Nothing can be more devastating to your home than a termite infestation. The pests feed voraciously on wood and its derivatives (including paper). They will happily chew their way through most furniture and wooden support structures. You will want to prevent termites from entering your home because the moment when even a single small group manages to establish a colony within your home, all your wooden items are at risk of being eaten away.
There are three types of termites: the drywood, subterranean, and dampwood varieties. Of the three, the first two are the most common in the California area. Subterranean termites come from underground nests, and are the most likely to eat through a building’s foundations and wooden structures. Drywood termites can eat their way through even undamaged wood, and can survive in urban settings. To counter these termites, you will first need to make sure that their potential breeding grounds are as far away as possible from your home.
To discourage termites from entering your home, you can take several precautionary measures. You can keep the area around your home clear of any wood or dead plant matter that could attract the pests. You might also want to keep your gutters and downspouts clean of both debris and moisture, as they can be appealing to termites. Consider repairing leaky plumbing as soon as possible so that water does not soften your home’s structure and invite infestation.