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Bay Area Termite Infestations: How to Recognize Them and What to Do

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Termites can be a huge problem for homeowners in the Bay Area. These pesky creatures can cause extensive damage to your home if they are not treated properly. In this blog post, we will discuss how to recognize a termite infestation and what to do if you have one. We will also provide some tips on how to prevent termites from invading your home in the first place!

What do termites look like?

Termites are small insects that live in colonies of thousands or millions. They have soft bodies, two pairs of wings, and six legs with a pair at the end of each leg called tarsus (a segmented part). The color varies from light brown to dark black depending on their species.

What are the signs of termites in your home?

Termites feed on wood and can cause damage to the structure of your house. They usually build mud tubes from outside soil into an infested area where they are living. You might notice these tunnels as small, pencil-sized holes on walls or ceilings near areas with dampness such as bathrooms or laundry rooms.

How do you tell if termites are in your walls?

If you knock on the walls of your home and hear a hollow sound reverberating off of your home that is a clear sign you have termites in your walls. Another telltale sign termites have infested your walls is if your doorframes appear to be sagging. Since they eat away at the inside of your walls this can cause door and window frames to sag.

Are termites harmful to humans?

Termites are not harmful to humans, but they can cause a lot of damage to your home. They are not able to bite humans, they can only chew through fibrous material like wood.

Can termites make you sick?

Termites do not make you sick, but they can cause a lot of damage to your home. They are not able to bite humans, they can only chew through fibrous material like wood. Termites don’t spread diseases or viruses either.

Where do termites live?

Termites live in colonies and can be found all over the world. In the Bay Area, subterranean termites are the most common type of termite. These termites live underground and build their nests there. They travel up to the surface to feed on wood.

How do I permanently get rid of termites in my home?

The best way to get rid of termites is with a professional exterminator. The Bay Area has many good termite control companies that can help you out, like ATCO Pest Control. You need to have your home inspected and then they will come up with a treatment plan for you. You may be able to do some things yourself, but it’s best left to the exterminators.

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