Termites in Cabinets

First, of the countless insects and pests that can disturb homeowners, few are more dangerous than a termite. Even though one termite is just 3/8 of an inch in size, they are mighty.  Once they find their way into your home, after a short three years, a termite colony could have as many as 1,000 members and eventually grow to 2,500 members.  At A-1 Bonded Termite, Inc., we know that owning a home is a significant investment and will give a free* inspection if you suspect termites in your cabinets.  To better understand what to look for to stop an infestation of termites in cabinets, let us first look at the type of termite that will take up residence in your home.  Then we will discuss the signs to look for if you suspect there are termites and finally taking steps that should remove the infestation.

3 Different Types: Subterranean, Dampwood, and Drywood

There are three main types of termites: subterranean termites, dampwood termites, and drywood termites.  Subterranean termites nest in the ground, digging mud tubes to create their colony dwelling space. Dampwood termites are not as common because they need extreme moisture to survive. Dampwood termites are around the outside structures, such as fences, garages, and the exterior of the home. Drywood termites, however, have zero contact with the soil.  They infest a home by air and require very little moisture to survive. The last type, Drywood, is the type of termites most likely to infest your wooden furniture, tables and chairs.

Drywood termites are in warm coastal regions, such as California.  This termite is the leading cause of termite damage in California.  According to Business Wire, one in sixteen homes in California has a termite problem, but only 8.7% are treating their homes for termites.  Drywood termites are a significate problem for the state of California, for their infestation isn’t typically apparent at first.  Termites can be in a home for years before the homeowner realizes the severity of the problem.

swarmmer termites might be in your cabinets

Signs of an Infestation

 

When drywood termites first enter the wood, it is through a small opening in the cabinet.  At this point, the termites are called swarmers and are winged, but shortly after their landing, they shed their wings.  If a pile of discarded wings is on the floor, in windowsills or spider webs, this evidence that there may be termites taking up residence in your home.  One way to see if you have termites is by using your ears instead of your eyes.  Wood that has termites within it will make a hollow, dull sound when being tapped. 

termite frass on floor next to wall
Another sign of the presence of termites in your home is termite droppings, which is also known as frass.  When they eat wood, they leave behind droppings that are the same color as the wood they have consumed.  These droppings are hard pellets and are about 1/32 of an inch long and are a hexagonal shape. Look for piles of these pellets on the floor or within the cabinets.

Treatment

If you feel that you have termites in the cabinets of your residence, you should contact professionals to asses and treat the infestation.  What you should expect from our professionals at A-1 is a thorough inspection of the cabinets. As well as the rest of the property is to see if there is any damage.

treatment for termites in cabinets

Next, determine what the best treatment plan is for your home to eliminate any current pests and prevent them in the future.  It is not an easy task to take on the treatment of termites on your own; our team of experts at A-1 will know which products to use and where they should be applied.  Finally, by having a professional treat the termites in your cabinets, you will have the peace of mind that it is pest-free.

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