Swarming Termites Require Swift Action and Termite Treatment

Swarming Termites Require Swift Action and Termite Treatment

‘Tis the season for termite swarming, and hopefully, when these destructive little critters decide to swarm, they will do so outside your home, not inside. If you happen to be plagued by a swarm of termites inside your home, don’t panic… yet.


Fortunately, it is common for many types of termites that DO appear inside a home, to be coming into the home from an outdoor location. 


For example, many homes that are built upon a single concrete slab may have originally contained a wooden “blockout” surrounding the bathtub plumbing. Over time, these wooden blackout boxes may rot or suffer decay, leaving a perfect space of termites living underneath your home to gain access into your home through your bathtub drain. When the urge to swarm hits them, up they go into your house, where mass hysteria is likely to break loose. 


While you should not necessarily panic if a swarm occurs inside your residence, you should take swift action. Swarming termites are drawn to light, and if their way of escape is impeded, they will quickly make new escape holes. Since blocking their way of escape can cause them to do more harm to your home, trapping them in a clear plastic bag, while you put in a swift call to Times Up Termite, may prove to be a more appropriate short-term strategy. Some species of termites are known to bore through plastic, so let us quickly point out, this is a very temporary solution. A bag of several thousand swarming termites should be quickly discarded. While they do not eat plastics, they have been known to chew through soft plastic materials in a search for a fresh supply of cellulose.


Whether you suspect termites are living in the wooden structure of your home, or simply suspect they have made themselves at home in the ground beneath your house, a swift termite treatment plan can help reduce a colony’s ability to do damage, and prevent future damage from occurring. 


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Tips for a Successful Termite Repair

Tips for a Successful Termite Repair

Termites are a homeowner’s worst nightmare. Since their presence often goes undetected until damage is substantial, the eradication and repair process is often extensive. By learning more about termite repair, navigating this issue appropriately should be achievable.


Consider DIY Treatment


For those who don’t have the funds available to hire a professional contractor or simply want to save some money, self-treatment and termite repair is an option. Some options available include fumigation or localized treatments. Localized treatments have the advantage of avoiding potential residual fumes or chemicals from fumigation.


Keep A Detailed Log of Damages and Repairs


A log of the extent of damage and repair measures implemented is important for several reasons. According to Angie’s List, “Your insurance coverage may include termite protection. If the home is new, you may have reason to seek legal redress. Eventually, if you decide to sell your home, the law requires that you reveal past damage.” These records are essential for insurance purposes and a potential future home sale. In the event that you have home insurance, these records will be utilized when an insurance agent reviews the claim for repairs due to termite damage.


Professional Inspection


While you may be able to detect the presence of an infestation or make simple cosmetic repairs on your own, enlisting the help of a professional is always the recommended option. Be sure to contact us at Times Up Termite if you are fed up with the damage caused by these insects and need some tips for successful termite repair.



3 Signs Your Need a Professional Termite Inspector

3 Signs Your Need a Professional Termite Inspector

To ensure the structural health of your home, termite inspections should be conducted once a year or, at least, once every two years but, how to know you need a professional immediately? Here are three signs that tell you to start looking for your phone:





    1. Swarmers: After becoming well-established, a thriving termite colony will send off winged, sexually mature members in the search of new lands to conquer. If you see a few of these together in your home it might mean you have a nest nearby, ready to devour your home and possessions but, don’t panic! They could be just winged ants, and to know the difference, check their antennae: a termite’s antenna is straight, but an ant’s is jointed. If the appendages are straight and beaded, you need to call the big guns.
    1. Mud tubes: Termites need high levels of moisture to survive, so they build these tubes to be able to travel long distances in open spaces. These tubes can be found near your home’s foundation, near tubes or crawlspaces and access points to your home in general. To know if the tubes are in use, scrape a bit of the mud in two sections of the tube, and leave the rest intact. If after a few days you notice the tube’s been remodeled, call a professional.
    1. Noticeable wood damage: Termites was wood from the inside, and in the early stages of an infestation the wood looks healthy but reveals a hollow sound when tapped. If you see bits of mud or the evidence of holes that prove to be hollow underneath in your wood, definitely call a professional.




If you see any of these signs in your home, or just want to rest assured, don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule a consultation. Our professionals will set your mind at ease.

Springtime: Time for Termite Inspections

With warmer climate coming close to, San Francisco Bay Area termites will certainly be swarming quickly. Although they can and even will swarm at other times, spring has the tendency to bring the destructive bugs out in force. So currently is the moment for location citizens to arrange termite evaluations and also watch for alates. Despite the fact that they are no much less damaging, they differ in appearance from employees and also soldiers in several crucial means. Here are few suggestions on the best ways to detect them:


When alates swarm in the springtime, they’ll typically have two sets of symmetrical wings. Most of the bugs will certainly also be 1/2-inch long or slightly less as well as have dark-colored bodies. Therefore, numerous people typically mistake them for flying ants. Traveling ants have wings also. Nevertheless, their wing sets are distinction dimensions. And also, their dark-colored body systems have distinct features, like narrow locations near the thorax and jointed antennae. However, our termite inspectors comprehend just how some people may unintentionally mistake one species for the various other. As for the soldier as well as employee termites, they are regularly lighter in shade, smaller sized as well as wingless. Because of this, it is typically simple to tell them besides agile termites and even ants.


Most of alates living in the San Francisco Bay Area will certainly appear less than a week after a particularly difficult, warmer, spring rainfall. They’ll fly about for roughly a 24 Hr duration while participating in disorderly copulation. Afterward, they’ll drop their wings and seemingly go away once more. However, they are not genuinely gone. They merely take place to develop longer concealed nests and also continue destroying every square inch of cellulose in their wake. Therefore, it’s a good idea to look for those discarded wings and after that check out the bordering locations for signs of nesting.


For more information regarding the appearance of alates in spring and routine termite assessments during the warmer, rainy days ahead, please contact us. From time to time Up Termites, we can give you with a thorough termite report, damage the pests and also help fix the damage.

Regular Termite Inspections Can Reveal Hidden Damage

Did you know that not all wood boring insects look for wet, rotting wood? Our termite inspection pros know that it’s true, especially when it comes to Incisitermes minor. Also known as western drywood termites, they love nothing more than to make their homes in perfectly good, dry wood. Therefore, just because you’ve repaired those plumbing problems and trimmed back the outside vegetation, it doesn’t mean that it’s time to rest on your laurels. As a matter of fact, in Oakland, autumn is prime swarming time.


However, due to the western drywood termites’ inherent nature, being hyper-vigilant isn’t easy for the average Californian. Why? For starters, the insects spend most of their time within the confines of the wood itself. And when they do come out to swarm, they leave precious little evidence behind. So oftentimes, the best way to conduct a drywood termite inspection is with a series of non-invasive tools that allow a professional to see inside of wood without causing further damage.


Understandably, the tools used by termite inspection professionals will vary based on the situation. Some of the items likely to be used during routine inspections are optical bore-scopes, infrared cameras, acoustic emission and microwave detection devices. Some inspectors have also been known to use termite-sniffing dogs and hand-held scanners. That said, what home and business owners may want to look for on their own are clean, pellet-size holes that are surrounded by fecal matter, dead bodies and wings.


The fecal matter and wings are unlike that of other wood boring insects in one key respect, their appearance. The fecal matter is likely to be very tiny and resemble a hexagon. The wings, on the other hand, are apt to be less than an inch long. As for their dead bodies, they are usually small and may be ochre, light tan or dark brown in appearance. If any of those three things show up in a building, its best to contact us and let our termite inspection pros take over. After a free termite inspection, they’ll be able to confirm the species involved, find all of its colonies and make recommendations on the opportune way to wipe them all out. We also offer lifetime monitoring to help ensure that the termites won’t return and create more damage in the years to come.

The Type of Termite Treatment Depends on the Sturcture

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When termites aren’t caught in time, the damage they do is extensive. This is true in older and new buildings and structures alike.


Simply knowing what to look for can save your property from thousands of dollars of termite repair.


But for those people who might have bought a property with extensive termite damage, just know that termite repair isn’t impossible.


In fact, as long as the damage is localized, or hasn’t been ongoing for 20+ years, repairing termite damage will return the property back to its former glory.


When wood is damaged by termites, two methods are employed to fix the problem.


– The bad wood is removed and replaced with good wood.


– New wood can be attached to bad wood to prevent future damage.


Either of these methods works for structural or even non-structural repair. Which method you choose depends on budget, level of damage, and type of structure.


It is best practice, however, that wood be replaced completely in situations where support isn’t adequate. Particularly when homes are involved. It’s best to replace any and all damaged wood in a home instead of simply repairing it.


When termite damage is considerable, it is dangerous. Termite damage can cause roofs and floors to collapse, and can turn joists, wall studs, and any other support beams into Swiss cheese.


It’s important to talk to a specialist about which type of repair works best in your situation. The last thing you want to do is make a problem worse when a simple repair would make it better.


Last, never just repair a structure without removing the termites beforehand. Any repairs that you do, if termites are still present, will all be for naught.


For more information on how we can help you with your termite problems, please contact us anytime.

The Facts About DIY Termite Treatment and How To Avoid It

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As a homeowner, doing things DIY is part of the joy of owning a home. The feeling of accomplishment that you get after completing a task that would have otherwise cost you extra money is indescribable.


While many aspects of home repair and maintenance are easily done by even the most novice of homeowners, applying termite treatment to protect your home from pests might not be the best idea to take into your own hands.


Are you aware that consumer grade chemical termite treatments aren’t effective enough to permanently remove termites and secure your home? The chemical properties that make up consumer grade termite treatments are designed for temporary usage. Bottom line, they do not stand up to the test of time.


Further, taking termite treatment into your hands means that you would have to know where to begin in the first place. Treating for termites takes years of professional skill and knowledge. It often requires extensive training and experience to know how to kill termites in their colonies, which is not easily accomplished by a homeowner with no previous knowledge.


Lastly, after your initial treatment, are you certain that your actions to prevent termites will stand the test of time? Consumer grade termite treatments really only kill the pests that you see, and rarely if ever do they neutralize the problem deep inside the walls.


Preventing termites from breeding and spreading should be left to a professional exterminator. So while attempting to rid your home of termites is in your right as a homeowner, you’ll get the best results with an expert.


If you are unsure if you need termite treatment in your home, feel free to contact us to discuss your options. For over twenty years, homeowners, property managers and Realtors in the San Francisco East Bay Area have relied on Times Up as their first choice for their termite control and construction needs.