What are termites?
Termites are insects that have their nutritional needs met by feeding on cellulose found in trees, wood, and other organic matter. These wood-eating pests act as natural garbage disposals out in nature, helping to eliminate decaying wood and other vegetation. Unfortunately, these pests often find their way into our Phoenix homes, where their feeding habits cause them to be destructive and dangerous.
The subterranean termite is a type of termite that frequently finds its way into our Phoenix yards and homes. Subterranean termites have high moisture needs, nest underground, and prefer to feed on wet or decaying pieces of wood.
A single termite colony can have millions of members. Subterranean termites can manage their large numbers because of their ability to communicate and work cooperatively. These insects divide their colonies into different castes or groups (workers, soldiers, and reproductives). Each group has a different job to ensure the success of the colony.
Are termites dangerous?
Termites are dangerous because of how destructive they are to the structures of homes and other buildings. If a termite infestation is left untreated, its presence will cause significant damage to our homes. They invade structural wood and every day cause more and more damage. Most people understand that termites cause damage but don't understand just how much damage. Across the country, each year, termites are responsible for generating billions of dollars in damage repair costs!
While termites do not cause direct harm to people, they will damage what is likely your most significant investment; your home. Additionally, most homeowners' insurance does not cover the cost of termite repairs, leaving the repair bills to the homeowners.
Why do I have a termite problem?
Subterranean termites are common in urban areas, making them a threat to all our Phoenix homes. A termite's sole job is to find enough food to feed themselves and to bring back to the rest of the colony. Wood and wooden structures in our yards will attract them, and eventually, they could wind up in your house. Inside homes, they can attack and feed on your structural wood and other structural elements (drywood, insulation).
The major problem with termites is that, unlike many other pests, they hide their presence so well. They live, work, and eat out of our sight and can go unnoticed for months or even years. Homeowners only notice these silent invaders once the evidence of termite damage in or around their house is visible. In Phoenix, being proactive against termites and partnering with a termite expert near you is the best defense against these pests.
Where will I find termites?
Subterranean termites prefer to attack pieces of wood, making direct contact with the ground. Things like wood trim and shingles, steps, door frames, and support beams provide termites with an entryway to our homes.
If there is no wood-to-soil contact on your house, they can enter through cracks and other openings they come across in the foundation, or they will build mud tubes. Mud tubes allow termites to travel above the ground and up surfaces like foundations or basement walls to reach any wooden structures.
While any Phoenix area home can come under attack from termites, in most cases, you will find subterranean termites attacking wood in homes with moisture issues. Houses with leaky roofs, damaged pipes, poor ventilation, and unpainted or untreated wood are most likely to attract the attention of subterranean termites.
How do I get rid of termites?
Termites are wood-eating pests that find their way into our Phoenix homes. The very best way to get rid of termites and stop them cold is to partner with a local home pest control expert.
Here at Eco Valley Pest Control, we are committed to addressing destructive issues that termites cause after entering Phoenix homes. We know how important it is to guard your Phoenix home against termites, which is why we offer three different service plans. Our termite control plan options help to meet the unique needs of every customer, property, and budget.
Please call today to learn more about our liquid or bait termite treatment options.
How can I prevent termites in the future?
Implement the following termite prevention tips to help you prevent damage to your Phoenix home:
- Clean up wood scraps and wood construction debris from your yard.
- Remove fallen trees, tree stumps, and decaying wooden structures from your yard.
- Create a crushed stone barrier between soil and mulch and your foundation.
- Eliminate as much wood-to-soil contact on your property and home as possible.
- Get rid of excess moisture from leaky hoses, pipes, or fixtures that will attract the attention of termites.
- Seal any cracks or crevices you find in your foundation.
For the most effective pest control in Phoenix, please call today.