“There are two types of homes in Arizona…those with termites and those that are gonna get termites!”
Termites…now that’s a word most homeowners don’t like hearing and for good reason. Most species are cryptic and able to go undetected for decades…leaving unsuspecting homeowners with expensive damage repairs along with a diminished home value.
At least 17 species call Arizona home. Some “experts” claim Arizona has at least 25 different types reported statewide. Regardless of the number your home can be invaded from underground, above ground, via flight or importation by Arizona termites. Not all termites are the same, nor will they be a threat to your home. Termites come in all sizes, shapes and colors and have different habits. It takes an experienced exterminator to detect Arizona termites.
Everyday 1000s of unsuspecting homeowners come under attack. If you own a home in Arizona chances are you will have to deal with one or more species.
The most common Arizona species is the Gnathamitermes, or Desert Termite. The Spanish name is Termitos. While capable of invading homes and causing structural damage they are primarily seen outside on wood fences, tree trunks or wood left on the ground, constructing distinctive sheets of mud on or around their food source. Phoenix area homeowners with wood fences will see periodic infestations shortly after heavy rain when outside temperatures are above 80 degrees. Thick mud tubes constructed up from the soil are often seen in crawl spaces. Most of the damage caused is cosmetic.
Service for Desert Termites is consistent with most subterranean species found in Arizona. By treating the soil around and under your home they can be easily eliminated and controlled. Treatment to areas away from your home can be challenging and often require periodic retreatment’s during summer months. Cooler temperatures keep this species underground during winter months.
Arguably the most destructive termite in Arizona is our native species subterranean termite (Heterotermes). Native subterranean termite accounts for most of the structural damage reported in the metro Phoenix area and elevations below 4000 feet. Shelter tubes built by these termites are smaller, round in appearance and lighter in color. Heterotermes can be distinguished by the appearance of shelter tubes hanging from a ceiling. Heterotermes are the smallest of Arizona termites giving them the ability to invade homes through small stress cracks and expansion joints. Often home are invaded by multiple colonies at the same time.
In the northern areas of Arizona (above 4000 feet) Reticulitermes is the dominate termite. Shelter tubes they build appear “flatter,” larger, and darker in appearance.
Termite Control Phoenix
Termite control is achieved by treating the soil around and under a home’s foundation. Creating a continuous barrier is important to gaining full control. Critical areas include servicing below abutting slabs that provide shelter and moisture for the termite colony. Homeowners should ensure a continuous barrier is established around the foundation and under the foundation. Special attention should be paid to abutting slabs. In Arizona these slabs provide nesting termites with shelter from the sun, protection from predators and trap moisture in our clay soil. Treating the entire home is critical as 10-15 different colonies can share an area the size of a home lot and multiple colonies often invade the same home.
Damp wood termite activity has increased in recent years with most infestations being reported in older crawl space homes in areas like Encanto Park or established Mesa neighborhoods. Healthy Damp wood infestations require a consistent moisture source. Treatment includes correcting existing moisture sources and service to areas of infestation (similar to the subterranean termite).
A Western Dry wood colony can takes years to establish. Once established (7+ years) a mature Dry wood colony can cause major structural damage seemingly overnight. The presence of Dry wood fecal pellets is usually the first noticeable clue of infestation. Treatment can vary from removing the infested wood, direct treatment of the infested wood to tent fumigation. Costs can range from near $100 up to several thousand dollars.
Best protection = Termites Inspection
Every home in Arizona should be inspected at least once a year, especially homes recently serviced for termites. It’s important the inspector have experience with all species found in Arizona. An inexperienced termite inspector can miss the subtle signs of less common termites resulting in additional structural damage. Bills Pest Termite Control provides free termite inspections for your home or business. Getting a yearly termite inspection is a homeowners best protection against Arizona termites. Call us today for a free inspection and evaluation. The service is free and it could save you from damage repair costs down the road.
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