What You Need to Know About Arizona Termites
The two most common termites in Arizona are subterranean and dry-wood termites. While both can damage your home, understanding their differences can help you defend your property. Subterranean termites live and nest in the ground and construct mud tubes to tunnel through the soil and enter your home, while dry-wood termites reside inside the wood they are eating. Subterranean termites are more common in Phoenix, but regardless of which termite species you suspect has infiltrated your home, they can cause devastating destruction if left untreated.
Are Termites Common in Arizona?
Termites in Arizona are much more common than people think. In fact, termites are so prevalent in Arizona that new homes must have a termite pre-treatment either during construction or immediately thereafter. These treatments typically last for about 3 years before you might need another booster treatment. At a minimum, have a licensed termite control company inspect your property periodically. We recommend scheduling an inspection once a year, and we even provide our general pest control customers with a free annual termite inspection yearly. The old saying is true when it comes to termites in Arizona: “It’s not a matter of IF you’ll get them, but WHEN.”
Why Are Termites in Arizona a Problem?
Termites may be small in size, but they can cause big damage to homes in Arizona. Termites cost U.S. property owners over $5 billion dollars each year and damage parts of more than 600,000 residential homes annually. Arizona homeowners dread termites because they know how much damage these pests can cause when left unchecked.
How Are Termites Treated in Arizona?
We offer both curative treatments for active termite infestations as well as preventative treatments to stop these pests before they become a problem. To begin, one of our specially licensed field experts will perform a thorough inspection of your home or business. Based on the results of the inspection and needs of your property, we’ll create a termite treatment plan, typically utilizing either liquid treatments or bait stations.
What To Do About Termites in Arizona
It’s important to begin treating an active termite infestation as soon as possible. Termites are always on the move, constantly looking for food sources, so acting quickly can help avoid more of your property from becoming a feast for these pests. Our field experts are specially licensed by the state of Arizona to inspect and treat for termites. We offer both curative and preventative termites treatment plans and can help whether you’ve got an active infestation on your hands or want to stop one before it starts. Contact us today to learn more.
5 Signs of an Arizona Termite Infestation
The earlier you can catch termites, the better. Especially if it’s been a long time since you’ve had your home inspected for termites. Below are 5 common signs of termites in Arizona:
Subterranean termites, the most common termite in Arizona, build mud tubes to retain moisture while they go between their colony and food source. Mud tubes are often found near the home’s foundation.
Termites typically eat wood from the inside out, so wood that sounds hollow when tapped can mean a termite infestation. Homeowners should also look for blistering pieces of wood.
Uneven or bubbling paint is often a sign of moisture buildup, which could mean one of two things: water damage or termites.
Barrel-shaped Debris (Frass)
Termites produce wood-colored droppings as they eat through wood. These droppings are called frass. If you find a pile of pellets inside or outside your home, it could be a sign of a dry-wood termite infestation.
Termite Swarmers (Discarded Wings)
Termite swarmers, along with their discarded wings, are often the first sign of a termite problem. The swarmers are usually found near windowsills and doors and are one of the more highly visible signs of termite activity.