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TERMITES – CHOMP, CHOMP, CHOMP

Chomp, chomp, chomp. That’s the sound you won’t hear, but they will eat you out of house and

home. In California, it is estimated they are dining on one in every five homes. They are responsible for an estimated 1 billion dollars damage each year, more damage than fire and storms combined. There are three types of termites: Drywood termites, Dampwood termites, and Subterranean termites. In 1991 the Pest Control Operators of California issued a warning that a new breed of termite was on its way. It is called the Formosan Termite. It is ten times more destructive than native termites and can chew through metal, asphalt, and plaster. It arrived in San Diego eight months later. American Pest Control can rid your home of termites and stop them from doing more damage. If you suspect an infestation, please call us for a free inspection and estimate.


Types of Termites

Termite identification is necessary in order to provide the correct type of treatment.


Termites can be divided into two types, subterranean and non-subterranean termites. Subterranean termites live entirely underground. They look for food by random foraging. Non-subterranean termites are inside the structure itself, feeding off and living inside wood members.

Subterranean termites normally swarm in the spring, but may also swarm after a rain followed by a sunny day. Drywood termites usually swarm between August to November. They will also swarm during hot temperatures. When termites swarm, it is to establish new colonies.

Non-subterranean termites are Dampwood and Drywood termites. Dampwood termites live in moist wood. In San Diego, we usually find Drywood termites.

Treatment for Drywood Termites


The Drywood termite is a very serious pest, especially in Southern California. You will know if you

have Drywood termites if you see small pellets, usually on windowsills, inside the garage, or in the attic. Our inspector knows how and where to look to determine what type infestation you may have. Drywood termites, as their name indicate, infest dry wood and do not require wood to soil contact. A drywood termites lives in wood with a very low moisture level.

A large swarm of Drywood termites can devour one foot of wood in approximately four months.


The treatment procedures for Drywood termites are completely different than subterranean termites. The correct identification of the termite is critical for the proper termite control method. Our licensed termite inspector will complete a thorough inspection, determine the type termite that has invaded your structure, and advise on the best control methods.

There are two types of treatment methods we recommend for Drywood termites: The fumigation and the localized (or spot) treatment.




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Non-subterranean termites

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Subterranean termites

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Eaten Wood

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