Most homeowners in San Diego assume all termites are the same – annoying pests that like to chew through their homes. The truth is that termites are an important part of the natural ecosystem. They are nature’s garbage disposals, recycling dead wood so that new plants and trees can grow. Unfortunately, termites aren’t smart enough to distinguish between a dead tree stump and your home. Here’s another important fact: not all termites are the same! There are actually two main types of termite species that call San Diego home: subterranean termites and drywood termites. These termites vary in the amount of destruction that they cause, so it is useful for you as a homeowner to know the difference.
Drywood termites only live in a few areas of the United States, but unfortunately San Diego is one of them. These termites typically live in smaller colonies directly inside the wood they feed on. Though no one wants termites in their home, if you have to have any unwanted termite guests, drywood termites are preferable to subterranean termites just based on the colony size alone. That’s because drywood colonies grow slowly and stay relatively small. The reason their castes grow slower then subterranean termites is due to the fact that the Drywood queen just does not lay as many eggs. Now don’t get me wrong just because there colonies are smaller they will still do a large amount of damage to your home if not taken care of in a timely manner. When it comes to termites no matter the species, you never want to leave them untreated because it is guaranteed the will damage your home.
A Drywood colony can grow up to 10,000 (ten thousand) members, and they commonly spread by a process called “swarming.” During a “swarm,” potential queens and their mates fly short distances to start their own colonies. If the original colony is already inside your home, these new monarch wannabes may just find a new corner to lay down roots. Over the years, this could happen again and again until multiple colonies are all growing and feeding inside your home. Yikes!
Subterranean termites are usually much worse house guests than drywood termites. Though they live in the soil under our homes, they create mud tubes as a way of sneaking into your home, these mud tubes protect termites from predators and allows them to travel through your home. Unlike the drywood termite, subterranean termites must have moisture to survive. Subterranean termites can cause huge amounts of damage, because their colonies grow quickly and they grow to grand proportions. Remember how a drywood termite colony typically maxes out at 10,000 members? A healthy subterranean termite colony can grow to 1,000,000 (one million) members. Subterranean queens lay a lot of eggs in a short period of time, thus making there caste grow rapidly. Once a colony has grown too large for their galley, they will swarm and branch off and make sub colonies. So you could have multiple castes of subterranean termites just under your home.
Subterranean termites can cause massive damage based on the sheer number of their workers constantly chewing through your house. As the colony grows, they expand their territory, munching a path of destruction through your home. It’s been estimated that subterranean termites can cause more damage to U.S. homes than storms and fire combined!
Why You Need Yearly Termite Inspections
Drywood termites and a subterranean infestation could cause serious destruction. That’s why it’s smart to get a termite inspection each year so you can stop the termites before they can really chew through your home. If you don’t catch the termites in time, then make sure you use a reliable extermination company like Best-Rate Termite to get rid of them, and then call Best-Rate Repair to fix or replace the damage. We can send a reliable, respectful, and honest wood repair expert to your San Diego home to assess the damage and provide you with repair or replacement options.