How do I know if termites are active in my house? 

If you notice any blisters in wood flooring, damaged wood, or wood that sounds hollow, that’s a good sign that you have a termite infestation. Sometimes you may notice droppings or mud tubes around your home’s exterior. Termites make loud clicking sounds when they eat, so you may even hear those sounds coming from your walls. Warped or stiff doors or windows can also point to an infestation.

What kind of termites are in Burbank? 

There are two types of termites commonly found in the Burbank area – subterranean termites and drywood termites. 

Subterranean Termites

Subterranean termites are the most destructive and most common type of termite in the Burbank area, as well as in the United States. Subterranean termites make nests in the soil near the wood areas where they feed. They require moisture and thrive in a warm, humid environment. They bore tunnels that run through the soil and connect to wood sources that are directly touching the ground, including fallen trees and dead wood. These termites can cause serious damage to your home. 

Drywood Termites

Unlike subterranean termites, drywood termites don’t limit their feeding to wood that is directly in contact with the ground, and they build their nests above ground rather than down in the soil. Drywood termites only feed on wood that is dry, such as lumber, decks, fences, dead trees, and furniture. They enter your home through cracks or knotholes, and they bore through wood structures, leaving a path of tunnels and chambers as they go along. These termites are larger than subterranean termites, and they can cause serious damage to your home.

How much does it cost to get rid of termites? 

The cost to eliminate termites depends on the size of your home, how severe the infestation is, and which methods are used. For chemical treatments along the perimeter of the foundation, the cost could run an average of anywhere from $8.00 to $12.00 per linear foot in the Burbank area. Bait and monitoring stations are also commonly used. In most cases, you can expect to pay anywhere from $600 to $1,200 per visit to completely remove termites from your home.

How long does it take to treat for termites? 

Liquid treatments are usually applied in one visit, and they typically last for a couple of years, however, that doesn’t mean your home will be completely free of termites throughout that time. If you have had a termite infestation once, it’s likely that they could find their way to your home again. Using bait stations can help prevent this from happening. Bait stations need to be monitored throughout the year, as termites take the bait back to their nests.

 How do I choose a termite control company? 

It’s important to choose the pest control company that can best protect your property and keep it free from pests and safe for your family. Below are some things to consider when choosing a company to eliminate termites. 

Reputation

Research pest control companies to find information about how reputable they are. Online reviews can provide a wealth of information that can help you make a decision. It’s also a good idea to check with the Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been filed against the companies you’re considering. 

Qualifications

Find out what qualifications the pest control professionals have and what their credentials are. Make sure the company is properly licensed, certified, and insured. To verify a license or for additional information, check out California’s Structural Pest Control Board’s website

Guarantee

You will want to find out if pest control companies will guarantee their work and if they will provide written warranties. 

Cost and Value

The cheapest company isn’t necessarily the most effective option. Find out what you get for your money before you agree to anything, and if a company provides a quote that’s a lot lower than others, that could be a red flag that they aren’t providing a high level of service.

What does an exterminator look for in a termite inspection? 

Our pest control specialists are trained to locate and eliminate termite infestations. They will look for visible signs of termite infestation, including damaged wood, droppings, exit holes, and mud tubes. They will also identify moisture problems and areas where termites may have access to your home. Then they will inspect areas in your home that may be prone to infestation, such as attics, crawlspaces, exposed wood, and hardwood flooring.

Do termite inspectors come inside? 

To complete a thorough inspection of your property, our pest control specialists must check areas both inside and outside of your home. This allows them to check internal and external structures for signs of termite damage.

Can I use vinegar to get rid of termites? 

Some people have found that a combination of vinegar and lemon juice can kill termites, but this only works temporarily, it doesn’t prevent future infestations, and it doesn’t help in areas where termites may be hiding and not visible to you. It’s best to hire a professional to locate all areas of infestation, identify any damage to your home, and place a liquid perimeter barrier or bait stations around your home to prevent further infestations.