Termite Activity in California
Termites are lively across the state of California, from Redding to San Francisco, down to Fresno, Bakersfield, Los Angeles and Riverside, California.
What Types of Termites Are in California?
Both subterranean and drywood termites family for causing damages to homes in California. Dampwood termites also are common in California. This species causes less damage to structures than subterranean and drywood termites.
Are Formosan Termites in California?
The first identification of formosan termites were in La Mesa (San Diego County), California, in 1992.
When Do Termites Swarm in California?
Generally, termites swarm on a warm day after a rainfall. Swarms occurrence could be during the winter in heated buildings. The swarming habits of the most common species in California are described below.
The western subterranean termite swarms basically during the day in the local rainy season in autumn, winter or early spring.
Actually the arid-land subterranean termite swarms in the daylight in spring and fall. The desert subterranean termite majorly swarms at night from July to September. In San Diego County, swarms occurs at night and peak in June and July. Smaller swarms may likely occur for several more months.
In southern California, the western drywood termite swarms occurs any time during the day between September and November. In northern parts of the state it may swarm earlier. The desert drywood termite swarms begins at night from June to September. Actually, the Pacific dampwood termite swarms from August to October, just before sunset.
The Nevada dampwood termite swarms in spring at higher elevations, and in summer and early fall in coastal areas. Swarms takes place often before sunset.
More Information about Termites in California
According to Termite Infestation Probability Zones (TIP Zones), 90 percent of California is located in TIP Zone #1 (heavy to moderate) and the northern portion of the state (remaining 10 percent) is located in TIP Zone #2 (moderate to heavy), stating that ability for termite damage is very important. Areas that have high tendencies for termite activity demand for more termite control measures to meet International Residential Code building standards for new homes than areas with less frequent activity.
States like California serves as a home for termites who are very active and in large numbers, maintaining an effective termite prevention and control program is important. Incase you have a home in California, speak to your termite control expert about methods capable of protecting your home from termite infestations and damage.