“Every home in Arizona should be inspected for termites at least once a year!”
The most destructive termite species in the United States is the Western Drywood termite and they can be found infesting trees and homes throughout the Metro Phoenix area. Drywood termites thrive in warm weather cities like Phoenix.
Unlike the more common subterranean termites that live and feed in soil, drywood termites establish comparatively small, but destructive colonies within wood members. This wood provides their colonies with all the moisture they need. It is common to find multiple drywood termite colonies within the same wooden structure. Most homes in the Phoenix area are constructed with Douglas fir wood. This wood provides more than enough nutrients and moisture for all species of Drywood termites.
Signs of Drywood termites in Phoenix
The surest signs of drywood termites in your home are the presence of winged swarmers and/or fecal pellets accumulating along baseboards. These are normally found below small holes created by the termites to rid their galleries of the fecal material. However Drywood termites can be present without any signs. Termite colonies can go years without being detected. Therefore, the only way to truly determine their presence is to have a professional termite inspection at least once each year. Bills Pest Termite Control provides those inspections FREE.
Unlike their distant cousin’s subterranean termites, drywood need no contact with soil. They start the swarm season by flying from mature colonies to create new homes in unprotected wood or neighborhood trees. During the summer months homeowners are advised to watch for “flying ants” that are attracted to light and shed their wings.
Drywood Termite Treatment Options
Treatment methods can vary depending upon location, age and severity of the infestation. New and small infestations can be addressed by simply replacing infested wood. Infested wood that is accessible is best treated with a liquid application while inaccessible and severe infestations may require fumigation with gas.
If you have or suspect drywood termites it is best to have an experienced exterminator inspect your property. Not all termite inspectors have the license and/or experience to deal with drywood termites. Often less experienced inspectors will miss the signs of drywood termites or mis-identify the species.
Drywood Termite Inspections
Every home in the Metro Phoenix area should be inspected for termites at least once a year. Especially homes recently treated or with a termite history to ensure against re-infestation and continued damage. FREE Termite Inspections can be order @ 602.308.4510 or online here.
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