How To Tell If You Have Termites On Your Gilbert Property
Termites are a difficult pest to detect. They aren’t called “silent destroyers” for no reason. Termites are most likely to start their dangerous journey through your home in areas you don’t often look or cannot see. This makes termite detection challenging.
Unfortunately, early detection and treatment are critical to ensuring a termite infestation doesn’t spread and do major damage. Alert homeowners should be on the lookout for the following signs of a termite infestation:
- Windows and doors that are hard to open or close or feel “stuck”
- Paint that appears bubbled
- Peeling or discolored wallpaper
- Wood that sounds hollow when tapped
- Mud tubes on the exterior of your home
- The presence of termite swarmers or discarded wings, usually near windowsills or doorways
- Termite droppings, which look like sawdust piles and are usually found near small holes in walls
If you see any of these signs of termites around your home, you need to immediately call us for termite control. The sooner we start, the quicker we can stop the infestation from spreading. This means less damage to your home and less money from your wallet.
Gilbert Exterminators Offer Termite Detection Tips
Even knowing the signs of termites, these pests can be almost impossible to detect without knowing where to look. Our professional termite control specialists want you to be as informed as possible on the areas where you will most likely find termites around your home. These areas differ based on the species of termite you have.
For drywood termites, focus on the following:
- Dry pieces of lumber
- Wooden doors and window frames
- Antique wooded furniture
- Any other areas of exposed wood around your home including porches and decks
For subterranean termites, pay attention to these specific areas for signs of an infestation:
- Wood that is around doors or windows that leak
- Wood behind walls that may be hiding a leaking pipe or HVAC unit
- Any voids in walls near sinks or tubs
- Poorly ventilated, damp areas like crawlspaces
- Old, rotting trees, stumps, or fenceposts around your yard
These are some of the areas that our exterminators check when they are conducting a termite inspection.
It can be hard to find termites, even knowing where to look and what to look for. That is why it is always best to trust Green Home Pest Control professionals. We will conduct a free termite inspection and recommend a termite control plan for your Gilbert, AZ property.
Are Termites A Year-Round Problem in Gilbert?
Many homeowners in Gilbert know that termites are an issue, but they wonder if they need to keep their homes protected from these dangerous and destructive pests year-round. The simple answer to that question is yes!
Termites are a year-round problem in Gilbert and throughout Arizona. Some areas of the country with more intense and more prolonged winters may get a break from termites, but our arid climate and moderate winter temperatures mean that we deal with them all year.
While termites don’t like the cold, they have developed ways to stay alive during the winter. Drywood termites live in the pieces of wood they are already chewing on, which can provide enough shelter from the elements to keep them alive until it warms up. Subterranean termites build their nests underground, which keeps them warm and protected from our moderate winter temps.
Unfortunately for us, our wonderful climate means that termites are a problem in Gilbert all year long. If you don’t have a termite prevention plan, call us today. No matter what time of year, we can keep your Gilbert home protected.
How Gilbert Residents Can Prepare For The 2022 Termite Season
Termites are a year-round issue in Gilbert, but they become more active in the warmer months. Termites typically swarm in the warmer months of the spring and summer. This means that the early spring months are the best time to take preventative action against these pests.
Here are a few termite prevention tips for Gilbert homeowners:
- Remove rotten wood, dead trees, and old wooden fences
- Consider replacing mulch with crushed rock or other non-organic material
- Keep vegetation cut back from the side of your home
- Ensure your drainage works properly, with gutters and downspouts directing water away from your home
- Seal cracks and crevices around your home’s exterior
- Inspect any wood you find or buy before bringing it onto your property
These tips can help prevent a termite infestation on your property, but they are no substitute for professional pest control.
Call us today if termite season is approaching and you need to get your home protected. Our trained exterminators can develop a termite prevention plan to keep your home termite-free all year long. Contact us to learn more about our home pest control and commercial pest control services, and to get started with a free estimate as soon as possible.