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Black Knight Termite and Pest Control owners have been residing in and serving the Temecula and Murrieta area for over 20 years.  Their goal is to provide customers with the best quality service through their expertise and professionalism.  They are committed to providing on-time service, competitive rates and thorough inspection

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Subterranean Termites

Megan Pinneo

Subterranean Termite Time

Mud Tubes

Example of working Subterranean mud tubes

Example of working Subterranean mud tubes

Have you seen some mud like tubes in or around your home, and wondering what they are? They could be Subterranean Termite mud tubes or shelter tubes, and having a Termite Professional identify them is extremely important before they cause costly damage to your home. Subterranean termites maintain their living space underground and build mud like tubes that connect from the nest up to the food source which is wood. The mud tubes that you see are made up of a mixture of soil, feces and saliva. The tubes follow irregular patters that can seem to be working up, dropping down from the food source or seem to be exploring the wood going off into different directions. You can break open the tubes to check if there are any active termites. Subterranean termites can rebuild damaged tubes which is an indication of continued activity. It is important that you have them identified by a Professional Termite Inspector and have them assess any damage that may have already been caused by the swarm of subterranean termites.

Black Knight Termite Control Service

Black Knight offers many options in termite and pest control services, start off with a free quote today. Black Knight Termite offers a free termite inspection for concerned home owners. At the time of your one on one inspection you are able to have any questions or concerned answered by a professional. They can assess the damages and offer you an estimate on what it would be to treat or repair the damage to your home. They can let you know if a heat treatment or fumigation would be the best option for you. What ever your need in eradicating the termite infestation Black Knight Termite can help. At Black Knight we do all the work ourselves.

Termite Inspection

Megan Pinneo

Wood Destroying Pests and Organisms Inspection Report

Need a Termite Inspection scheduled for your property?

Whether your are selling your home or just a concerned home owner Black Knight Termite and Pest Control can help. All you need to do is pick up the phone and call Black Knight Termite and Pest Control to set up your appointment. A Termite Inspection usually averages to take about an hour unless it is a bigger size of home then it will take a little longer. You have the option of getting a Complete Report or a Limited. A Complete Report would be an inspection of the entire home while a Limited Report would be limited to an area instructed by the home owner or agent for the Professional Inspector to inspect. Black Knight will email, fax or mail your copy of the inspection to you with a typical turn around time of 2-3 days depending on the day the inspection was preformed and the amount of findings that are listed.

Many home owners are required to have a Termite Inspection done on their property if they are in the process of selling their home. In this situation this is usually required to not only have a Complete Inspection done but to also provide the Clearance for the property. Stating that the property is now Free of evidence of active infestation or infection in the visible and accessible areas.

What if you have Termites or Dryrot?

Black Knight Termite can help with that too. At Black Knight we have a fully licensed crew of reliable workers that take pride in their work. Once your Termite Inspection is complete and you would like to go forward with the work that is needed give Black Knight Termite a call to schedule and we will work with the time frame you are requesting.

How much does it cost to have an inspection done on my home?

If you are requesting that a complete report be done for your home that is for sale the report is $75.00 if you pay the day of the inspection or you also have the option of billing to escrow which would cost $85.00. If you are a concerned home owner and your home is NOT for sale then your inspection is FREE. A limited report is also FREE of cost. In some cases you may have already had an inspection done on your home by another company but would like a second opinion, if that is the case we will do our own inspection for FREE, we just ask that you provide a copy of the report done by the other firm. If there is work that needs to be done on your property and you hire Black Knight Termite to do the work for you then we will wave the inspection fee.

Are you in the process of a Refinance / VA Refinance?

Black Knight Termite will do an inspection for your property as well as any added guest rooms or sheds that may be required. Just let us know when you are scheduling your appointment.

How do I make an appointment?

There are a few different ways that you can go about scheduling an appointment. You can fill out the form on our website, comment to us on Facebook or yelp, or call us directly at 951.694.8100. No matter what way your choose to schedule we just ask that you provide as much information as possible such as; the property address, any gate access, who will be meeting the inspector at the property, the best point of contact with a phone number and an email address of where we can send the report to once it is complete. If you are a the owner of the home and need it sent to your agent please provide any information on them as well as any escrow information that you may have.

What cities do you service?

At Black Knight Termite and Pests Control we service most of Riverside Country. We service Temecula, Murrieta, Lake Elsinore, Wildomar, Hemet, Menifee, San Jacinto, Falbrook, Poway, Escondido, Canyon Lake, Anza, Vista, San Marcos, Oceanside and the list goes on.

More Questions?

No problem. Call Black Knight Termite and we can answer any of them for you.






Megan Pinneo

Dryrot can destroy your home.

Dryrot is wood decay caused by certain species of fungi that digest parts of wood, in doing so the fungi eats away at the strength of the wood, which can compromising your home. The wood that is now weak and been eaten away by the fungi will typically look dry and can resemble termite damage though it is not.


Wood to earth contact such as failed foundation is a common cause of Dryrot, however Moisture is the main cause. Eliminating the Moisture and finding the main source of what is causing the moisture such as leaking pluming and correcting the issue would be your first plan of action in helping control the issue of Dryrot and Fungus growth. If the moisture cannot be controlled or the Dryrot has taken over, the wood will need to treated and or most likely removed completely.

What you can do.

  1. Locate the damage and source of moisture.
  2. Replace damaged wood that has become weak.
  3. Treat new and existing wood to prevent growth of Dryrot and Fungus that may still be in the wood. (This would most likely be a job left to a Professional.)
Not the type of mushroom you would want to cook with.

Not the type of mushroom you would want to cook with.

Fungi that will destroy wood.

Fungi that will destroy wood.

Something many people may not be aware of is that Dryrot/Fungus if found during a Termite Inspection on a home would be "called out" as a Section One item according to the Structural Pest Control Board and would need to be treated and corrected before a Section One Clearance could be issued for the property.

Its hard to know what to do when you come across Dryrot or see Fungi growing around your home, save yourself the headache and worries. Call Black Knight Termite and Pest Control   we can inspect what is going on in and around your home. A Black Knight Professional can answer any questions and or concerns that you may have and even treat the damaged wood. In some cases if there is work that needs to be done such as wood replacements or rebuilds, Black Knight can take care of  that too.

Black Knight Fumigation

Megan Pinneo

Fumigation Treatment

Black Knight Fumigation

 We all have seen the tent covered house once or twice, and no it doesn't mean the Circus is in town.

There are several different ways to get rid of a termite problem and a fumigation is one commonly used by many home and business owners. A fumigation seems to bring up many questions and concerns, and hopefully I can answer some of those for you.

What is a fumigation?

A Fumigation is a method that uses a lethal gas to exterminate pests in an enclosed area.

What things do I need to do to prepare myself, family, and home before the fumigation?

People, pets and plants need to be removed from the home. Food and medications that are not sealed in highly resistant containers must be removed or sealed in protective bags and placed in the refrigerator. (Black Knight will provide the home owner with the needed bags up to a specific amount at no cost.)

How long will it take?

Depending on the type of infestation, size of the structure, dosage, and other factors, the fumigation can take anywhere from 6 hours to one week. Usually when using Black Knight Pest for the fumigation the tent will come down 3 days after the fumigation has taken place after 5 pm.

Does a fumigation smell?

No, structural fumigants are odorless.

Can anyone enter the structure while it is being fumigated?

Absolutely not. No one can enter the structure, doing so could result in serious injury or death.

Will a fumigation eliminate all the termites and pests?

The fumigation will not eliminate subterranean termites as they require separate treatment since their nests are underground.

The process of putting up the tent for the fumigation could take several hours depending on the size of the structure.

The process of putting up the tent for the fumigation could take several hours depending on the size of the structure.


There are many other questions that surround a fumigation that should be answered by a Professional. If you are concerned that you may be in need of a fumigation schedule a termite inspection with Black Knight and have a one on one with one of our Professional Termite Inspectors. They can answer any questions and or concerns that you may have and also give you a complete bid on the cost of a fumigation for your property.

Call Black Knight we are always happy to help.


It is recommended that you purchase a separate tile insurance for the roof. The professionals are extremely careful but a loss in a few pieces of tile may occur in the tenting process.  

It is recommended that you purchase a separate tile insurance for the roof. The professionals are extremely careful but a loss in a few pieces of tile may occur in the tenting process.  

Termites: Why You Should Know How to Look for an Infestation

Megan Pinneo

There are few investments more necessary to the home than termite control. Temecula homeowners typically don’t think about this investment much, aside from a compulsory check for termites upon purchasing the home. Considering the damage that these wood-eating critters can cause to a home, though, it’s important to be aware of the telltale signs of a termite infestation before the problem escalates to a dangerous level. The following article will explain why it’s important to be able to spot an infestation, and a few tips to help you look for the signs.

Call Black Knight Termite & Pest Control at 951-694-8100 for all your home and business needs!

Call Black Knight Termite & Pest Control at 951-694-8100 for all your home and business needs!

Why Termite Infestations are Best Spotted Early

From flea control to rodent control, Temecula homeowners are always better off discovering a pest problem early on. Termite infestations, however, should be particularly concerning. It is no exaggeration to say that termites are responsible for billions of dollars’ worth of destruction and damage to American property each year. Residential homes are particularly susceptible because of the propensity of woodwork in the structures. Termites don’t only eat wood, though, they also eat books, insulation, paper, shrubs, trees, and filtration systems and liners for swimming pools. 

When and How to Look for Termites in Your Home

When: Termite inspections are typically conducted when buying or selling a home, often as a condition of a mortgage or other agreement. This is, of course, a prudent course of action considering the size and weight of such a transaction. But homeowners shouldn’t only look for signs of termite infestations and seek professional help when buying or selling their home. It’s always a good idea to be aware of the telltale signs and be ready to call in the professionals who specialize in pest control. Temecula homeowners should be particularly vigilant in the spring months, between March and May, as this is when termites often appear in homes and start colonies to take advantage of the warmer weather. 

How: There are several telltale signs to keep your eye out for. If there is a material that looks like mud around the home, or wood that is left to only a thin layer on the surface with more “mud” around any breaking points, you have spotted a sign of the “mud tubes” that termites make from feces, saliva and soil. Subterranean termites also build tubes underground to get into homes from the bottom up, although exploratory and migratory tubes might not connect to the structure of a home and drop tubes might only return from the home to the soil. In addition to mud tubes and weakened or damaged wood, you might also spot seemingly innocuous things like tiny holes in the wood and buckling paint. Also remember that not all termites are burrowers; there are also swarming termites that are often referred to as “flying ants.” These swarmers often hover near light sources on warm days.

If you have any suspicions that termites might be in or around your home, just remember to call us right away. This is the best way to protect your home, your investment, and all the loved ones relying on a safe foundation and structure surrounding them is to ask for help from the professionals.