Nobody wants termites in their home or place of business—they can do a lot of expensive damage—so many property owners tend to keep an eye out for anything that looks like a termite. After all, catching them early and getting rid of them in a timely manner is key to minimizing the damage to a structure. Continue reading “Is that a Termite? How to Distinguish Termites from Other Temecula Pests” »
Pest Control & Termite Blog
Termites can be a big problem for Temecula homeowners, and Knockout Pest Control is here to help if termites have made their way into your home. But there are also things you can do—certain preventative measures you can take—to help keep termites from taking up residence in your home.
Know the Common Entry Points for Termites
Subterranean termites are the most common type of termite found in Temecula. As their name implies, they reside largely underground. Because of this, the most common way for termites to get inside your home is through wood-to-ground contact. Decks, wood support posts holding up a patio cover, and doorframes are all areas you should keep an eye on.
Subterranean termites can also find their way inside and do their damage through cracks in your foundation. They only need a crack as small as 1/32 inch (roughly the width of a paperback book cover) to get in. And once they’re in, they begin feasting on your home’s studs and wood bracing.
They can gain access to your house above the ground as well. By using mud tubes for protection, they can travel up the side of your house until they find a point of entry. Keep an eye out for mud tubes, and contact a Temecula termite control company as soon as you spot one.
Drywood termites, on the other hand, can get in almost anywhere there is a crack or opening in your home. The most common place for drywood termites to start their damage is in the eaves of your home. They can also get in through an open window or door.
Preventing Termites in Your Temecula Home
One way to help keep your home free of termites is to keep wood away from your home as much as possible. Woodpiles and wood structures (like doghouses) should be located away from the home. Wood mulch should also not be used right next to your house. Opt for gravel or rubber mulch instead.
Building patio covers and decks out of composite wood materials is another way to prevent termites. Yes, the materials are usually more expensive up front, but it can be well worth the cost if it keeps termites from doing expensive damage to your home.
Seal any cracks in your home’s foundation and store infrequently-used items in plastic (rather than cardboard) boxes—especially in your attic and garage, where there is usually exposed wood. Fix any leaky pipes right away, as termites are attracted to water.
If you have any wood on the outside of your home (like door or window frames, a wood deck, or wood patio cover), make sure it is either painted or sealed with quality wood sealant.
Contact Knockout Pest Control & Termite for a Termite Inspection in Temecula
If you suspect you already have termites or want to know more about how to keep termites from getting in your home, contact Knockout for a termite inspection. We can come to your Temecula, Murrieta, or Fallbrook home and give you our recommendations for termite control and termite treatment.
If you’ve ever bought or sold a home, you know that part of the process usually involves what is commonly called a “termite inspection.” This type of inspection generates what is officially called a Wood-Destroying Organism (WDO) report. The report outlines the findings of the inspection of a property—inside and out—and makes recommendations for needed repairs, as well as for the extermination of any termites or other wood-destroying pests. Continue reading “Termite Inspections and WDO Reports That Won’t Hold Up Your Fallbrook or Temecula Real Estate Transaction” »
Black widow spiders are quite common in Fallbrook and the surrounding areas. This may sound alarming to some readers, since black widows are known to be venomous, but fortunately, the spiders are not generally aggressive. They won’t bite unless they feel threatened. However, a spider has no way of telling the difference between an active child that has “invaded” their space, a curious pet, or a real threat, so it’s important to call a pest control company to take care of black widows before they have a chance to bite. Continue reading “Entertaining Outdoors This Summer? Get Rid of Black Widows Now!” »
Ground squirrels are a particularly annoying and destructive type of landscape and garden pest. Not only can they destroy plants or consume your garden’s fruits and vegetables, but they can also do considerable damage to sprinkler heads and irrigation lines. They can even topple trees and large shrubs if their burrows disrupt the root systems too much, or kill trees by stripping them of their bark. In rare circumstances, ground squirrels can do costly damage to buildings or other structures by burrowing beneath the foundation. Continue reading “When Ground Squirrels Invade, Your Fallbrook Pest Control Company Can Help” »
As we drive around the Temecula and Fallbrook areas this time of year, we see lots of flower and vegetable gardens popping up. Gardening can be a fun and rewarding activity, except when garden and landscape pests sneak in and literally consume the fruits of your labor!
Insects can do a good amount of damage to a garden, but even worse are rabbits, ground squirrels, gophers, rats, and birds, all of which are capable of destroying large portions of your garden virtually overnight. Continue reading “Landscape and Garden Pest Control for Temecula and Fallbrook Homes” »
Knockout Pest Control and Termite is best known in Fallbrook as a company that, as our name implies, rids homes and businesses of common pests, including termites, and fixes the damage they have caused. However, our company is also equipped to repair damage to homes that have been affected by dry rot. Continue reading “More Than Just Pest Control—Knockout Does Dry Rot Repair in Fallbrook” »
If you’re like many of our Fallbrook pest control customers, you may be experiencing an abundance of a certain type of pest this spring that you may not have noticed in years past: crane flies. Crane flies look like giant mosquitos or like daddy long legs spiders with wings, given their long spindly legs. Their numbers are up this year due to the exceptionally wet winter we had in the Fallbrook and Temecula areas, which has provided the ideal conditions for crane fly larvae. Continue reading “Crane Flies (aka Mosquito Hawk): An Annoying, But Harmless Fallbrook Pest” »
As we mentioned in our last blog post, spring is the time of year when we get the most calls to come out to Temecula homes and businesses for termite control. This is because in spring, termites are the most active, and most easily spotted by the untrained eye. Continue reading “The Life and Behavior of a Subterranean Termite” »
Termites are active year round, causing costly damage to wood structures in Temecula. However, most of the year, termites are virtually unseen—doing their work behind the scenes. But, in spring, the subterranean termites that are local to Temecula make a brief appearance, giving Temecula homeowners the opportunity to spot an infestation that they may not be able to see during the rest of the year. Continue reading “Spring is Here—Time to Be on the Lookout for Termites, and Call for Termite Treatment in Temecula!” »