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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    Sat’s 45-Min Maintenance: Check Your Smoke Alarms!

    Yes! The national fire safety board recommends that you check your smoke alarms monthly. Consider this your reminder. Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Press the test buttons and listen for the beeps (yes, […]

    Flexible Task Light for Work and Play

    Imagine having a light you could bend like a sheet of paper to focus or spread light all around. A light that would be able to wrap around tubes, bend into tight corners, and magnetically […]

    Lowe’s 10% Discount when You Move

    Lowe’s offers a 10% discount for people who are moving. We’ve had many friends take advantage of this great offer. Click the image below to be redirected to Lowe’s coupon page. Enjoy!

    Blast Leaves Away

    Did you know that the layers of leaves in your rain gutters make a perfect breeding ground for beetles and other pests. Blast them away before the rain starts. The Ray Padula RPGCBC Gutter Blast Telescoping Power […]

    What’s Hiding in Your Lights?

    Everything from termite wings to mouse droppings can be found in a ceiling light shield. The lighted area serves as a monitoring device. By inspecting what is in the light shield during routing cleaning, you […]

    August 11, 2012

    Saturday’s 45-Min Maintenance: Rail Check

    Check exterior railings and stairs. Repair if they are loose or showing signs of wear. Have one or two steps into the house and no railing? If you also have elderly relatives, consider adding a […]

    Saturday’s 45-Min Maintenance: Check Your Smoke Alarms!

    Yes! The national fire safety board recommends that you check your smoke alarms monthly. Consider this your reminder. Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Press the test buttons and listen for the beeps (yes, you need to do […]

    Unfamiliar Bee, Same Stings

    The native wool carder bee (Anthidium maculosum) and it’s European cousin (Anthidium manicatum) share the same crisp black and yellow markings as yellow-jackets, but these are bees, not wasps. And, yes, they sting.

    Males are territorial and very aggressive, attacking […]

    Geekiest Grill Gadget

    The award for the geekiest grill gadget goes to iGrill– the $100 temperature sensing device that sends updates to your iPhone or iPad. Other  wireless BBQ thermometers with remote cost less than a third of […]

    Screaming Deal with Chance to Win Family Vacation

    Think you’ve got the funniest reaction when encountering a bug? Enter the Show Us Your Scream Contest sponsored by our friends at PestWorld.com. The National Pest Management Association invites eligible participants to submit a photo […]

    July 31, 2012

    Sticky Spicy Barbecue Sauce

    We say good by to National Grilling Month with our favorite barbeque sauce recipe from Sunset Magazine:

    Sticky Spicy Barbecue Sauce

    This sweet sauce browns to a thick sticky glaze as it cooks. Generously baste ribs; it coats 5 […]

    Saturday’s 45-Min Maintenance: Dispose of Ash

    It’s the end of National Grilling Month. Time to clean the grill, but please do not empty the ash into the garden. Ashes from charcoal burning barbeques are toxic from the bonding agents in commercially […]

    Great Gear! Grill Gauge

    Want to know just how much propane you have left in a 20lb tank? Pressure gages are a wast of money. Pressure tells you nothing; however weight tells it all. We find the grill gauge […]

    Deal Day: $20 / $20 Deal is Back

    $20/$20 Deal–$20 off your next pest control treatment when you refer a friend who schedules a pest control service with us, PLUS your friend receives $20 off their first pest control treatment. To redeem, make […]

    Salt Saves the Grill

    Keep a box of salt next to the barbeque…for fire supression. Never dump water to stop a flare-up, you’ll just create flying ash and soot that will get all over your food. Instead, douse flare-ups […]

    Saturday’s 45-Min Maintenance: Check Your Deck

    If you have wood decks, check them for signs of wear or deterioration. Repair or replace as needed. If you have nails popping up, consider replacing them with galvanized screws instead. Have more than 45 […]

    Name July’s Pests and Save $10

    Find Thrasher Termite & Pest Control, Inc. on Google+ and look for the post naming July’s two top pests–then write them on your bill for a $10 discount. Once you’ve found us on Google +, […]

    Great Gear! Rib Rack

    Those rib racks for the grill?  Hold off on your purchase. They ARE a great idea, but chances are you already own one. They are nothing more than a roasting rack turned upside down! We’ve […]

    How to Clean a Barbecue Mop

    Two ways to clean a barbecue mop:

    wash in hot, soapy water and hang to dry
    or rinse in hot water and put in the dishwasher.

    An even better solution is a silicon barbeque mop. It does the job without […]

    How to control flies & keep them from being the “life” of your party

    House fly control requires a commitment to vigilant sanitation. Remove trash regularly and use well-sealing garbage receptacles to get rid of house flies around waste bins. Clean up pet waste immediately. Use fine mesh screens […]

    Saturday’s 45-Min Maintenance: Dispose of Toxins Safely

    Dispose of old paint, solvents, and other toxic substances. Use it up if you can, otherwise contact your waste disposal company for disposal Instructions. NEVER pour toxic substances down the sink drain, storm drain, or […]

    Great Gear! Tagine on the Grill

    In Morocco, stews are slow-cooked in a Tagine over a bed of coals. We use the Weber as the heat source and a terracota tagine to produce the most delicious Moroccan dishes. A tagine features […]

    Deal Day: Plus Us and Minus $10

    Find Thrasher Termite & Pest Control, Inc. on Google+ and look for the post naming July’s two top pests–then write them on your bill for a $10 discount. Once you’ve found us on Google +, […]

    National Grilling Month Food Safety

    You don’t have to clean your barbeque grill after each use; however for hygenic reasons, it is imporant to heat it to a high temperature (225F) before you use it again. Typically this means that […]

    Cockroach Control Starts with Eliminating Hiding Places

    In most cases, harborage, not food and water are the major factors  which determine the size of a domestic cockroach population. Where do cockroaches love to hide? In tight areas—between stacks of paper bags, piles […]

    Saturday’s 45-Min Maintenance: Test Smoke Alarms and Grill Safely

    Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Press the test buttons and listen for the beeps (yes, you need to do this monthly). No beeps? Change the batteries and retest.

    Also, this is National Grilling month. […]

    Show Us Your Scream

    Think you’ve got the funniest reaction when encountering a bug? Enter the Show Us Your Scream Contest sponsored by our friends at PestWorld.com. Enter by submitting a photo or video of your supreme scream for […]

    Deal Day: Independence Day

    Lowe’s and The Home Depot offer veterans’ discount for any and all veterans.   It gives a 10% discount to eligible patrons on selected patriotic holiday weekends such as Independence Day, Memorial Day and Veterans’ […]

    National Grilling Month

    We love National Grilling Month. Are you ready to grill? Easily clean your barbeque grill by placing it in your oven and then turning on the self-cleaning cycle. Last year’s crud bakes right off.

    More Hummingbirds, Less Ants

    Concentrated sugar water used to feed hummingbirds will attract ants. The ants then drive the birds away and you have an ant problem. In the past, mineral oil, vasoline or a very fine fishing line […]

    June 30, 2012

    Saturday’s 45-Min Maintenance: Clear the Attic Vent Blockage

    Make sure attic vents function properly. They should not be blocked with storage items or insulation from inside your attic, and should be clear of branches, leaf litter, and cobwebs from the outside. Clear and […]

    Great Gear! Soooo Coooool Attic Fan

    About two years ago, we retrofitted all of our ineffective wind-powered  attic fans with solar powered attic fans. The house has never been so cool in the summer. The reduction in AC use paid for the new […]

    Deal Day: $20 / $20 Deal

    $20/$20 Deal–$20 off your next pest control treatment when you refer a friend who schedules a pest control service with us, PLUS your friend receives $20 off their first pest control treatment. To redeem, make […]

    Get Rid of Dust Mites

    Want to get rid of dust mites? Washing sheets and pillow cases in cold water helps reduce the presence of mite allergens, but it does not kill the mites. Use water at above 130 F […]

    Avoiding Summer Pests

    NPMA’s Missy Henriksen shared advice on what homeowners should do to protect their families from the dangers of pests such as ticks, bed bugs, and mosquitoes. ABC’s ‘The Revolution’ included a lengthy segment on the health […]

    Saturday’s 45-Min Maintenance: Clean Vents

    Another tip in honor of National Safety Month: Clothes dryer vents should be checked at least once a year to make sure they are clear of any lint buildup that could cause a fire. Clean vent tubes […]

    Great Gear! LintEater

    You might want to purchase this piece of Great Gear! before you read tomorrow’s 45-Minute Home Maintenance task. Besides, what’s not to like about a tool with “eater” in the name that attaches to a power drill? […]

    Healthy Home Tuesday: No More Scum

    Hate soap scum? So do we. After  we had our shower tiled, our tile mason suggested we switch from bar soap to body wash. Four years later, the shower tiles are still clean and shiny. […]

    Keep Bees Away From Kids

    Keep digger bees and wasps away from the kids. Sometimes, playground sand boxes serve as a nesting site for solitary insects that congregate in large numbers. The children can get stung, but no pesticides should […]

    45-Min Maintenance: Prevent Floods

    Check hoses on your clothes washer, refrigerator, and dishwasher. If they show signs of deterioration, replace them now, before you have a flood!

    Great Gear! Stop Leaks and Stop Bugs

    For just a little over a buck, you can stop most garden hoses from leaking a the faucet. Inside the end of your garden hose is a nylon or rubber washer, usually a circular black […]

    Best Pest Control Services

    Check out our pest control service listing on Thumbtack. Thumtack.com is a new web-list of local services. Just as Thrasher Termite & Pest Control stays up on the latest developments in pest control, we also try reach […]

    Deal Day: Free Estate Planning Seminar

    An outdated estate plan can cost you and your family thousands of dollars in unnecessary expenses and years of headaches.  Don’t let this happen to you.  Friend of Thrasher Termite & Pest Control, Attorney Nancy […]

    Healthy Home Tuesday: Discourage Garden Rats

    Squirrels are rats with bushy tails. They can also be quite adorable when not digging up your garden or or eating your strawberries. To discourage squirrels from digging in vegetable gardens or flowerbeds, insert a […]

    “The Silverfish Ate My Tax Returns”

    Silverfish are chewing insects and general feeders but prefer carbohydrates and protein, including flour, dried meat, rolled oats, paper and even glue. They and can survive long periods, sometimes over a year, without food but are sensitive […]

    45min Maintenance: This Two-Minute Task Can Save Your Life

    Here’s your monthly reminder to test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Press the test buttons, hear the beeps and know you are doing your best to keep your family safe. No beeps? Change the batteries.

    Great Gear! for Family Fun

    We’re suckers for fun, outdoor family games. Our latest craze is Spinnerz–it’s kind of like verticle shuffleboard.

    Deal Day: Thank You for Being a Friend

    Back by popular demand…$10 off your next pest control treament when you “like us on facebook.” Discount is on the honor system, just say “I Like You” when you call or write it on your […]

    Healthy Home Tuesday: No More Tears

    To keep your eyes from stinging when chopping onions, wear swim goggles. Running water, chopping near an open flame, bread in your mouth–none of these other solutions really work against the airborn irritanants from a […]

    Telltale Signs of Paper Wasps

    The Mediteranean Paper Wasp will often nest behind a space in vinyl or aluminum siding. You cannot see the classic paper nest from the exterior. Neither can the wasp. Apparently the wasps smear their fecal […]

    45 Min Maintenance: Chimney and Fireplace

    Have a fireplace? Add chimney caps if you don’t already have them. They prevent birds and rodents from making the firebox of your fireplace their summer home. It’s also time to clean out your fireplace […]

    Great Gear! The Classic Coal Shovel

    It’s a classic, costs less than $5 and is useful anywhere there’s been fire (grill, fireplace, fire pit) The coal shovel design hasn’t changed in a hundred years.

    May 31, 2012

    Deal Day: $20/$20 Deal

    $20/$20 Deal–$20 off your next pest control treatment when you refer a friend who schedules a pest control service with us, PLUS your friend receives $20 off their first pest control treatment. To redeem, make […]

    Even Nice Homes Have Cockroaches

    No one wants to admit their home has cockroaches. In fact, these sneaky bugs may be in residence without your knowledge. Cockroaches hide in the smallest cracks and crevices and usually only come out at […]

    Bee or Yellowjacket?










    Bee or Yellowjacket? It doesn’t much matter if you get stung.
    Your Role in Bee Sting Control—
    -Remain calm and quiet and slowly move away from bees. Buzzing insects will sting if they feel threatened so do not […]

    Saturday’s 45-min Home Maintenance

    Cut back any trees or branches that are touching the siding or roof. Safety Note: use a sturdy ladder, have someone with you to assist, and if you can’t reach the branch without over-extending yourself, […]

    Deal Day

    $10 off your next pest control treatment when you “LIKE” us on Facebook. Discount is on the honor system, just say “I Like You” when you call, or write “I Liked You On Facebook” on […]

    The Bigger the Bee the Smaller the Sting

    Carpenter bees are the B52’s of the bee world (the big airplane, not the band!). Huge, shiny black, and very noisy, being buzzed by a carpenter bee can be a frightening experience unless you realize […]

    April 20, 2012

    Combat Swarming Carpenter Ants

    Carpenter Ants are swarming in Silicon Valley. Once these tough pests get a foothold in your house, they are difficult to eradicate. Right now, be proactive. When you see carpenter ants, spray them with…wait for […]

    Bees in Your Easter Bonnet?


    Bees and other stinging insects send more than 500,000 people to the emergency room each year. 
    Your Role in Bee Control—
    -Limit the number of flowering plants in your garden

    -Keep flowering plants well away from patio areas

    -Keep […]

    Why Care that It’s National Pest Management Month?

    No, we’re not hoping for greeting cards. From San Jose to San Diego, pest control calls spike in April as insects get busy bugging people.

    Thrasher Termite & Pest Control is a proud member of the […]

    March 29, 2012

    Ants in Your Pantry?

    Ants are the #1 nuisance pest in the United States. Ants are social insects that typically live in underground colonies, made up of workers and a queen. Ants will eat practically any kind of food, […]

    February 13, 2012

    Silverfish–Sort of Silver, Definitely Not Fish

    Look what dropped in on us recently. Silverfish are wingless and are silver or brown in color because their bodies are covered with fine scales. They are generally soft bodied, up to 3/4 inch long, […]

    Carpenter Bees

    Carpenter Bees make wood look like it’s been drilled with a 1/2 bit. Unlike termites, they don’t eat the wood. They’re pollen consumers who like a snug wood home to rest and reproduce.