Living in San Jose: Termite FAQs Answered

Frequently Asked Questions About Termites

Did you know that termites are a pest or nuisance, not because they bite or sting, but because of the damage they can cause to homes? Termites and termite damage is a common issue here in San Jose, California.  Termites are insects that eat wood and can live in the framing or wood pieces of a home and damage the integrity of that wood.

When buying or selling a house (and for maintenance while owning a house), you want to get a termite/pest inspection done to assess if or more likely home much termite activity is present in the property. To maintain your home and keep termites under control, you should get a professional inspection every three to five years. Frequent inspections make sure you don’t get a significant termite infestation and that you can address it before it gets too big of a problem.

Homeowner Experience team had the chance to interview an expert from a local termite control company to help answer these questions below.

 Living in San Jose: Termite FAQs Answered


In San Jose California, two types of termites are common. Drywood termites infest dry or damp wood and do not require contact with the soil, while subterranean termites need contact with soil or water to survive. Drywood termites have fewer members in their colonies and travel by air.  Subterranean termites feed at a much slower rate, live in bigger groups and travel through soil or infested material.

Is Spring the swarming season for most termites? 

The answer is yes. Generally, anytime in the spring, when you have a sunny day after a rainy day, is a perfect opportunity for dry wood termites to start swarming and fly to find new homes.

What are the visible signs of a termite infestation? 

If you observe carefully, you may find these signs of termite infestations: mud tubes, damaged wood, bubbling paint, sagging floors, tiny holes in drywall, termite droppings (which look like a mystery pile of sawdust), discarded wings and swarms.

Can termites be heard?

Generally, no. But there are situations where subterranean termites have such a bad infestation on a wall or a floor that the homeowners can hear them chewing on the wood at night or when their surroundings are quiet.

Keep in mind that a DIY approach doesn’t guarantee that your home will be safe. Even if it’s only a sneaking suspicion you have termites, you need to contact a professionally trained pest controller who can assist you with termite damage repair with the use of their modern equipment.

Check out our YouTube video Subterranean Termites Damage and Treatment | Drywood Termites VS. Subterranean Termites, where you’ll see a specific property getting termite treatment!


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