Do you suspect your home has termites?


What are Termites?
Termites are small insects that can eat and digest wood. They live in large colonies much the same as ants do. Because they can eat wood and often attack in large numbers they can seriously damage the things we make out of wood, such as our homes and many of the things we keep inside them.

If you are concerned about termites it is important that you understand a few things about them. The first step is to learn what kind of termites you are dealing with...

Three kinds of Termites:
If you have termites in your home or business it is likely they are either subterranean termites or drywood termites. Termites have a very large family tree. There are over 2,000 species of termites worldwide. The 2,000 species are divided into three main groups:

  • Subterranean termites build their nests underground. (Approx. 1,500 species worldwide.) The queen and king remain in the underground colony while the termite workers are constantly foraging for food. They construct an elaborate system of underground tunnels leading from the nest to their various food sources. An old subterranean termite colony may contain hundreds of thousands of workers and forage in an area approaching the size of a football field! Because of the numbers of insects involved and their ability to survive in a wider range of climates, subterranean termites are generally considered the most destructive in terms of property damage.
    Learn how we control subterranean termites
  • Drywood termites build their nests inside the wood. (Approx. 400 species worldwide.) Colonies start with a mated pair that burrows into exposed woodwork where they build their nest inside the wood. Over time as the colony grows they may forage into connected wood members and eventually do significant damage to framing members of a building. Drywood termite colonies tend to remain fairly small (less than 6,000–8,000 members).
    Learn how we control drywood/dampwood termites
  • Dampwood termites build their nest inside wood that is wet or damp. (Approx. 100–200 species worldwide.) These are the largest of the termites in terms of body size. Their winged reproductives may look much like a very large drywood termite swarmer. They build their nests in wood that remains damp throughout the year. They must remain inside the damp wood because they are so vulnerable to dehydration. If exposed to the open air they will usually dehydrate and die in very short time. Dampwood termites are rarely a problem to homeowners.
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Subterranean Termite Control

If you have subterranean termites in your building, we believe you have two options:

Chemically or Locally Treat
The best strategy of control is to treat the entry points and/or perimeter of the structure to stop them where they are getting in. The ones in the house will die in a few days. OR...

Let them eat!
This is still America, and it is your house. You don't have to do anything at all!

Which approach is best?

We have found that most people want the following:
• The termites to be eradicated right away
• The work to be done professionally, neatly, and be difficult to detect

We begin the process by making an appointment to inspect the building. At the property we will inspect the interior, exterior and all accessible areas. If the problem is termites or another wood destroying organism we will evaluate what is needed and suggest a control strategy. We will provide you with a written quote for any work we recommend that is within the scope of our normal operations.

The day after your inspection we will email your inspection report detailing our findings and recommendations.

Our Treatments

We have developed several strategies for dealing with subterranean termite infestations. Based on the best of the materials and procedures available today, we offer the following for subterranean termite control:

Localized Treatment: The best modern products (like Termidor, Tim-bor or Cykick) are applied by trained professionals, they work safely, reliably and consistently. You will have the peace of mind that you've selected the most effective, affordable and time-tested solution to your termite control problem. Our products start working immediately and they continue working for years!

Our products start working immediately and they continue working for years! We guarantee it for 5 YEARS!

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Drywood & Dampwood Termite Control

Why is that house in a tent?

This is a structural fumigation. Fumigations are done to control certain wood destroying insects. In our area the most common reason to fumigate is drywood/dampwood termites.

The Life of Drywood/Dampwood Termites

What's in a name? For one thing, you can tell by the name where a termite's nest will be found. A Drywood/Dampwood Termite colony will be found in dry wood. A Subterranean Termite colony will be underground.

Drywood/Dampwood termites are much less sensitive to dehydration than Subterranean Termites. This adaptation lets them live above ground, inside of dry wood. In fact, the wood framing of almost any building has enough moisture to keep them going.

These insects are designed to make the most of their role in the world. Aside from having a thicker shell (to handle the dry environment), their social system and caste system is adapted to this role as well.

Termite wings

Like most termites, a Drywood/Dampwood Termite colony begins with a pair of mated swarmers (alates). We usually look for Drywood or Dampwood swarms during the late summer and into autumn. However you might see them at virtually any time of year. The evidence most people find after swarming is a collection of loose wings on a window sill. (See photo at left.) At this point the insects have shed their wings and already burrowed into the woodwork.

After swarming from their parent's colony the new royal pair needs to find a place to build their nest. A crack or crevice will serve them nicely. In buildings they often start around wood windows or doorways or they may be found in the eaves or in the substructure area under the house. Houses with wood siding tend to be especially vulnerable because there are so many cracks and crevices where a new colony might establish. In nature, we find them in the "dead arm" of a tree, in a woodpile, or in any other dead wood.

Signs of termite infestation

Once established, the new colony will grow slowly, but steadily. After a few years the colony may have eaten their way well into the framing around their initial entry point. A mature colony may grow to several thousand members. Given time, their galleries may extend into wall framing in all directions, into substructure timbers and floors and into the ceiling overhead.

The only evidence of their activity inside the wall or floor might be a pile of "seed-like" pellets that continue to appear even after cleaning them up. These pellets are the fecal material of the termites and it is a positive sign that Drywood termites have been at work.

After just three to five years, a few swarmers will usually be released, and the cycle continues...

About JK Control, Inc.

Established in 1982. We've been in business for over 30 years.
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  • (415) 468-2002
  • 200 Valley Drive #35
    Brisbane, CA 94005
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