That’s Not An Elf on the Shelf

A Holiday Message about Drywood Termite Damage


Christmas-ElfAs the holiday season approaches, you might tell your children that Santa’s elves are hard at work determining who’s a good boy or girl so Santa can finalize his list. You might even have your own “Elf on the Shelf” who hides throughout the house reporting all good and bad deeds to Santa.

However, if you notice disturbances in your attic, garage, or wooden shelves, it probably isn’t your Elf on the Shelf. In fact, it might even be worse than a box filled with coal for Christmas. You might have termites.

Drywood termites are found throughout the southwest, including San Diego. They love munching on wood, including dead trees, hardwood floors, wooden eaves and your attic.

Drywood termites are the most destructive type of termites in the U.S., and their colonies can grow to include 5,000 living insects. That’s definitely not the visitors you want in your home on Christmas Eve.

So how do you know whether you’ve got elves or drywood termites on your shelf or in your attic? It may be a little difficult to tell. Many drywood termite colonies are relatively small, meaning that you might not see a whole lot of damage all at once, especially in an out-of-the-way place like your attic. Be on the lookout for discarded termite wings or small mounds of fecal pellets, especially when you are taking out or putting away your Christmas decorations.

If you do notice signs of a drywood termite infestation, you’ll need to do more than to put “termite-free house” on your wish list and hope Santa takes pity on you. Instead, pick up the phone and call Best Rate Repair at (619) 229-0116 or contact us through our website.

We know the best termite exterminators in San Diego and San Diego County and can give you a great referral.  If the infestation is small, an exterminator can apply pesticides in the places where the termites are active. If the colony is larger or is in a hard-to-reach place, then fumigation may be the best option.

A fumigation tent isn’t exactly the home decorations you were planning on this season, but it’s better to get your termites taken care of right away, or your Elf on a Shelf may not have any shelves to hide on.


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