The Trick To Avoiding Termite Damage In Los Angeles

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Termites can do significant and costly damage to your Los Angeles home. These wood-eating pests are often present in homes for months or even years before homeowners know there's even a problem. Los Angeles has a high termite population density and sees a lot of activity from termites. If you own a house in the Los Angeles area and are concerned about the possibility of a termite infestation in your home or the damage it can cause, it is in your best interest to consult Excel Pest Management for effective Los Angeles pest control for termites.

Signs Of Termite Damage You Should Look Out For

Termites leave evidence of their presence, so it's possible to spot the signs before they've done a lot of damage. The key to knowing where to look for termites is understanding what to look for. Signs of termites include:

  • Paint that is flaking or bubbling
  • Wood that, when tapped, has a hollow sound to it
  • Tubes made of mud attached to the inside or the outside of buildings or wooden beams
  • Swarmer wings that termites have discarded.
  • Frass, which is termite excrement that resembles sawdust

Despite being small, termites can cause severe damage to your home's structure. They can feed on floors, beams, posts, wall studs, ceiling joists, floor joists, and roof supports, leaving your home structurally unsound and in need of costly repairs.

Just A Few Termites Or An Infestation?

Despite their inability to see, termites forage for food. If one finds your home, opens a crack to investigate, and finds edible wood, it may share with its colony. They blend in well and are generally hidden out of sight, so seeing them may be tough.

It takes years for a termite colony to generate swarmers to reach the size required to create swarmers. There is likely a sizable termite colony within a building if swarmers are emerging in such numbers. A termite swarm is transient; you might find it in the house, the soil around the house, or outside the house itself.

It's essential to keep in mind that just eliminating the swarmers won't help the situation. Emerging swarmers are a sign of a well-established colony, and your termite problem will continue to thrive unless you eliminate the original colony. Excel Pest Management provides termite control services that will ensure your termite problem is fully eradicated.

Repairing Termite Damage

Termites leave behind weakened and hollow wood after they have tunneled through it. Not sure how to repair termite damage? Here are some commonly used methods:

  • Use wood hardeners to restore the strength of the wood that has suffered minimal damage by filling holes or gaps.
  • Sealants can cut off the air supply that termites in damaged wood need to survive.
  • Wood fillers are an effective method for patching up cracks and holes caused by damage to the wood.
  • Remove the damaged boards and replace them with fresh wood resistant to termites.
  • Repair any damaged wood by securing it with supporting boards.

Work with a professional termite control company to eliminate the infestation and ensure your home is free of these pests before beginning any repairs. Once you have them under control, you will be able to evaluate the extent of the damage and devise a strategy for repairing it.

Total Termite Control Services: No Problem Too Big Or Small

Excel Pest Management is the best in termite treatments, eliminating live infestations, and providing preventive termite control. Our services are second to none. A single colony of termites is capable of causing tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage to a building, and we don't want that to happen to you.

Our termite services range from localized treatments to cutting-edge barrier treatments for prevention so that we can meet all of your termite-related needs. Because we can see the results of this service year after year, we are delighted to be able to provide it to our clients. Call us to find out more.