Exterminating Drywood Termites in Southern California Since 1994

Drywood Termites in LA, Orange Co. & San Diego

What Are Drywood Termites?

With our warm and sunny climate, drywood termite infestations can happen any time throughout the year. Drywood termites swarming season is typically between August - October, so you may notice an increase in kick-out holes, dust piles or wing-sheds during that time period. Drywood termites are different than Subterranean termites because these insects do not require contact with the soil like Subterranean termites. Drywood termites infest dry wood, like window frames, eaves, decks, trees and wood fences.

Drywood termites form colonies of up to 2,500 members. Unlike subterranean termite species, drywood termite colonies do not have a worker caste. The work is done by immature termites before they reach adulthood. These termites bore through wood, leaving holes to “kick out” waste material and fecal matter. These small holes are called Kick-out holes. The waste material and fecal matter combined form pellets and are often found near the site of kick-out holes. Each year, drywood termites leave their nests and fly to new locations. This process is called swarming and it often takes place during the fall season in southern California.

How Do I Know I Have Drywood Termites?

Griffin Pest Management offers comprehensive termite inspections of properties in southern California. Our experienced, state licensed technicians will thoroughly inspect your property for termite activity and provide a report with recommendations based on our findings. We also provide escrow and property clearances. Only a licensed termite inspection specialist can determine the full extent of your termite infestation.

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Kick Out Holes

As termites tunnel through wood, they use kick out holes to discard fecal pellets and frass.

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Pellets / Frass

Termites remove waste as they tunnel, creating small mounds of fecal pellets underneath kick out holes.

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Winged reproductive termites appear after periods of heavy rain or in late summer / early fall.

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Wood Damage

Weak, cracking or damaged wood with tunnels underneath is a sure sign you have termites.

Drywood Termite Treatments

Depending on the severity of your drywood termite infestation, our professional technicians may recommend a fumigation or a local treatment. All of our services are guaranteed to keep your home termite-free.


Fumigation is the most common method of drywood termite extermination. In situations where termites are inaccessible to secondary methods, tenting your home or office is a guaranteed way to eliminate drywood termites. After our technicians have performed a full inspection of your home, we may recommend fumigation to eradicate your termite problem.

Spot Treatment

Local treatment is a great solution for eliminating isolated infestations of drywood termites. Home and business owners who have had fumigations or heat treatments within the past five years may also qualify for local treatment. Termite spot treatments can also be used in commercial buildings and apartment complexes, where moving multiple residents may not be feasible.

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Drywood Termite Wood Damage

If drywood termites have caused extensive damage to your home, Griffin Pest Management offers full restoration services. We have extensive experience restoring office buildings, restaurants, houses, apartments and historical structures and we're confident we can restore your building.

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Drywood Termite Extermination Testimonials

" 5 star drywood termite control service review

I had five quotes to treat my termite problem. Brian came out and was no nonsense didn't try to sell me on anything just did his inspection in a professional manner and explain to couple things to me. I got the quote shortly thereafter and it was the most reasonable out of all the five. I also needed wood work done on the house due to the termite damage. Several of the companies I got quotes from said they would just cut out portions and replace pieces of wood. This company replaced the entire board for each area that needed it, no cutting and pasting! They did a great job, painted it well and it looks professional. When the fumigation guys came, I thought I had bagged and removed everything in my house ( believe me when you start to do it you realize it's a bigger job and you have more stuff than you think). Thank goodness they did a double check of the kitchen cabinets after I was gone. When I got home, I saw three bags on the kitchen counter that I did not leave there. I realized I had missed an entire cabinet of my spices and alcohol. They did it all for me and left it on the counter and didn't even say a word. Overall, I am very pleased with Brian and Griffin Pest Management. Brian always responded immediately to my concerns and was nothing less than professional. I am very critical of a company based on their customer service and this company far exceeded my standards.I would highly recommend this company to everyone.

- Rena S.
" 5 star drywood termite control service review

So this young man comes out to conduct a comprehensive termite inspection on our home. I had asked for an earlier time because I had to get to work and couldn't wait the typical 7:00-noon window. He tells me he'll be there right at 9:00. And he actually showed up five minutes early. Tell me how often that happens - never! Everything after that was exactly the same - perfect. Kevin was professional, thorough, and so damn friendly through the entire inspection. You won't go wrong if you hire this company. They deserve their five stars.

- Christian R.
" 5 star drywood termite control service review

The service technician from Griffin was both friendly and knowledgeable and the office staff were able to work with my rather rushed need for scheduling. I was so pleased with their work when they came and tented my house for termites that, just recently when the weather brought ants out across my whole neighborhood, I called them back for any treatment and have recommended them to several friends and neighbors.

- Josh B.
" 5 star drywood termite control service review

These guys did a great job tenting our house for termites. Our house is on the water in Huntington Harbor with a zero lot line and we had 3 other termite companies tell us our house couldn't be tented because of this. Griffin got it done with no problems at a fair price. Mike even showed up the day before the tenting with his son to help me move some large potted plants off the deck - this goes above and beyond in my book. I would highly recommend them.

-Norm C.
" 5 star drywood termite control service review

My home was long over-due for termite fumigation. Griffin Pest Management was one of 5 companies that I contacted for bids. There were others that I liked as well but either the price was higher or the wood work wasn't done by the same company. Andy made it happen! His crew came out and marked all of the wood areas that needed repair or replacement. In the bid, each of these areas was marked and clearly described for repair or replacement in an outline of my home. Andy gave me a date for the fumigation and because Griffin also did the wood, I knew that it would be done before the fumigation. The fumigation process isn't something you want to go through often, but gives you a chance to clean out cupboards, refrigerator and freezers as well as bathroom meds, etc. The tent and fumigation is done by another company contracted by Griffin. We left the house and returned after 2 nights; by early Friday morning the tent was gone and we were able to enter and unpack the bags. There was no smell or film. Andy earns a star for customer service.....a courteous, friendly, prompt and informative young man. He always answered my calls, emails, or texts the same day. For a home improvement process that we attest, he made it a smooth process.

- Linda D.
" 5 star drywood termite control service review

My client was selling his house and decided to have the same company out that gave him a termite clearance 12 months prior. We received an estimate of $1300 for the replacement of one piece of fascia board. Seemed a little excessive, so I emailed the report over to Paul Louckes, my usual inspector. I forgot to take out the estimate page, so Paul could have estimated anything he wanted under that $1300 and got the work. However, Paul is as honest as they come and his bid was $600. My client was thrilled. I highly recommend them for your termite work.

- Ryan B.

Termite Protection Plans

Two Plans To Serve You

Eliminating termites through fumigation or local treatment is only the first step to protecting your home from termites. Griffin Pest Management offers termite protection plans which defend against future infestations of termites.

Pro-Shield Program

Our Pro-Shield program is a one-year termite protection program that includes treatment and repairs, including reframing. Our Pro-Shield program starts at $385.

Pro-Shield Plus

The smart way to save! This package combines our termite protection program and general pest services to offer you the best pest protection available.

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What's Included?

  • Liquid perimeter treatment
  • An annual inspection
  • No deductible for termite damage repair
  • Contract is transferable
  • Optional termite bait stations
  • Annual renewal with no limitations
  • Exterior treatment four times per year to keep pests from entering your home

While both our Pro Shield and Pro Sheild Plus programs provide unmatched protection against termites and include the same warranty, we recommend the Pro Sheild Plus program which includes treatments to provide several layers of protection against termites and other household pests. For more information about our Pro-Shield programs, call us today.

Why We Don’t Use Orange Oil

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Flammable When Applied

Orange oil is a contact based termiticide, meaning it has to saturate the wood to effectively control termites. Wood saturated with orange oil is highly flammable. Orange oil should not be used near electrical sources, heating and cooling units, or in any other situation that may routinely reach over 120 degrees - such as a wall void or attic. Southern Californian homes are no stranger wildfires. Orange oil may make your home harder to protect during fire season.

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Much Less Effective

Orange oil treatments are only successful when applied directly to termite colonies, for a short period of time. Orange oil as a pre-treatment doesn't work because there is no effect on termites just 4 weeks after treatment. Orange oil treatments are limited to accessible areas and regularly miss hidden areas of termite activity.

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Termites Keep Feeding

Orange oil requires long durations of contact to kill drywood termites. Wood treated with orange oil prevents feeding, encouraging termites to feed on un-treated, difficult to access areas. Termites that do not die from orange oil treatment will require additional treatments for control.

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Only A Secondary Treatment

The state of California does not recognize orange oil as a primary drywood termite control solution. Orange oil treatments are limited to accessible areas, which allows untreated termites to continue feeding. There are only two approved whole structure treatment methods for the eradication of termites: fumigation and heat.