Protecting Your Phoenix Home From Termite Damage
Termites are one of the most destructive pests that can infest a building in Phoenix. By the time you see a termite in the building, if you ever see one at all, there's already a colony at work destroying your foundation, structure, and maybe even your furniture. In the Phoenix area, the soil surrounding new homes is treated to protect them from a termite infestation. However, within three to five years, termite pretreatment wears off, leaving your property exposed.
Homes of any age are at risk for termites, even new homes made from modern construction materials. While they are mostly associated with eating wood, termites can also tear through plastic, paper, and drywall. The damage caused by termites will continue to spread until treated. Termites can consume plaster, mortar joints, and even metal siding. Walls, floors, and ceilings damaged by termites may appear to sag as they grow weaker and retain more moisture.
For total termite extermination in Phoenix, AZ, and the surrounding areas trust Green Home Pest Control. We provide termite inspections and extermination services in the Mesa, Scottsdale, and Phoenix areas. We stand out from other companies with a particular focus on termite treatments that are safe for pets.
Our Termite Treatment In Phoenix
Termite extermination for your Phoenix area home or business begins with a complete inspection by a trained termite exterminator. We will identify the species of termite and the location of their colony.
Green Home Pest Control offers two types of termite treatments to the homes and businesses we service, liquid treatments and bait treatments:
We use a liquid product to conduct a trench and treat method around the exterior of the home so that termites cannot access the home itself.
We place this bait evenly around the exterior of the home to create a barrier that the termites will run into, generally placed every 15-20 feet around the home. Green Home Pest Control uses the Trelona® ATBS Advance® Termite Baiting System to protect homes from termites. Trelona® ATBS stations are designed to create a termite-friendly environment that attracts termites in the area to the bait. Termites retrieve the bait and take it back to their home colonies, eliminating all the termites present in the process. These bait stations create a protective barrier around your home to prevent any termite colonies from getting a foothold inside your home.
We also offer pre-treatments on new construction. This helps ensure that new structures being built are not affected by termites during the construction period. As termite infestations in the early stages of construction can have a dramatic effect on the home’s long term fortitude, pre-treatments are an excellent way to ensure that you can start life in your new home off on the right foot.
Typically, we will treat the new construction with liquid and conduct the treat and trench method, but we can use the Trelona bait system if the customer requests it specifically.
Our services are guaranteed. If termites return during the warranty period, we'll return to your home or business to perform an additional treatment at no extra cost. We also offer ongoing treatment services for proactive termite control. To find out how much residential or commercial treatment costs, contact us for a free quote!
Our Termite Control Treatment Process
At Green Home Pest Control, we offer free termite inspections. While performing our thorough termite inspections, we'll identify the type of termite that is active on your property and measure the size of your home or business in preparation for treatment.
Our termite control services include establishing a complete barrier of termite protection around your foundation using liquid termite treatments. The termites on your property will track through the barrier and carry the liquid product back to their colony, where it will spread throughout the entire colony until it's eliminated.
We offer a warranty for both our liquid treatments and termite bait treatments which is a yearly warranty with a follow-up inspection for both treatment options.
What You Need To Know About The Termites In Phoenix, AZ
There are two primary species of termites in Arizona: The subterranean termite and the drywood termite. Drywood termites build their colonies inside wood, avoiding contact with the soil. Subterranean termites are harder to spot because they nest underground. Our professionals can locate and identify both types of termite colonies for rapid extermination.
Other things that are helpful to know about termites include:
- No sleep. Termites never rest. They steadily consume materials and build tunnels as they move through your property.
- Temporary wings. Termites shed their wings after swarming, leaving piles that signal their presence.
- Long life. Termites can live incredibly long lives, up to 20 years in some cases.
- Large colonies. Subterranean termite colonies can grow to over a million insects.
- Significant damage. Termites cause an estimated five billion dollars in property damage every year.
What Factors Attract Termites?
Termites are incredibly prevalent in Phoenix and across Arizona, outnumbering us by millions. They're likely already on your property, and if the conditions are right, they will start chewing away at your home or business.
Conditions promoting termite infestations include:
- Moisture. Wood with a moisture content above 20% is attractive to termites.
- Firewood. Firewood stacked in soil or too close to your home can lead to an infestation.
- Trees. Nearby dead trees and stumps create the perfect conditions for termite colonies.
- Leaks. Leaks in your roof, plumbing, windows, and around your house encourage termites.
- Damage. Damaged gutters, siding, and home foundations create entry points for moisture and termites.
- Wood-to-soil contact. Anywhere your home has wood in contact with soil is a potential hotspot for termite activity.
Signs Of A Termite Infestation
When the time is right, termites swarm from their nests to find mates and begin new colonies. Because they make it a point to stay out of sight, it's easy to miss the arrival of termites at your home, meaning colonies can go undetected for some time, even months or years. By the time you notice the signs of a termite infestation, you're probably facing a significant population. Common signs of a termite infestation include the following:
For as small as they are, termites make a lot of noise. The loudest sound a termite creates is called head-banging, a technique for signaling danger to other colony members. When termites bang their heads, they knock their heads against wood or other surfaces producing what we hear as a soft clicking noise. Termites also generate noise while moving and eating, which creates rustling, buzzing, or rattling noises.
While subterranean termites use their droppings as support for their tunnels, drywood termites push theirs out the entrance. Drywood termites are common and a persistent nuisance in the Phoenix area. Piles of termite droppings, also known as termite frass, are a sure sign you have a colony nearby. Mounds of frass are identifiable by collections of dark powder and small black markings.
Termites are destructive. They'll leave visible signs communicating their presence. If your wood sounds hollow or feels coarse, you may have termites. Termites will also leave visible tunnels and holes in their wake as they chew through your home and furniture. In severe infestations, you'll see entire sections of wood disappear, as the largest colonies can consume up to a pound of wood per day.
The most obvious sign you're facing a termite infestation is to spot a termite with your own eyes. Drywood termite swarmers have red bodies with black wings, while subterranean termites have black bodies and white wings. Subterranean termites can grow up to an inch in length. Drywood termites are smaller, with adults reaching sizes up to three-eighths of an inch. Miss the termite, but spot their wings? Termite swarmers drop their wings shortly after landing, often in noticeable piles.
Frequently Asked Questions About Termites
What type of termites do we have in the Phoenix area?
The species of termites we see the most in Arizona are drywood termites and subterranean termites. Just as the names of each suggest, one type prefers to establish its colonies in very dry wood, and the other tunnels and nests underground. Both types can be active year-round in our warm climate, with the peak season occurring from about August through November.
How do I know if I have termites?
The surest method of determining if you have a termite problem is to have a pest control professional conduct a thorough inspection of your home. However, there are signs you can look for, including wood that has a hollow sound when tapped, visible tunnels in wood, and even soft sounds made when termites are eating and moving. Watch for termite droppings too, which indicate a termite colony is not far away.
The termite extermination experts at Green Home Pest Control will provide a complete inspection to locate infestations. We can identify the species of termite on your property and create a customized plan to get rid of them and keep your home termite-free with ongoing treatments. We guarantee our services and will be happy to return to your home at no additional cost for additional treatments if termites return during the warranty period.
Are there eco-friendly or safe termite control options?
Getting rid of an established termite colony is a challenge that often requires the use of chemicals, but when it comes to controlling these pests, prevention is the best course of action for protecting your family and pets.
Is there a way to prevent termite problems?
There are several things homeowners can do to help prevent a termite infestation. Many of the steps you can take are focused on your yard and your home's exterior, including the following:
- Control water flow around your house. Most types of termites need moisture and gravitate to areas with higher moisture levels. Even a rare Phoenix rainstorm can cause water to accumulate at and under your foundation, so it's important to ensure that the ground around your home slopes away from the structure. If you run water sprinklers with any frequency, avoid allowing the spray to reach your home's walls and foundation and be sure not to overwater.
- Use hardscaping. In dry climates such as ours, using hard landscape materials, such as paving and gravel, is a popular way to have an attractive landscape that doesn't require much water or maintenance. The benefit of this means termites will find less moisture and food sources in your yard.
- Maintain an existing termite barrier. If your home's outside perimeter has been treated with a liquid barrier, be sure to have it reapplied if you disturb it while replacing or changing your landscaping or remodeling your home.
- Keep food sources away from your foundation. A stack of firewood leaning against a wall or a pile of mulch in contact with your foundation gives termites an engraved invitation to set up housekeeping. Keep wood well away from your home, pull mulch back at least a few inches from walls, remove any plant material that's decaying, and prune back tree and shrub branches to keep from giving termites a highway into your home.
- Seal access points. This is good advice for preventing all types of pest problems. Inspect your home a couple of times a year for openings around doors and windows, and points where cable or other utilities come into your home. Take time to seal even the smallest cracks and holes, and you'll be well on your way to keeping pest populations down.
Do I need termite control if my home was pre-treated when it was built?
Newly or recently built homes are likely to have been treated before or during the construction process to satisfy lending requirements. The termiticides applied to new homes creates a barrier that keeps subterranean termites from reaching the structure's wood elements, but does not provide any protection against drywood termites or termite species that have a flying stage in their development cycle.
Pre-construction termite treatments may last from two to five years, but if treated soil is disturbed or blends with untreated soil during landscaping, the barrier can be compromised. For these reasons, it's always smart to have your home regularly inspected to ensure it stays protected from all types of destructive, wood-destroying pests.
Do you offer termite extermination in my Phoenix neighborhood?
We serve the pest control needs of residents and business owners in Chandler, Glendale, Gilbert, Mesa, Surprise, Tempe, Scottsdale, and other parts of the greater Phoenix Metro area. Please contact us online or give us a call for details on all of our service areas.
Do I have to have an inspection before getting an estimate for termite extermination?
One of the many advantages of having Green Home Pest Control take care of your pest control needs is that we customize our services to your needs. No two homeowners' termite problems are the same; you may have subterranean termites while someone else on your street has drywood termites, or your neighbor may have a more serious infestation than you do.
After a complete inspection by one of our trained termite technicians, we will be able to provide you with a detailed estimate and a comprehensive plan for exterminating the termites and preventing a reinfestation. Our estimates are free, and there's no obligation or fine print.
Can I get rid of termites myself?
You may be able to get rid of a few termites if you see them, such as those that swarm during certain times of the year, by spraying. The problem is that for every individual termite you see, there can be several thousand you can't see. A mature termite queen can lay thousands of eggs every year, and some termite colonies can have up to a million termites. DIY termite control rarely gets rid of a termite infestation for good. Over-the-counter pesticides and poisons may be taken back to the nest and kill some colony members, but they won't take care of termites in every life cycle stage, such as eggs and larvae.
Other DIY options, such as orange oil and cardboard traps, have the same problems; they don't completely eradicate a colony. Since termites can cause damage that's hard to spot until it's become extensive, it's important to call a professional at the first sign of trouble. It's the best way to protect your investment in your home.
What termite extermination services do you provide in Phoenix?
Green Home Pest Control's termite experts provide the following services and more:
- A complete inspection of your property, inside and out
- Location of colonies and nesting sites
- Location of entry points into your home
- Identification of the specific type of termites you have
- Development of a customized treatment plan
- Application of liquid termite treatments to establish a barrier around your home's foundation
For more information on our termite treatments, including proactive termite control with our ongoing treatment services, call us or schedule your free, no-obligation quote today.