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Are Termites In Phoenix A Severe Problem To Deal With?

April 18, 2022

The problem with being a homeowner is that there are so many bad things that could happen to your home. Thankfully, there are also safety nets in place to stop those bad things from happening, or to protect your investment if something goes wrong. This is why homeowners insurance exists. 

The only problem with homeowners insurance is that it does not cover termite damage. If you don’t put termite control strategies in place to keep these pests out of your Phoenix home, you could find yourself with several thousand dollars worth of damage. To help you better understand what problems termites cause in our area and to keep these pests out of your home, here are some things to consider today.

How To Identify Termites In Phoenix

Something that a lot of homeowners think about is: what do termites look like? In truth, your chances of seeing worker termites are slim. Active termites around properties do everything they can to stay underground or inside a piece of wood. The only time you will ever see live termites is if you dig them up, break apart a piece of wood they are chewing through, or see a termite swarmer. 

Keeping this in mind, here are some signs of termites to look out for in and around your Phoenix home to help you identify these pests:

  • Fallen trees, stumps, and other wood or wood-based items on your property that are actively being eaten by termites
  • Mud tubes running up your home’s exterior foundation
  • Discolored spots on your floors, walls, or ceilings due to moisture damage
  • Bubbling wallpaper or paint
  • Sagging, water-damaged drywall
  • Overly squeaky floorboards
  • Tight-fitting doors and windows
  • Flying termites (swarmers) in or around your home
  • Hollow-sounding wood
  • A rustling noise coming from inside your home’s structural wood

What Do Termites Eat In Phoenix?

It is common knowledge that termites eat wood. The question is: do termites eat live wood? Not usually. Of all the kinds of termites in our area, most will only consume wood that is water-damaged, rotting, in decay, or softened in another way. Termites will also consume wood-based items such as cardboard, newspaper, and plants that contain cellulose. Most infestations that start in the Phoenix area start with moisture damage. For this reason, we recommend making sure your home’s exterior stays as dry as possible.

How Hard Is It To Get Rid Of Termites In Phoenix?

Preventing termites is a much easier process than termite removal. The second these pests decide to invade a home, there isn’t much you can do to effectively get them out. One thing that makes termite removal especially difficult is not being able to see these pests. Even if you find a solution that eliminates these pests, there is no way to know that it is eliminating them without having expensive termite identification equipment. To get termites out of your Phoenix home and keep them out, your best option is to trust a Phoenix pest control specialist.

What Is Termite Treatment For Phoenix Homes?

Termites could be on your property right now. They might even be inside your home as you are reading this. To help you determine if active termites are chewing away at your structural wood, let the experts at Complete Pest Management come out and have a look. Our technicians are trained to spot these invasive and destructive house pests and have the advanced tools and termite treatments to effectively eliminate and prevent these intruders.

Call our team now to learn more about our home pest control services, and to schedule an appointment for your Phoenix home, or to ask questions about these problematic area pests. We are here to help!