At Tom Byer Roofing Service, we have spent decades repairing and replacing roofs throughout Southern California. When you think about the roof over your head, you probably never consider that termites may be the cause of any issues you face, or will face in the future. And as displeasing as it may sound, we have seen enough damage caused by termites to address the issue here. There are several types of termites in our region, and there are fairly simple ways to go about detecting them. Please read on to learn more about these silent destroyers to be sure they are invading your home before you have to call the professionals.
Types of Termites
In Southern California, there are about six types of termites that we identify on a fairly common basis while performing roofing services. Here is a bit of information about each:
- Subterranean Termite – Both long and slender in appearance, with a shiny brown head and pronounced mandibles, these particular termites are attracted to roofs and attics following periods of heavy rainfall and warm temperatures.
- Dampwood Termite – These tend to be more squat in proportion, but larger overall than subterranean termites. They have a large head and are light brown in color. As the name suggests, they thrive in areas where the weather makes roofs and attics moist.
- Drywood Termite – Though having similar colors as subterranean termites, light colored bodies and dark heads, drywood termites have very different habitats. Again, as the name alludes, this breed of termite requires very little moisture to thrive, so are often found in Southern California homes during periods of drought.
- Formosan Termite – These warm climate-loving termites are light brown in body, with a dark brown head and rather large mandibles. They can actually construct moisture pockets within wooden structures so that no matter the climate, they will be nice and cozy within attics and roofs.
- Desert Termite – Like drywood termites, desert termites can easily adapt to dry wood conditions. They also have large mandibles and teeth, both of which are highly unpleasant. They are adept at making attics and roofs the ideal habitat.
- Conehead Termite – As you may guess, conehead termites have a cone-like shaped head that is dark in color. They are known for building wide and extensive tunnels, more so than other breeds.
How to Detect Possible Termite Invasions in Your Home
There are several ways to identify a termite invasion in your home. Although it is typically uncommon to spot a termite, seeing any one sign of a termite generally means there is a whole horde of them. Also, the appearance of rotted wood, or areas of wood with holes and tunnels signify a termite invasion. Termite droppings, which look like small ridged pellets the color of wood, are often times seen in attics when an invasion occurs in homes, as are termite wings that have shed and remain at entranceways. These wings are translucent and look similar to fish scales.
Who to Turn to?
At Tom Byer Roofing Services, we have successfully repaired roofs throughout Southern California that have been lain waste due to rampant termite invasion. The sooner you detect the signs of termite invasion, the sooner you can call us. We will expertly repair and replace areas of wood that termites have destroyed, and help you rest easy. We know how difficult dealing with termite fallout is, and we will do everything we can to put your mind at ease and repair the damage. To find out more, give us a call at 714-892-1140.