Different Kinds of Termites Mean Different Types of Treatments

Drywood termites and subterranean termites are the two most prevalent species of termites found in California homes. Both species of termites eat wood; however they have very distinct habits and require different extermination treatments.


A drywood termite colony lives entirely in the wood. They need no contact with soil and colonize rafters as easily as doorposts. A single structure is typically host to multiple drywood termite colonies. Fumigation is the preferred method of eliminating drywood termites. An underground chemical barrier will not eliminate a drywood termite colony.

Subterranean Termite

Subterranean Termite

Subterranean termites nest 4 inches to 18 inches below ground. Subterranean termite nests contain many rooms, called galleries, and are connected by tunnels that run between the galleries. In total, a subterranean termite nest can have a radius of 165 to 340 feet. They construct mud tubes across hard objects (such as concrete footings) in order to gain access to a structure. The preferred method for control is placement of a chemical barrier underground, around the perimeter of the structure. Fumigation will not eliminate a subterranean termite colony.

Termite Control

Termite control starts with identification. Call Thrasher Termite & Pest Control now to schedule a termite inspection to determine if your house has termites, what kind of termites, and the best termite control options. Termite control options include–

    • localized termite treatments
    • low-toxicity termite preventatives
    • whole-house termite fumigation
    • out-building termite tenting

    After the termite inspection you will receive a detailed report that clearly explains our findings and our recommendations for correcting any termite problems.

    Termite Control Options

    We provide the least toxic, minimally invasive termite treatment plans to get the job done. Should termite fumigation or tenting be required, we’ll guide you step-by-step though the process to reduce the impact on your family.

    Green Movement

    We live here too. Thrasher Termite & Pest Control is a local, family-owned company. As part of our ongoing commitment to the communities in which we live and serve, we offer various alternative treatment methods to solving your termite control problems. We continue to stay on the cutting edge of low-toxicity application techniques in the evolving termite control industry. Ask about our eco-friendly services today!

    Termite Damage Repair

    The Thrasher Termite & Pest Control team are experts in termite damage repair. We’re licensed and bonded. Just as with our termite control service, we perform the least invasive repair remedy for problem areas in your home. Remember, after your home is treated for termites it is essential to repair damaged areas to prevent re-infestation and to prevent secondary problems.

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