Are The Termites In Phoenix Harmful To Humans?

In the Phoenix area, we have three types of termites: drywood, dampwood, and subterranean. Drywood termites target hardwood, such as window and door frames. They also target furniture items made of wood. Dampwood termites target wood that is moist. If you don't have any moist or rotting wood on your home, or in a structure on your property, you don't have too much to worry about with this type of termite. Subterranean termites are the termites that are of the most concern for homeowners in Phoenix. These termites attack structural timbers and can create cascading damage throughout a structure. If you own a home in Phoenix, termites can be very harmful—to your savings account. Is this the only way they can be harmful to you? Here's what you should know about the dangers of Phoenix termites.

Termite Bites

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If you've opened up a wall in your home to do a renovation and found worker and soldier termites inside, we can see this as being a reason you've come to this article to see how harmful termites are to humans. Soldier termites are rarely seen unless their tunnels are breached. This can happen during a renovation project. When it does, it is often startling. A soldier termite has foreboding, black pincers on its head that resemble the pincers on the end of an earwig. It is easy to think horrible thoughts of these insects getting into your ears and doing some tunneling in your body. We're happy to inform you that soldier termites are not likely to ever get in your ear. They prefer to stay in their tunnels or in wood or soil. They're also not likely to pinch you with those pincers. Their pincers are too small and too weak to harm you. Soldiers do battle with ants and other insects. You are entirely out of their weight class. You have nothing to fear from termite soldiers. Workers, on the other hand, can harm you.

The only termites in a termite colony that eat wood are the workers. All other termites get their sustenances from the workers through a process called trophallaxis. Since they're capable of eating wood, it is entirely possible for them to bite you. The good news is that you're not made of wood or a material with cellulose. Termite workers have no interest in biting you, and they are not known to bite out of self defense.

Termites Can Take A Bite Out Of Your Home

The real danger termites present is the economic threat they pose to you and your family. A home purchase is one of the largest purchases you'll make in your entire life. When you retire, your equity can help you get through your twilight years, or it can be a valuable asset to leave to your children. Termites can eat away at your equity and create hardship during your retirement years. Subterranean termites are a particular threat because they're very sneaky. They can come up from the ground and feed on the inside of the wood in your home without detection.

The best way to deal with the threat of termite damage is to proactively decide how much you're going to pay. Yes, you heard that right. While termite damage can be a shock, proactive termite control isn't. Termite damage is entirely preventable. If you invest in termite protection, you know exactly how much termites will cost you. In fact, you can add it as a line item in your budget. No surprise. No hardships. You're in control—not those termites.

How To Stop Termites

At Green Pest Control, we use liquid termite treatments to prevent termite damage. This has been the gold standard in termite control for decades, and the products we use now last longer, and they are passed from termite to termite. When a termite colony tries to attack your property, you won't just kill off the workers that try to feed on your home, you'll get those workers to eliminate the colony that sent them.

If you'd like to learn more, we'd be happy to set up a free home termite inspection. There is no heavy sales pitch, and there is no obligation to purchase termite control service. We want to help you make an informed decision for the protection of your equity and retirement savings. Keep in mind that this free inspection is not for the close of escrow WDIIR reports. It is for homeowners interested in protecting their investment. Reach out to us today to schedule.