a foundation wall behind landscape vegetation, inside a crawl space, or underneath a deck. They can be in the open as well. You might notice a wiggly mud line on brick steps or running up the side of an exterior door frame. On the inside of your home, look for shelter tubes in dark, humid spaces. It is not uncommon to find them in bathrooms or cabinets underneath kitchen sinks.
  • Subterranean termites use mud to patch holes in their tunnel walls. When these insects have infested a thick support timber, you may notice these mud patches. Tap on the timber to see if it sounds hollow. If it does, you have a termite problem.
  • Drywood termites feed on hardwood and produce a material called frass. You may find frass leaking out of a gap, crack, or hole. The frass you find will be the same color as the wood the termites eat. For this reason, you may mistake frass for sawdust. In either case, you should take notice of this warning sign because the wood of your home doesn't produce sawdust on its own. You have a pest problem.
  • Drywood termites can create holes for you to see. Look for changes to the wood of your home. While holes will not be proof positive that you have a termite infestation, you should address the pest or fungal issue that is causing the damage. When you do, you're likely to be able to tell if you have a drywood termite problem as you'll uncover the termites as you make repairs to the wood.
  • All termite colonies produce winged termites. When you find winged termites in your yard, it is evidence that termites are currently damaging your home because winged termites don't travel far from where they hatch. If you find winged termites inside your home, it is a warning sign of a severe infestation.
  • Winged termites, also called swarmers, gather together in a swarm when they mate. The mating process takes less than thirty minutes. Often, winged termites appear and disappear before detection. During the mating process, the termites shed their wings. You may find these wings on the ground, on surfaces, or in spider webs on your property.
  • When you pick up dead branches in your yard, you have an opportunity to detect termites. Worker termites are about 1/8 of an inch long and milky colored. Some describe them as looking like fat, white ants, while others describe them as maggots with legs. If you see worker termites on a dead branch in your yard, there is little doubt that you have an infestation.
  • If you have mulch around your home, rake a section of your mulch and look underneath. You may find workers, soldiers, or winged termites.
  • If you have wooden objects in your yard or stacked wood, pick the wood up off the ground and look underneath. You may find termite workers or soldiers.
  • If you have a wooden fence or wooden posts that enter the soil, you may be able to detect termite activity. Inspect around the base of posts that enter the ground.
  • If you have a stump or log in your yard, you may be able to saw into it and detect termite activity within.
  • If you have stacked cardboard, magazines, clothing, or some other material that consists of cellulose in your garage or shed, you may inspect these items for worker termites.

When you detect termites, what is the next step? Can you just ignore them? We wouldn't recommend it. Termites can damage your property for years and cause costly damage right under your nose. It is essential to address your termite problem with effective termite control you can trust.

In Los Angeles, contact HomeShield Pest Control. We can guide you toward the right solution for you, and we provide all of the options you need.   

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Can You Repair Termite Damage To Your Home?

You can repair termite damage if you catch it early. Irreparable damage occurs when termites are not detected and are allowed to weaken load-bearing timbers. Weak timbers can allow the structure of your home to warp. In most cases, it doesn't get to this point.

If you've found damage that looks unfixable, it may not be as bad as you think. Reach out to HomeShield Pest Control for an inspection. Our trained and experienced technicians detect termite activity, find termite damage, and use specialized training to fix the damage with our wood repair and construction service.

How Long Can Termite Damage In Your Home Go Unnoticed?

It is hard to detect signs of termites in your home before these insects have had time to do damage. Exterior warning signs are best for detecting termite activity early. We're not talking about looking for signs of termites in your yard. You need to use the tips provided above to inspect the exterior of your home, voids under structures, and your crawlspace if you have one. If you actively do this, termites can't damage your home for long.

Unfortunately, many Los Angeles residents don't routinely inspect for termite warning signs. They wait until they see the undeniable warning sign of winged termites emerging indoors. Please don't wait to see a termite swarm in your house!

  • A termite nest doesn't produce swarmers for years. If you wait until you see termites in your house, you'll give termites three to six years to damage your home. 
  • A nest that releases swarmers into your home is close to or inside your home. Finding termite swarmers in your home doesn't only mean that termites have had years to damage your home; it also means the damage is likely extensive.
  • Swarmers are usually released outside and go undetected. When you finally see swarmers, termites may have had six or more years to damage your home. They could have released winged termites outside of your home several times before releasing them inside by mistake.

We realize that the information we just shared may make you nervous if you have found termites inside your home, and that is why you've come to this article. If you have, don't panic. Our termite control specialists may still be able to fix the damage.

Wood Restoration Treatment In Los Angeles County

Avoiding termite damage is better than dealing with termite damage. We hope you use the inspection tips we provide above and catch termites early. If you have to deal with termite damage, it is best to go with a company that takes care of everything. Let the team here at HomeShield Pest Control guide you toward the best solution for you.

  • We locate termite activity, termite damage, fungus problems, and dry rot.
  • We can scrape and treat patches on wood to address dry rot or fungus.
  • We repair or salvage termite-damaged wood if possible.
  • We replace wood where necessary. 
  • Our experienced carpenters will seal wood when repairing termite damage, to prevent future termite infestations.
  • Since we are a termite control company, we can treat wood with a preventative solution that works to prevent fungus and termite damage. 
  • Our wood repair team has over 75 combined years of experience.
  • We offer a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee on this service.
  • Our job is to make your home look beautiful again.

At HomeShield Pest Control, we provide better termite control because we offer comprehensive services.