Termite season has arrived! Well, contrary to popular belief, there is no real “termite season” in California. Due to the number of different termite species found throughout the state, termite season is, unfortunately, all year-round. That’s right, Californians get to experience termite swarming and new infestations all year long.
However, winter is almost here, and that means it’s time for the western subterranean termites to swarm and find new homes in California. These termites swarm in the middle of the day, typically after rainfall, during the fall, winter, and spring. You can find these termites in every city and county throughout the state. They cause countless dollars in property damage each year and are incredibly hard to get rid of. Luckily, the pest management professionals here at Millennium Termite & Pest are here to help! We have the education, experience, training, and equipment necessary to handle any termite infestation, big or small. Therefore, if you happen upon a swarming colony of western drywood termites (or any other species), then please don’t hesitate to give us a call. Remember, the faster you get your termite problem handled by the professionals, the better off you’ll be.
The Several Different Termite “Seasons” in California
As we mentioned earlier, there are several different species of termites throughout California. Moreover, each species swarms and reproduces at different times of the year. Here is a list of the different termite “seasons” in the state:
- Western Subteranean Termites: Western subteranean termites swarm during the day, typically after rainfall, every year from fall through spring.
- Pacific Dampwood Termites: The Pacific dampwood termite swarms around dusk between August and the end of October.
- Arid-Land Subterranean Termites: These termites swarm in the daytime during the spring and fall.
- Nevada Dampwood Termites The Nevada dampwood termite swarms around sunset in spring at higher elevations, and during the sumer in coastal areas of the state.
- Western Drywood Termites These termites swarm during the day between September and November. However, in the northernmost portion of the state, western drywood termites sometimes swarm earlier in the year.
- Desert Subterranean Termites The desert subterranean termite swarms at night from July through September.
- Desert Drywood Termites: These termites swarm at night from the months of June through September.
As you can see from the list above, there is no real “off-season” for termites in California. Due to the high population of different species, it’s always wise to keep termite prevention and eradication at the top of your California homeowner to-do list.
What Can You Do to Help Prevent an Infestation During the Winter California Termite Season?
As a home or business owner, you’ll naturally want to do everything you can to help prevent a termite infestation (especially during this time of the year). To make that task a little bit easier, our pest management professionals have put together a list of easy and practical things you can do to help prevent an infestation during the winter termite season in California. That list is as follows:
- Keep your foundation and crawlspaces as dry as possible
- Get rid of any wood in contact with the ground
- Consider removing mulch from anywhere near wood structures
- Never store firewood (or lumber of any kind) against your foundation or inside crawlspaces
In addition to those four things, you can always enlist the services of our team of termite control professionals. We can help you devise a highly effective termite prevention plan, including pretreatment of wood structures with pesticides, to help reduce your chances of a severe termite problem. Furthermore, if you still wind up with an infestation after enlisting our help, we’re also the go-to company for termite extermination in the area. So, regardless of your termite needs, Millennium Termite & Pest is always the company to call.