Do I Have Termites?

Learn how to identify termites and what warning signs you need to look out for. It is vital to catch termites early before they can do serious damage to your home. If you think you may have termites, call us today for your free termite inspection.

How do I know I have termites?

Subterranean termite species live in the ground and travel up into the wood using migratory shelter tubes (mud tubes). They are made up of soil and their droppings Moisture, cellulose debris and wood to earth contact can attract subterranean termites. Look for mud tubes on exterior or basement walls and tubes dropping down from interior ceilings. You may also see them swarming after a rain. They have four long wings and black bodies about the size of ants.

 Drywood termite species live inside wood and get all the nutrients and moisture they need from the wood. The most common sign of active drywood termites is the six sided fecal pellets (droppings) they produce. The termites bore holes through the wood or sheetrock and “kick out” the pellets. This is why these are called kick out holes. Tight mounds or scattered pellets indicate the presence of drywood termites. Even if you clean up the pellets they will usually reappear the next day. Once a colony is mature enough they produce swarmers. Swarmers are termites that morph into flying termites to exit the colony and create a new colony. They are about the size of a grain of rice with black bodies, red heads and four long wings. These swarmers occur in the hot summer months and are usually found near lighted areas like windows.

 What does an inspection entail?

Bay Area Termite provides FREE termite inspections. We do very thorough inspections and identify all wood destroying organisms. We inspect areas such as; attic space, crawl space, exterior of home, interior of home, and garage. Once we identify all the wood destroying organisms we send a report to the home owner explaining the findings and recommendation for treatment.

Commonly Asked Termite Inspection Questions

Learn about the steps Bay Area Termite, one of the best termite inspection companies in San Jose, takes to ensure that your house is free of termites. We strive to keep our customers informed and knowledgeable about the termite inspection and removal process. For more information, contact us at 404-337-1694 or visit our FAQ page.


Q: Once Bay Area Termite locates the Drywood termites, how do the various chemicals like XT-2000 Orange Oil, Termidor and Premise foam kill the termites?
A: We drill small 1/8” holes in the infested wood to access the galleries the termites live in. With the drill and treat method, a technician will inject under pressure the chemicals into the galleries. The chemicals flow through and kill the termites on contact. In addition, some of the chemicals have a longer term, residual lasting effect inside the wood.

Q: How does Bay Area Termite’s Drywood termite treatment work compared to fumigation?
A: We use a variety of chemicals and a precise, comprehensive drill and treat method. XT-2000 Orange Oil, Termidor and Premise foam moves through wood like a gas, along the path of least resistance, filling up the treated piece of wood until the Drywood termites have no place to hide. Unlike fumigation, our treatments are specifically targeted to the area of infestation, so you do not need to move out, bag food, or deal with any of the other hassles associated with fumigation.

Q: Once Bay Area Termite has completed a termite treatment can termites return to my house after treatment?
A: Yes. Termites can re-infest structures after treatment – even with fumigation. Contrary to popular belief, fumigation is a one-time kill that does not prevent future infestation. If you use fumigation, future infestations mean more chemicals, tenting, and moving out of your home.

Termites are over 100 million years old and they are not going away soon. No matter what treatment you choose, even ours, termites may find their way back. The best way to deal with termites is to think of treatment as ongoing maintenance. That is why Bay Area Termite gives a two year whole house guarantee and annual inspections after initial treatment.

How to Get Rid of Termites Naturally

Macro of termites on the forest floor, Borneo, MalaysiaWhile we feel that it is best to let the professionals handle your termite removal, here are some ways to get rid of termites on your own. If you don’t have success with these methods, don’t hesitate to contact Bay Area Termite, San Jose’s #1 termite removal company, for your free termite inspection today!

There are two routes you can go when attempting to get rid of a termite infestation, either naturally or using chemicals. Here are some of the natural ways:

The first step you need to take is to go to your local garden store and buy some beneficial nematodes. Nematodes are unsegmented worms that are commonly used to kill garden pests and termites. Make sure use them immediately after purchase. Also, make sure to release them in your garden at night, as UV light harms the nematodes.

Another option is to set up a cardboard trap. Cardboard contains cellulose, which is what termites feed on. Take a few moist strips of cardboard and stack them on top of each other in areas where termites are present. Once the cardboard is infected with termites, take it outside and burn it. Repeat this as many times as needed.

A 3rd option is to expose the termite-infested wood to the sun. This will obviously only work if the termite infestation is not on your home, but on a piece of furniture or something that can be moved outside. The heat and light from the sun will naturally kill the termites.


Once again as we stated above, we recommend letting the professionals at Bay Area Termite handle the termite infestation and removal process.

Why Orange Oil?

XT- 2000® is a naturally occurring essential oil containing the active ingredient d-limonene. This citrus oil is derived from the rind of the orange and is used in a variety of products from pet shampoos to household cleaners.
XT-2000® is 92% pure d-limonene!
When injected directly into termite galleries, XT-2000® kills termites and their eggs on contact. Should a termite be lucky enough to avoid physical contact with XT-2000®, it can also die if it eats any wood that has been recently treated with the product. The reason XT-2000® and d-limonene are so devastating to termites is because of its exceptionally high citric acid content. This highly acidic pH level is of minimal consequence to humans, but to termites it is fatal. XT-2000® will melt the exoskeletons and eggs of termites that come in contact with it, and should these pests be unfortunate enough to devour any wood that was recently treated, their stomachs will suffer a similar fate. Although XT-2000® will biodegrade in about four days, during that residual period, termites that eat treated wood through which d-Limonene travels will also be eradicated.
Another amazing property of XT-2000® is its ability to actually wick through wood, traveling through the porous cells in all direction and even defying gravity! Orange Oil will not only treat the areas into which it is injected, but will soak into the surrounding areas as well.

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Bay Area Termite, your clean solution to termite problems

Mark Weeks, owner of Bay Area TermiteHi, My name is Mark and I am the owner of Bay Area Termite, your clean solution to termite problems. Bay Area Termite uses Orange Oil to wipe out drywood termites in your home or business. With Orange Oil you won’t have to deal with the inconveniences associated with old traditional methods, and best of all, your property won’t look like the circus is in town! We offer FREE termites inspection, quick response to your calls, and a full 2 year warranty after treatment. Contact us with any questions you may have.

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Termite Facts

Pacific termitesTermite is the common name for numerous species of social insects that cause damage to wooden structures. Termites display patterns of social behavior that are almost as elaborate as those of ants, bees, and wasps. They have survived lengths of time and have evolved thru millions of years much like the cockroach.
Termite colonies, which may number from 100 to more than 1 million termites, have several different castes with different functions. Three principal castes exist: the reproductive, the workers, and the soldiers. The reproductive, or the king and queen, produce eggs.

There are a variety of termites in the United States but they all have one thing in common: left alone, they’ll eat you out of house and home. The three kinds of termites Bay Area Termite treat are the drywoods, subterraneans and dampwoods. It is easy to identify a termite by looking at three things. First, termites have straight antennae not elbowed or bent like an ant. Second, the ant has a pinched waist; the termites waist is not pinched-in. Third, termites have four wings that are of equal length.

5 Signs That You May Have Termites in Your Home

Termite infestation is a fear of almost every homeowner in that they can cause serious, destructive and costly damage. There aren’t too many ways to actually prevent termites from entering your home but there are ways to prevent infestation and to identify early stages of infestation. Identifying early infestation will prevent serious damage and save you a lot of time and aggravation.

Here are some tips to help you identify some of the most common signs of termites

1. Wings– If you see wings around the outside of your home or in the inside of your home than it could be that termites have invaded the area in or around your home. Termites shedding their wings when they are swarming in the area, so if you do find a consistent amount of wings for a few days then you should definitely get an inspection from a professional exterminator.

2. Sawdust– Small piles of sawdust is another strong indicator of a termite problem. This could indicate that termites have been chomping away at some wood in your home.

3. Termite tubes are tube like tunnels that termites build so that they can go from their colonies underground to your home. These can be identifiable for some but are easiest identified by a trained exterminator.

4. Mud-looking material-Mud looking material on wooden surfaces is often a sign of termite infestation. When termites eat away at the wooden interior of your home, they will attempt to cover up or patch up the holes which they have made with dirt. They use dirt as well as their own feces to create a substance to patch these holes, and it looks like mud.

5. Observing termites– If you find termites, chances are they will look yellow or white. While there are over 40 species of termites in the U.S., most termites share the basic characteristic of being yellow or white.

Killing off a termite infestation is harder than finding it on your own. Make sure you take the time to find a reliable exterminator to help you get rid of the problem.

Article by Marcy Tate. Marcy Tate is a content writer for and has been working in the home improvement industry for over 10 years.