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Written by Tim Denner
on December 29, 2021

Californians love this state for a number of reasons. The weather, scenery, access to nature, and opportunities in business are all top reasons why residents love California. Unfortunately, some of the things that make California appealing to you also make it appealing to termites and other pests. The conditions that termites love are easy to find in California. The temperature, moisture-rich soil, and access to wood are all pretty ideal for termites in this area. Does that mean termites are unavoidable if you live in California? No, they are not unavoidable but you do have to be proactive in your efforts to protect your home from termites.


Termites can be impacted by temperature. Extremely cold conditions can minimize termite activity or keep them from invading an area altogether. In the United States, the only state that is safe from the threat of termites is Alaska. The extremely cold temperatures in Alaska during much of the year make it a place that simply is not appealing to termites. The weather in California does not get anywhere close to the extremes needed to keep termites away. The temperate weather in California is ideal for termites. There is nothing you can do to change the fact that termites like the temperatures in California. Because of this, you need to take steps to ensure that your home remains protected from these pests.

Moisture-rich soil

Subterranean termites need to stay in close contact with moisture-rich soil in order to survive. The precipitation levels in Santa Clara County can vary – there are times of drought in the area that can reduce the natural levels of moisture in the soil. However, human activity can impact the moisture in the soil and make your California home attractive to termites. For example, a leaking air conditioning unit can deposit excess moisture into the soil and make your home attractive to termites. Other types of leaks or water drainage issues can increase your chances of developing a termite infestation. Staying on top of your home maintenance duties will help you prevent excess moisture from building up in the soil.    

Access to wood

The vast majority of houses are built using wood as a foundational element. In Santa Clara County and surrounding areas there is no shortage of houses and other buildings that use wood in the construction. Termites are drawn to places that have wood available because it is a primary element of their diet. There is not anything you can do about the fact that there was wood used in the construction of your house. However, this does not mean that a termite infestation is unavoidable. What it does mean is that you need to take steps to make sure your home is protected from a possible termite infestation.

There are ways that you can protect your home from termites – even if you live in a place like California where termites thrive. You cannot change the weather or the construction of your home. Focus on the things you can do to prevent termites – keep up with home maintenance and invest in professional termite prevention services. These two steps can help you avoid a termite infestation and the damage termites can cause.

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