No homeowners want to hear that their house has termites. Those small bugs certainly do a lot of costly damage to a home if they aren’t taken care of quickly. They can damage the wood structures within your home, causing them to need to be repaired or replaced.
The longer you let termites go, the more damage they can do and the more expensive it can be to eradicate them. If you catch them early, you may only need to bring in a termite company to do a spot treatment, like orange oil termite treatment or heat treatment, However, if they have infested multiple parts of your home, it may require that your house be completely tented. Termite tenting is very effective, but it does create more of a disruption to your life. In addition, you may have to pay to have wood repair done to the areas that were damaged.
This is why we tell homeowners to contact us at the first sign of termites. Catching them early can save you a ton of money and hassle.
How Do You Know If Your Home Has Termites?
There are several different insects that look similar to termites in Murrieta and Temecula. Many times, people will just think they have a small ant infestation, when in fact, they have termites. That’s why we created a pest identification page on our website to help you tell if you have termites as opposed to a harmless bug.
We’ve included detailed pages about Drywood termites and Subterranean termites. These pages describe the characteristics of these two types of termites that are common to the Murrieta and Temecula areas and they go into detail about their telltale signs. For example, if you have Subterranean termites, you will likely see their mud tubes around your house. If you have Drywood termites, you will start seeing small piles of what looks like sawdust in or around your house. You wouldn’t necessarily see these things unless you knew to look for them—especially if you are a new homeowner or one who has never dealt with termites before.
For many homeowners, the only time they do a termite inspection is when they first buy their home and again when they go to sell it. We recommend having a termite inspection done every few years, just for your peace of mind. Think of it like regular maintenance. Hopefully the termite inspector will find no evidence of termites and you can sleep better at night. But if your inspector does find termites, you can take care of them in a timely manner and hopefully avoid expensive repairs.
Contact us at Knockout Pest Control & Termite to learn more about termite inspections in Murrieta and Temecula or to schedule your appointment.