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The Complete Termite Control Guide For Los Angeles Properties

October 30, 2021 - Termites

Termites might not be deadly, but they are damaging. While most people don't regard termites with fear or disgust, don't let yourself be fooled. By far, termites are one of the worst pests in Los Angeles. They can cost you your home or business, and they're silent attackers.

All About Termites In Los Angeles

Although termites are bad news for your home, they're essential for the environment. Termites decompose wood, which is part of the natural cycle of life. If there were no termites in the world, stumps and branches would sit around taking up space. In some parts of the world, people see termites as a delicacy. They eat them and appreciate the tasty meal.

Even though termites are a necessity, they're not something you want on or near your property. Termites eat wood, or more specifically, cellulose. When they find a source of food, they don't stop to think about the consequences. The wood in your home is just as delicious as the wood from a tree stump. If termites are on your property, they could see your home as a target.

Unfortunately, termites don't make their presence well known. They hide out in your walls and almost silently chew away at your wood. Although they aren't entirely silent, termites are excellent at remaining secretive. Most homeowners don't realize that they have termites until it's far too late. Annual termite inspections can take away some of the surprises, but you still may not know about your unwanted invaders until you have structural damage.

Why Termite Infestations Are So Difficult

All too often, Los Angeles residents opt for do-it-yourself (DIY) termite removal or prevention methods. They think that a simple store-bought spray will keep termites from taking over or that a bait trap will eliminate all of the termites in their home. Unfortunately, there's no such thing as easy termite control.

There are a few reasons for this, but the main reason is that termites are fast breeders. They replenish their colonies faster than you can kill them. Therefore, you can't effectively eliminate termite colonies without getting rid of every single termite. All of the following are other reasons why DIY termite control fails:

  • Improper Product Use: If you don't use enough of a termite control product, it won't have the desired effect. The instructions on your product are precise, and you need to follow them to the letter. Otherwise, you could be wasting your time and money.
  • Improper Placement: Do you know exactly where termites are hiding out? Without training in termite behavior, you probably don't know all of their hiding spots. If you don't place the product in the right place, you won't get the best results. 
  • Lack Of Knowledge: If you look online, you might find out about some natural termite control methods. While these methods may be somewhat effective, it's doubtful that they will genuinely work against termites. You can't trust essential oils and other natural remedies to get the job done. 

What Should You Do About Termites?

If you suspect that termites are on your property, there's only one thing to do. The best way to prevent and eliminate termites is to work with a professional pest control company. Here at A Step Above Pest Control, we know what it takes to prevent and eliminate termites. Our technicians are highly trained and want to protect your Los Angeles home or business. We've spent years serving the local community and plan on continuing to do so for years to come. To schedule an inspection or to for any other assistance with termites, call us today.

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