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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Swarmers

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

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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Testimonials

" 5 star pest control service review

Paul from Griffin came out yesterday to look at some termite activity in my garage. He was honest and knowledgeable. Took care of my issue no problem.

- Brian P.
" 5 star pest 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 pest 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.

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.