Three Things Everyone In Phoenix Ought To Know About Termites
If you ran out of food and had no money to go shopping, would you ever consider taking a bite out of a piece of wood? Of course, you wouldn't. The human body is not built to process building materials. A termite's body, however, is. These small property-invading pests consume wood like it's candy and damage homes and business buildings while they do so. To help you better understand these invasive and destructive pests, here are three things you should know.
Termites Are Hard To Identify
Three major types of termites live here in Phoenix, dampwood termites, drywood termites, and subterranean termites. Of these three, subterranean termites are by far the most common. These invasive pests construct their nests deep underground and dig tunnels outward to scavenge for wood. The tunnels these pests create keep them safe from the elements and out of view of humans.
Subterranean termites prefer to eat wood that is damaged by rot, water, or decay. If these pests find a concrete foundation or non-wood barrier between the ground and a wooden structure they want to consume, they will build mud tubes to cross the gap safely. Check around your home or business facility's exterior regularly for these mud tubes as they are a good sign that your property has a termite infestation. Beyond this, termites are generally difficult to spot.
More often than not, termite infestations go unnoticed for several months, if not years. The only time property owners are made aware of the presence of these destructive pests is when serious signs of property damage present themselves.
Here are just a few signs your property has had termites for a while:
- Tight-fitting doors and windows
- Overly squeaky floorboards
- Drooping drywall
- Water-damaged paint or wallpaper
- Visible tunnels running through structural wood
We should mention that just one of these signs does not always mean a property has termites. Always get a second opinion from a professional before you assume the worst.
Termites Are Extremely Destructive
Termite colonies expand to maximize their wood gathering capabilities. If a colony becomes too large, it will send out termite swarmers to establish new nests nearby. If your home or business facility has an ample amount of water-damaged, rotting, or softened wood and termites find out, you could be looking at tens of thousands of dollars in property damage in just a few years. On average, Americans spend around five billion dollars each year on prevention and repairs due to termite damage.
Termites Are Preventable
Termites are hard to see and treat for, but they are not invincible. With a little bit of effort and know how, there are ways you can keep these destructive pests off your property. If termites have yet to invade your Phoenix home or business, try these effective prevention tips:
- Eliminate sources of standing water around your property.
- Make sure your gutters are in good working order.
- Use a caulking gun to fill in gaps and cracks around your home or business's exterior.
- Repair or replace structural wood that is water-damaged, rotting, or in decay.
- Remove clutter from your yard.
- Store firewood and untreated lumber at least 30 feet from your home or business's exterior.
To ensure termites get and stay off your Phoenix property, turn to the Green Home Pest Control professionals. Our team handles termites in the only way we know how, effectively, and with a smile on our faces. We enjoy what we do because we get to show what a pest-free life looks like to home and business owners.