Termite Control Services In San Diego

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Our San Diego termite control division employs state-licensed inspectors and applicators who deal exclusively with wood destroying pests and organisms. We provide a full-spectrum of services for the homeowner and commercial client.

  • Free Termite Inspections
  • Timely Escrow Clearances
  • Localized Treatments
  • Whole House (Tent) Fumigations
  • Thermagation (Heat Treatment)
  • Preventative Treatments
  • Economical Maintenance Programs
  • Eco-Friendly Borates for Localized Wood Treatments
  • Wood and Structural Repairs

Identifying California Termites

Termites are small, white, tan or black insects that can cause severe destruction to wooden buildings. Termite pests in California include drywood, dampwood and subterranean species. These pests cause serious damage to wooden structures and posts and may also attack stored food, books and household furniture.

If you see these signs in your house, you may have termites:

  • Sawdust-like piles near wood surfaces or elongated, pellet-shaped droppings
  • Dirt or mud-like tubes or trails on outside walls, wooden beams or in crawl spaces. The mud tubes are typically about the diameter of a pencil, but sometimes can be thicker.
  • Darkening or blistering of wooden structural members (like window sills). Wood in damaged areas is typically thin, may sound hollow, and easily punctured with a knife or screwdriver.
  • Swarming winged insects inside the structure, especially in the spring or fall. Termite swarms emerging from tree stumps, wood piles, and other locations in yard do not necessarily mean the house is infested. On the other hand, if winged termites are seen emerging from the base of a foundation wall or adjoining porches and patios, there's a good chance the house is also infested. (People often confuse winged termites with ants which may swarm at the same time of year. Termites have straight antennae, uniform waists and wings of equal size. Ants have elbowed antennae, constricted waists and forewings that are longer than the hind wings.

Dampwood Termites

Dampwood termites are called dampwood termites because they thrive on damp wood for survival. They will invade any wood that happens to rest on the ground but they won't actually invade the ground on its own. They are common in many parts of the world, more so along the Pacific coast.

These pests are winged swarmers and they tend to grow to become about 1" long including their wings. The soldier dampwood termites can be as large as 3/4" and they are characterized by their large head with pincers on the front. They do not thrive on soil at all, so there is no need for you to treat the soil on your property. They thrive on damp wood.

Wood colonized by dampwood termites normally looks clean and smooth on the inside for the simple reason that the termites eat across the grain, especially where decayed.

Subterranean Termites

The western subterranean termite is a serious economic pest causing millions of dollars of damage throughout the areas where it is located. It is estimated that more than 1 in 5 homes in the high-activity areas (such as on the coast of Washington and California) have been or will be attacked at some time by these voracious little insects. They are highly destructive to Douglas fir and other common timbers used in the construction of a building. They can rapidly wear out the internal sections of structural timbers—devouring mainly the spring wood, and preferring to leave the harder summer wood sections.

They swarm in large numbers over a wide area in the spring to mate to start a new colony. A suitable location for nesting should provide moisture and a readily available timber food source close by.

Western subterranean termites have acute survival instincts. If they are shaken up or disturbed, the termites often will abandon the associated area and move on to secretly cause damage in other areas in the building. If you find western subterranean termites in or around your property, it is essential that you do NOT disturb them and arrange for a professional inspection to determine the location and extent of the infestation as well as the most effective form of treatment.

Drywood Termites

Drywood termites are important structural pests in tropical and warm/dry climates. Unlike most other termites, drywood termites do not need contact with soil moisture. Control of "drywoods" can be more difficult because their colonies are not confined to the soil.

Wood is damaged as the drywood worker termites tunnel to enlarge their colony. Drywood termite galleries cut across the wood's grain thus weakening the wood's internal structure and eventually the wood fails. Fecal pellets are packed into some of the galleries.

Drywood termite damage tends to progress more slowly than damage from subterranean termites, but because it is so difficult to detect, considerable damage, extending over a wide area, may be present by the time it is first found.

"If the inspection finds evidence of drywood termites, you have several options, depending on the degree of infestation. Fumigation and heating of the entire house are the only choices that ensure eradication in the entire structure. If the infestation is contained in a small area, local or spot control may be effective; however, hidden infestations in other parts of the structure will not be eradicated."
– State of California Department of Pesticide Regulation California Structural Pest Control Board

Fumigations

The fumigant used in tenting or whole structure fumigation, is sulfuryl fluoride. This treats all infestations simultaneously and is the most effective form of treatment available. Fumigation’s advantage over localized treatment is that it may eliminate infestations that are hidden from view. The downside is that it will be necessary to vacate the structure for 2 to 3 days while the fumigation is implemented and then ventilated.

State laws regulate the activities of structural fumigations. Since fumigations use a gas material to permeate into hidden areas of a structure where termites might be present, fumigators must be extremely careful. As a result, states regulate fumigations by ensuring licensing, insurance, security on the site, proper training of technicians, monitoring of gas amounts and proper procedures to maximize the effect of fumigations, and insure proper ventilation time during aeration process.

AGPEST will review what needs to be done prior to fumigation. We will explain thoroughly which items must be removed or properly stored. We will advise what is necessary for pets, plants, etc. Finally we will explain the process and what is done after the fumigation to prepare your return and what you must do to resume your activities in the structure.

Localized Treatments


Localized or spot treatments can be effective to treat known or accessible infestations. A variety of effective termiticides are pressure injected into the termite galleries.

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Heat Treatments



AGPEST is proud to announce our new revolutionary technology for termites control, bedbugs control and other wood destroying organism treatments, (both for whole-structural and local treatments). Our NON-CHEMICAL pest elimination system is a process that allows us to eliminate household pests WITHOUT the adversities of conventional chemical treatment!

Every living organism has a lethal temperature. Thermal Tech uses cutting-edge heat technology to eradicate pests.

The benefit of heat treatment is to treat the pests without the use of chemicals. There is relatively short period of time the structure must be vacated (hours instead of days, as with the use of fumigants). An additional advantage is that portions of large structures can be treated separately, which is useful in apartments and condominiums. There is no inconvenience to the neighboring units. Treating only the areas found to be infested, as opposed to treating entire buildings, saves you time and money.

Thermal Tech is a division of AGPEST. We own our own equipment and perform the work directly for you, without the use of a subcontractor.

What Can You Do to Help Protect Your Home From Termites?

Since termites are a constant threat to your home, here are some things you can do to minimize the potential for termite invasion. Small steps make a big difference in termite prevention and sustaining an effective termite control treatment plan in San Diego and Southern California.

Eliminate Moisture Problems
  • Repair leaking faucets, water pipes, and a/c units
  • Divert water from foundation
  • Keep gutters and down-spouts clean
  • Remove excessive plant cover and wood mulch
  • Get rid of standing water on roof
  • Keep all vents clear and open
  • Seal entry points around water and utility lines or pipes
Remove Food Sources
  • Keep firewood, lumber or paper away from foundation or crawl space
  • Get rid of stumps and debris near house
  • Place screens on outside vents
  • Check decks and wooden fences for damage
  • Wood on your home shouldn't contact the soil
Termite Warning Signs & Identification
Some indications you may have a termite infestation:
  • A temporary swarm of winged insects in your home or from the soil around your home.
  • Any cracked or bubbling paint or frass (termite droppings).
  • Wood that sounds hollow when tapped.
  • Mud tubes on exterior walls, wooden beams, or in crawl spaces.
  • Discarded wings from swarmers.

AGPEST, the Termite Escrow Experts. Here's Why...

We understand the real estate industry and the time constraints of your escrow. For over 20 years, we have partnered with our team of fumigations and repair contractors and are ready to serve you and make your escrow process as smooth and successful as we know how.

For over 30 years, AGPEST has consistently met and exceeded the Termite Pest Control Operators of California standards, as well as the Structural Pest Control Board standards for termite and pest inspections in Southern California. Reliability and dependability are qualities we are proud of and the reason why the top real estate agents choose to use us.

Termite Damage and Real Estate Transactions

Termites are widespread in the United States, so when buying a new home, termite damage should always be a consideration. Termite inspectors are trained to recognize existing termite damage homeowners and real estate agents may not recognize as threats and identify the presence of existing infestations.

Termite inspectors issue a report outlining potential threats for future infestation, such as damp basements, piles of wood, wood to ground contact or fallen trees near the home. Buyers are responsible for eliminating these threats.

If requested, the termite inspectors report can identify those conditions conducive to potential future problems with wood destroying pests and organisms. These conditions include such things as earth to wood contact, faulty drainage grades and excessive moisture areas.

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"I refer all my family, friends, neighbors, and clients to your company. As a realtor, I use termite companies regularly. Your company has always been very honest with all inspections done for my clients; showing the clients what evidence there is from termites, fungus and dry rot. The inspectors always answer questions and take time to talk with my clients and with me. I have had other inspectors give second opinions and bid the same work; your company is always the best price and your carpenters do great work - not just piece work. Thank you so much for giving me the confidence to always recommend your company."

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