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(650) 530-0987
(408) 874-6926

Serving Santa Clara, San Mateo, and Alameda Counties

Services include Control Treatments, Deck & Bathroom Repairs, Localized Treatments & Fumigations, Preventative Subterranean Termite, Structural Inspections & Repair. Brands include .
License PR-5223 | DCID6509695556
(408) 874-6913

Serving all of Santa Clara County including San Jose, Sunnyvale, Mountain View and Santa Clara.

Services include termite fumigation, termite prevention, termiticide application, termite extermination and drywood termite control. Brands include Cyran, Dragnet, and Sentricon...
License 938, 8972 | DCID6504930445
(877) 616-9421
(510) 621-3974

Serving Northern California

Services include termite inspections, termite prevention, pest control, green pest control and infestation removal. Brands include XT-2000 Orange Oil and Bora-Care...
License 5139 | DCID8006691900
(877) 630-1288

Serving Santa Clara, Alameda and San Mateo Counties

Services include Fumigation, Local Treatments, Orange Oil, Soil Injection. Brands include Orange Oil, Premise, Termidor, Vikane.
License 3030 | DCID4089291992
(888) 322-8889

Serving the Entire Bay Area including Alameda and Contra Costa Counties

Services include Commercial & Industrial, Damage Repair, Environmentally-Friendly Treatments, Escrow Inspection, Fumigation, Residential, Termite Inspection & Control. Brands include .
License 4138, 10185 |

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More than 200,000 customers of local companies have been interviewed in live telephone calls, and only companies that score Highest in Quality in customer satisfaction–a 90+ on a 100 scale–as well as pass all of the credential-based ratings earn Diamond Certified. By requiring such a high score to qualify, the Diamond Certified program eliminates mediocre and poorly performing companies. Read detailed information about the ratings and certification process.

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Why You Need a Good Termite Control Service in Santa Clara County

Termites can make any Santa Clara County homeowner cringe because the tiny insects can cause serious damage to wooden home structures.

Many people in Santa Clara County consider termites to be the bane of local homeowners. With more than 2500 different types of termites in the world, and at least 17 varieties living in California, homeowners are in a constant battle to protect their homes from the destruction termites can cause with wood structures....

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Termites can make any Santa Clara County homeowner cringe because the tiny insects can cause serious damage to wooden home structures.

Many people in Santa Clara County consider termites to be the bane of local homeowners. With more than 2500 different types of termites in the world, and at least 17 varieties living in California, homeowners are in a constant battle to protect their homes from the destruction termites can cause with wood structures.

It's important to note that not all termite infestations are bad, provided they are not in or close to our homes. Termites play a vital role in the breakdown and recycling of wood materials, and when they tunnel in the ground, they contribute to aerating the soil and adding nutrients that allow for better plant growth. The problem comes when termites decide to make their homes in and around human structures.

So how can you tell if you have a termite infestation in and around your home? It's important to realize that not all termites invade home structures. In fact, there are four basic types of termites: dampwood, drywood, subterranean, and mound builders.

What's the Difference Between Types of Termites?
Mound building termites are most common in South America, Australia, and Africa. As their name implies, they build large mounds, either on the ground or in trees, that can reach 25 feet or higher. There are no mound-building termites in North America.

Subterranean termites are those that live underground. They require moist environments and burrow through the ground, and can cause damage to foundations wooden and structural supports, particularly if there is wood rot in the structure.

Dampwood termites are most common in cool, humid areas, particularly along the central and northern coastal regions in California, and they can be found in wood that is high in moisture, both above ground and below ground. This makes them the typical pest of beach homes; however, they may also be found in high-humidity woods and forests, and can cause damage to mountain cabins.

Drywood termites can be found in dry, undecayed wood, and have been found in human structures, trees (including orchards), utility poles, posts, and lumber used for building. They are most likely found in dryer regions of California, including deserts, but can occur in the coastal areas, as well. Drywood termites typically nest above ground.

How Do I Confirm a Termite Infestation?
The first sign of a termite infestation in or around your home may come in the form of unusual insect swarms, because termites tend to swarm in fall and spring. You may notice what appears to be tunneling in wood, and wood darkening or blistering. Wood that has been damaged by termites can be thin, soft, and easily punctured by a knife or screwdriver.

Termite identification is fairly simple in that termites are often mistaken for the flying forms of ants, but tend to be larger, with some varieties being up to an inch long, and their wings, body shape and antennae are different than those of ants. Typically, termites have a wider body, their wings are different, and their antennae are not bent or jointed like an ants. While this may help you know if you have a termite infestation, it is important to have this confirmed by a certified professional as there are other ways of determining if you have termites, as well, and a certified professional can determine the exact type of termite that has invaded your home, and prepare a treatment solution specific to that type.

Unlike other pests, a termite infestation presents a different type of challenge. Whereas many pests invading our Santa Clara County homes are coming in to seek shelter and food that may be lying around in our home (whether that be other insects, or food crumbs that have fallen into the cracks between our stove and refrigerator), or have just wandered in through an open door or on the back of a pet, termites seek out our homes specifically as a food source and a place of shelter, and they can invade portions of the home not readily accessible by homeowners. As a result, the knowledge needed to eliminate the problem is more specialized, as someone involved in termite control needs to have special knowledge of building construction, as well as termite identification and biology. While a homeowner may be able to identify an infestation, it is advisable that a professional be hired to inspect and treat the home.

Before hiring a Santa Clara County termite company to inspect and treat the home, it's important to realize that having the same company do both could be a conflict of interest as some companies pay on commission. Therefore, someone inspecting your home may determine that you require more work than is necessary. It is advisable that you have your home inspected by a termite inspector who will not also do the termite repair work, then provide a copy of the inspection to whichever company you choose to eliminate the problem.

There are many things you can do to try to prevent a termite infestation from occurring. Some of these include keeping all wooden parts of a building structure at least 12 inches above the ground; identifying and correcting any structural issues that may promote termite infestations, such as the use of stucco siding that reaches to the ground; keeping attic and foundation areas well ventilated; regular examination of the exterior of the building, including any utility or services boxes attached to the exterior of the building; replacing wood favored by termites with wood that is more resistant to termite infestations; and placing a sand barrier around the building's foundation. If you are building or remodeling a home, you may want to look into your options for preventing termite infestations prior to beginning the building or remodeling project.

While prevention is always the best, once a home or structure has a termite infestation, in order to maintain the safety of the structure, the problem has to be eliminated. How do you do that?

Look for Certified Termite Control Companies in Santa Clara County
All Diamond Certified companies located in Santa Clara County, including those in San Jose, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, Mountain View, Milpitas, Palo Alto, Cupertino, Gilroy, Campbell, and Morgan Hill, have been thoroughly researched for you, including certification verification, and reliability. If one of these companies does not appear to meet your needs, you will have to do the research yourself. Where to begin?

It's important to note that termite control is a carefully regulated industry in California and Santa Clara County due to the use of pesticides. Indiscriminate pesticide use can cause illness in people and animals. For this reason, it is important to ensure that your termite control technicians, applicators and supervisors are licensed and certified pursuant to state regulations.

In California, the Structural Pest Control Board ("SPCB") licenses termite control companies and provides courses and examinations towards that licensing. There are different types of certifications and licenses, and different areas in which someone can be certified or licensed. The SPCB recognizes three branches of structural pest control: Branch 1 is the practice of using fumigation with poisonous or lethal gases to control household and wood-destroying pests; Branch 2 uses methods other than fumigation with poisonous or lethal gases; and Branch 3 uses insecticides or structural repairs and corrections, excluding fumigation with poisonous or lethal gases.

The different of licenses issued by the SPCB include applicator, field representative, and operator. An applicator is someone in an entry level position, and they cannot be licensed in Branch 1. If you require a termite contractor to use fumigation techniques to eliminate a termite infestation, it is important to ensure whoever comes into your home is licensed as a field representative or operator.

In addition to the Structural Pest Control Board, other organizations may certify or license a company, including, but not limited to, the County Agricultural Commissioner, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Pesticide Regulation, and the California Department of Public Health. Additionally, many termite control companies in Santa Clara County may hold membership in other organizations, as well. These could include National Pest Management Association and Pest Control Operators of California.

Most of the organizations that certify and license companies for termite control also maintain a database of complaints and the validity of licensing and certification, as does the Better Business Bureau. When considering termite control, remember, you have the right to ask questions, and asking for the particulars of a company's certification and licensing is one step you can use to ensure you are working with a reputable company, and checking out a company's reputation is the responsible thing to do before you begin working with a company.

Now that you've done some basic research on termite control companies in Santa Clara County, it's time to talk with a few local companies. When you interview them, make sure you have a written list of questions and note each company's answers. Don't settle for the first Santa Clara County company you interview. You have a right to explore your options, but keep in mind that the longer you wait, the more damage termites can do to your home or building.

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Know What You Want
What to Ask Yourself Prior to Hiring a Termite Inspector or Removal Service

Before you begin interviewing termite control companies in Santa Clara County, ask yourself what types of services you need, and what you are looking for in a termite control company. Some questions to ask yourself are:...

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Before you begin interviewing termite control companies in Santa Clara County, ask yourself what types of services you need, and what you are looking for in a termite control company. Some questions to ask yourself are:

  • Do I want a Diamond Certified company that is rated best in quality and backed by the Diamond Certified Guarantee?
  • Has my home been inspected by an independent inspector and do I have a report from them as to the extent of the damage?
  • How often do I want to have termite control in my home? Is this a one-time event, or do I want a regular visit every month, or within some other time frame?
  • Are there any chemicals I am sensitive to?
  • Do I want an integrated approach to my termite control problem?
  • Am I planning to sell my home and, if so, what do I need to do to ensure it is well protected from termites.
  • Am I wanting to go as natural as possible, utilizing non-chemical methods of termite control?
  • Do I know if my whole house needs to be treated or does it appear to be a localized infestation?
  • Am I looking for prevention as well as control of the current problem?
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What to Ask on the Phone
Questions to Ask Termite Companies on the Phone

Initial contact with any Santa Clara termite control company, including those in San Jose, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, Mountain View, Milpitas, Palo Alto, Cupertino, Gilroy, Campbell, Morgan Hill and the surrounding towns, will most likely be via telephone....

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Initial contact with any Santa Clara termite control company, including those in San Jose, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, Mountain View, Milpitas, Palo Alto, Cupertino, Gilroy, Campbell, Morgan Hill and the surrounding towns, will most likely be via telephone.

When talking to a termite control company on the telephone, a homeowner needs to be prepared to answer questions and describe the problem. You should be able to explain why you think you may have a termite infestation, and what you are looking for in terms of how you would like it eliminated. Be consistent with your descriptions in order to gain an accurate assessment from each company you talk to. Take notes of the conversations so you can compare the different Santa Clara County termite control companies.

Some questions you may be asked during this process are:

  • When did you first notice the problem?
  • Does the damage appear to be contained to one area?
  • Have you had your home inspected by a licensed building inspector who specializes in structural damage from termites?
  • Can you tell if the damage is mostly to the exterior of the home or have you found signs of interior damage, as well?
  • Do you have a report from the inspector indicating the extent of the damage?
  • Are you looking for prevention, as well as elimination of the current problem?

Once you have answered questions and described the problem, it is your turn to ask questions. You may have many questions for the termite control companies in Santa Clara County. If you aren't sure where to begin, some important questions to consider are:

  • Has your company earned and maintained a Diamond Certified rating?
  • How long has the company been in business?
  • Do you have a website?
  • What pesticides will you use? Can I see a copy of the material safety data sheet?
  • Are you properly licensed, certified, bonded and insured?
  • Do you require a deposit before beginning work?
  • What is your license number?
  • Do your employees hold any special training and certifications?
  • Can you provide Integrated Pest Management options?
  • Can you provide references?
  • If I hire you for one job, will I be required to sign up for a maintenance service?
  • How does the company solve customer complaints?
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What to Ask in Person
Questions to Ask In In-Person Interviews with Local Termite Control Companies

After you've interviewed several Santa Clara County termite control companies by telephone, it's time to meet with a few in person. You may do this in their offices, or they may want to come into your home to see the affected area(s). You should not feel pressured to have anyone in your home if you are not comfortable; therefore, you may want to consider meeting in their offices first and arranging a walk-through by appointment during a time when you will be home with someone. Always go with whatever is most comfortable for you....

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After you've interviewed several Santa Clara County termite control companies by telephone, it's time to meet with a few in person. You may do this in their offices, or they may want to come into your home to see the affected area(s). You should not feel pressured to have anyone in your home if you are not comfortable; therefore, you may want to consider meeting in their offices first and arranging a walk-through by appointment during a time when you will be home with someone. Always go with whatever is most comfortable for you.

When meeting with a termite control company in San Jose, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, Mountain View, Milpitas, Palo Alto, Cupertino, Gilroy, Campbell, Morgan Hill, or one of the surrounding towns in person, there are some questions you should ask regarding their services:

  • How soon can you start the termite extermination?
  • Is the work warranted? If so, for how long?
  • What does the warranty entail and is it a written warranty?
  • Once you start treatment, how long will it take to complete?
  • Do I need to move out of my home while you work?
  • How long will I need to stay out of the area?
  • Is there a drying time for any wet chemicals?
  • Will there be any lingering odors?
  • Will repeat treatments be necessary?
  • If the problem doesn't go away after you have completed treatment, will I be charged for you to come back and do it again?
  • Will I need to wash all surfaces and dishes, etc. before using them after you have applied treatment?
  • Will clean up afterwards be required? If so, am I responsible for that?
  • Are you insured and/or bonded? (Ask to see a certificate of insurance and find out if the company carries complete insurance coverage with adequate coverage that includes an "errors and omissions" clause that covers accidents like inadvertent staining on carpets or breakage of items.)
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What to Ask References
Questions for Termite Company References

It's best to choose a Diamond Certified termite control company because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other companies can't pass. If you want quality from a termite control company in Santa Clara County, you can have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified company. Diamond Certified reports are available online for all certified companies. And you'll never be fooled by fake reviews....

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It's best to choose a Diamond Certified termite control company because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other companies can't pass. If you want quality from a termite control company in Santa Clara County, you can have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified company. Diamond Certified reports are available online for all certified companies. And you'll never be fooled by fake reviews. That's because all research is performed in live telephone interviews of actual customers.

If you can't find a Diamond Certified termite control company within reach, you'll have to do some research on your own. If you do, it's wise to call some references provided by your termite control company. Keep in mind, though, that references provided to you by the termite control company are not equal in value to the large random sample of customers surveyed during the Diamond Certified ratings process. That's because references given to customers from companies are cherry-picked instead of randomly selected from all their customers. So the contractors will likely give you a few customers to call that they know are satisfied.

If you do call references on your own, specifically ask for a list of the company's 10 most recent customers. This will help avoid them giving you the names of only customers they know were satisfied.

  • Were the employees of this company courteous and helpful?
  • Did they explain clearly what they were going to do so you could ask questions?
  • If you needed this type of service again, would you use this Santa Clara County termite control company again?
  • Were you satisfied with the work from this Santa Clara County termite control company?
  • Was the work completed in a timely manner?
  • Did they provide you with termite control options?
  • Were you pleased with the work they did for you and the length of time it took to complete the work?
  • Do you feel the price was fair for the work that was done?
  • Would you recommend this company to others who have experienced termite infestation issues?
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Review Your Options
Hire Good Termite Control Companies in Santa Clara County

Your choice of a termite control company will depend on your needs. It is important to evaluate all of the information you have received after speaking with different companies and talking to references. In addition, before deciding on the best termite control company in Santa Clara County for you, it's important to consider the following questions:...

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Your choice of a termite control company will depend on your needs. It is important to evaluate all of the information you have received after speaking with different companies and talking to references. In addition, before deciding on the best termite control company in Santa Clara County for you, it's important to consider the following questions:

  • Can a termite control company in Santa Clara County satisfy your needs and eliminate your problem?
  • Is the company willing to spend the time necessary to communicate with you exactly what needs to be done and how it will be done?
  • Is the company willing to warranty their work and guarantee your satisfaction?
  • Is the company willing to provide follow up care for minimal or no cost, if their first treatment doesn't work as planned?
  • Are they willing to provide you with a written contract and warranty for their work?
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How to Work With
Sign a Contract with Your Santa Clara County Termite Specialist

Once you hire a termite extermination company, it will be important to maintain contact with the extermination company to ensure everything is going according to plan. You'll also want to verify that no problems have come up during the process, including the termite infestation being larger than originally thought.

When you are satisfied with the information your Santa Clara County termite control company has given you, you are ready to proceed. At this point, it is wise to sign a contract that includes a warranty for the termite spraying or repair work to be done....

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Once you hire a termite extermination company, it will be important to maintain contact with the extermination company to ensure everything is going according to plan. You'll also want to verify that no problems have come up during the process, including the termite infestation being larger than originally thought.

When you are satisfied with the information your Santa Clara County termite control company has given you, you are ready to proceed. At this point, it is wise to sign a contract that includes a warranty for the termite spraying or repair work to be done.

Any changes to your original contract should be completed in writing. Do not give a verbal agreement for anything without having it put into writing and signed by both you and the company. Some things to look for in a termite control contract are:

  • Possible exclusion clauses in the contract. Exclusion clauses specify the things that can cause the contract to be canceled.
  • Can either you or the termite control company cancel? Will there be penalties assessed if you cancel the contract?
  • Is there an arbitration clause or other method to settle possible disputes?
  • The contract should be signed by both parties.
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Be a Good Customer
How Can You Be A Good Santa Clara Termite Control Company Customer?

It's the termite control company's responsibility to put forth the best work possible, but you play a big part in the success of your termite control company, too. Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring an Santa Clara County termite control company....

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It's the termite control company's responsibility to put forth the best work possible, but you play a big part in the success of your termite control company, too. Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring an Santa Clara County termite control company.

  • Remember, a friendly smile goes a long way!
  • Be clear and upfront with the termite control company. Let them know what you want from your termite control company, the long-term outcome you're expecting and specific ways they can satisfy your expectations.
  • Before you hire a termite control company in Santa Clara County, restate your expectations and goals, and reiterate to the termite control company representative your understanding of the agreement. Most problems with local termite control companies occur because of a breakdown in communication. By being clear about your expectations and theirs, you can avoid most conflicts.
  • Ask your termite control company if you should call to check on the progress or if he will call you with updates.
  • Be sure your service representative has a phone number where they can reach you at all times while they're working. The work will move along more smoothly if your termite control company can reach you for any necessary updates, questions or work authorizations.
  • When your contractor contacts you, return calls promptly to keep the termite control company on schedule.
  • Pay for the termite control company work promptly.

Why would you want to be a good customer? Termite control companies in Santa Clara County appreciate customers who are straightforward, honest and easy to work with. Your good customer behavior sets the tone from your end and creates an environment conducive to a good

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Check the Work
Check The Termite Removal Work

Upon the completion of the treatment in your San Jose, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, Mountain View, Milpitas, Palo Alto, Cupertino, Gilroy, Campbell, or Morgan Hill home, you will want to sit down with the Santa Clara County termite control company representative and go over the invoice and the work completed. Have the termite control worker explain clearly the work that was done, and any follow up work that needs to be done by the company or by you....

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Upon the completion of the treatment in your San Jose, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, Mountain View, Milpitas, Palo Alto, Cupertino, Gilroy, Campbell, or Morgan Hill home, you will want to sit down with the Santa Clara County termite control company representative and go over the invoice and the work completed. Have the termite control worker explain clearly the work that was done, and any follow up work that needs to be done by the company or by you. Make sure you have a clear understanding of the work that was done so that, should the problem arise again, you will be able to communicate with the company clearly regarding what has been done and what may still need to be done. Additionally, obtain an accurate list of any chemicals that were used in case you or someone in your home has a reaction to them.

Finally, review all work completed with what is on the invoice you receive from the termite control company to ensure all work being paid for was actually done, and that all work was done to your satisfaction.

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Written Warranties
Written Guarantees for Termite Removal and Termite Control Services

When the work is completed, your Santa Clara County termite control company is required to give you a written invoice. This should include:...

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When the work is completed, your Santa Clara County termite control company is required to give you a written invoice. This should include:

  • The name and physical address of the company and any license or certification numbers they may have.
  • An itemized list of all work performed.
  • Any charges for special equipment utilized.
  • What part of the work is under warranty?
  • How long the warranty is valid.

If an invoice does not include this information, be sure to ask for any warranties or guarantees in writing so that you will have them if a problem arises. Note how long the warranties are, and take special note of anything that may void a warranty, such as new construction or changes to the foundation of your home. If you are planning any changes to the structure, you should discuss this with your termite control company so that preventative treatment can take place at the appropriate time during the construction.

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If Things Go Wrong
The Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee

Diamond Certified termite control contractors are backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. If the termite removal company is Diamond Certified and you can't resolve the issue by talking with the owner, contact the mediation department at info@diamondcertified.org or call 800-738-1138....

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Diamond Certified termite control contractors are backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. If the termite removal company is Diamond Certified and you can't resolve the issue by talking with the owner, contact the mediation department at info@diamondcertified.org or call 800-738-1138.

Easy Ways To End Conflict with Your Santa Clara County Termite Control Company
When working with any company, it is hoped that things will fall into place and go according to plan, and that your working relationship with the company will be a good one. Sometimes things don't happen the way we would like and problems arise. Prior to hiring a company to address your termite control issues, you should find out what sorts of conflict resolution are built into the contract. If a conflict arises, you should first follow what is written in the contract to address any disputes.

If you are unable to reach a resolution of your problems, other measures may need to be taken, which may include contacting the Better Business Bureau, the Structural Pest Control Board, or the California Department of Consumer Affairs. If you are still unable to resolve your conflict you may need to hire an attorney to assist you; however, to preserve goodwill, if possible, this should be a last resort.

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Glossary of Terms
Glossary of Termite Control Terms and Definitions
Photo: ATCO Pest Control (2013)

As every industry has its own terminology, so when meeting with representatives of local termite control companies, it is helpful to know some of the common terms used in termite extermination and their definitions.

dampwood termites
Termites that prefer wood that has a high moisture content.

drywood termites
Usually found in dry, non-decayed wood, including live trees, buildings, utility poles, etc....

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As every industry has its own terminology, so when meeting with representatives of local termite control companies, it is helpful to know some of the common terms used in termite extermination and their definitions.

dampwood termites
Termites that prefer wood that has a high moisture content.

drywood termites
Usually found in dry, non-decayed wood, including live trees, buildings, utility poles, etc.

hardwood
Wood from non-evergreen trees such as maple, oak, ash, etc. Some termites prefer to bore into hardwood.

Integrated Pest Management
A planned pest control program using various methods, including pesticides, structural alterations, regular inspection and monitoring, etc. to control pests, including termites.

Also known as: IPM

mound building termites
Termites that build large mounds instead of burrowing into wood or the soil. Most common in Australia, South America, and Africa.

new wood
Standing or freshly felled trees and unseasoned lumber. Some termite species prefer new wood and seek out standing trees or those that have been recently cut.

old wood
Seasoned or dried lumber.This type of wood may attract some types of termites, including drywood termites.

softwood
Wood from evergreen trees such as pines, firs, and spruces. Drywood termites often prefer this type of wood.

subterranean termites
Colonies of termites that reside underground. Can cause damage to home foundations.

swarmers
The winged forms of male and female termites that leave the colony in the spring or fall, usually in a large swarm.

Also known as: alates

swarming
When the winged forms of male and female termites leave the colony to mate and start new colonies. Swarms are often the first sign of a termite infestation.

termite bait
An attractant, usually an artificial or chemical substance that is consumed like food. Most termite baits contain a toxin that termites ingest or take back to their nests where large numbers of termites ingest the toxin.

termite shield
A barrier, usually made of a metal that does not corrode, that is placed in or on a foundation wall or at some other point in a structure to prevent termites from entering.

termiticide
Pesticide used to protect a structure against subterranean termites. Termiticide is usually sprayed by a termite extermination company. However, some termiticides are available for purchase by consumers at hardware stores or garden centers.

trenching
A method of preventing termites from entering a structure by digging a trench around the structure and treating the soil used to fill in the trench with a termiticide or other termite preventative.

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Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ for Local Termite Prevention Companies and Exterminators

Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified termite control company? ...

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Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified termite control company?
A: Diamond Certified helps you choose a local termite control company with confidence by offering a list of top-rated local companies who have passed the country's most in-depth rating process. Only termite control company rated Highest in Quality earn the prestigious Diamond Certified award. Most companies can't pass the ratings. American Ratings Corporation also monitors every Diamond Certified company with ongoing research and ratings. And your purchase is backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. So you'll feel confident choosing a Diamond Certified termite control company.

Q: Why does the termite control company need to drill inside my house?
A: Drilling inside a structure allows the pest management professional to create a better barrier against termites.

Q: My neighbors have just found out they have termites. Should I have my house inspected to see if I have them, too?
A: While your risk is higher if your neighbor has termites, it does not mean you will have them; however, having your home inspected is the first step to peace of mind. If you do not have termites, you can then meet with a company to determine the best way to prevent termites from invading your home.

Q: Can I try to get rid of termites myself?
A: Yes, but obtaining the chemicals and proper equipment can be difficult, expensive, and time consuming. Additionally, professional termite control specialists have access to termiticides and equipment not available to the average person, which may be more effective. You should also consider that, because chemicals can be harmful, if you are not familiar with how best to use the chemicals in a safe manner, it is best to let the professionals handle them.

Q: We had our house treated a couple of years ago, so why do we have termites again?
A: Check your treatment warranty to determine how long the treatment should last. If you are still within that time frame, try to determine if something happened that may have opened up a path for the termites to get into your home. New construction, the removal of soil, or changes to your foundation can cause barriers to open up and termites to invade.

Q: Help! I have termites in my home. What do I do?
A: Don't panic. While termites can do severe damage to a structure, it usually takes a while. If your home was previously treated for termites, see if you are still within the warranty for the treatment and proceed from there by contacting the company that first treated your home. If your home has never been treated, it's time to seek out help.

Q: Does mulch attract termites?
A: Any type of cellulose can attract termites. Damp conditions under layers of mulch are ideal habitat for termites. Landscape mulch should be used sparingly and care should be taken not to place mulch against wood siding, window sills or door thresholds.

Q: Many stores sell bait stations for termites. Do they work?
A: They do kill termites, but they need to be maintained, and it may take quite a few of them to do the job. Talk with a termite control company about whether your termite infestation is small enough to effectively be controlled by a bait station, or whether you need termite tenting or extermination services.

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Agencies and Associations for Termite Control Companies

California Association of Pest Control Advisers (CAPCA) (http://www.capca.com/)
California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) (www.dca.ca.gov)
Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) (http://www.cdpr.ca.gov/)...

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California Association of Pest Control Advisers (CAPCA) (http://www.capca.com/)
California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) (www.dca.ca.gov)
Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) (http://www.cdpr.ca.gov/)

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (http://www.epa.gov/)
Green California (GC) (http://www.gree.ca.gov/)
National Pest Management Association (NPMA) (http://www.pestworld.org/)
Pest Control Operators of California (PCOC) (http://www.pcoc.org/)
Structural Pest Control Board (SPCB) (http://www.pestboard.ca.gov/)

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Santa Clara County Termite Control Information
Popular Termite Control BrandsTypes of Termite Control Services Available in Santa Clara County Cities ServedZip Codes Served
Terminix Termite Controlsubterranean termite controlAlviso
Blossom Valley
Campbell
Coyote
Cupertino
East Palo Alto
Gilroy
Holy City
Los Altos
Los Altos Hills
Los Gatos
Milpitas
Monte Sereno
Monte Vista
Morgan Hill
Mountain View
Mt Hamilton
New Almaden
Palo Alto
Permanente
Redwood Estates
San Jose
San Martin
Santa Clara
Saratoga
Stanford
Sunnyvale
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Prelude Termite Preventionhome termite control (residential termite services)
Clark Termite Controltermiticide application
Termidor Termite Preventiontermite control orange oil application
Pemise Termite Controltermite bait application
Tenure Termiticidenon-toxic termite control
Biflex Termite Controltermite prevention
Sentricon Termite Controldrywood termite control
Cyran Termite Preventiontermite fumigation
Dursban Termite Controlwinged termite eradication
Ortho-Klor Termite Exterminationstructural pest control inspections
Dragnet Termiticidetermite barrier implementation
Orkin Termite Controldampwood termite treatments
Tim-Bor Termite Controltermite tenting
Equity Termite Controltermite extermination
Bora-Care Termite Controlpest termite control