Every year termites cause millions of dollars of damage to Phoenix homes. This is primarily in part to the great climate we have here in Arizona. Not only is it warm but we have plenty of dry vegetation and older home construction that they can munch on. With all this yummy food readily available for these little critters it is essential that homeowners know what to look for to detect their presence before they become a nuisance.
There are many different types of wood-boring insects so it is essential that you know how to distinguish termites from other household pests such as the carpenter ant. The first step is to identify whether you are dealing with Termites in Phoenix. Termites are very small, but upon close examination, one can see that they have straight antennae as opposed to the elbowed antennae of the carpenter ant for which they are often mistaken. Another characteristic unique to termites in Phoenix is that they are often a pale yellow color and have soft bodies. They also have no discernable waist along the segmented portion of their bodies unlike the carpenter ant. If the termite colony is already large enough you may even see the winged version of these Phoenix termites. Winged- termites have 2 sets of wings of the same size whereas a carpenter ant has front wings that are much larger than the rear set. Knowing these characteristics will help you identify whether you have been hit by the infamous termite or their lesser known competitors.
Sometimes it is hard to know if the is damage is from termites simply because the little critter has gone invisible. When this happens you can use other visual clues to detect a termite infestation. The most common clues are the following:
Amazingly enough you can actually listen for wood damage! Yes I said listen. You want to conduct periodic inspections of your home to be sure you are not infested with termites and one way of doing this is by tapping large sections of wood with a small hammer or large screw driver. If a section of wood sounds hollow when you tap it you may have wood boring insect damage. To determine whether it is termites rather than carpenter ants you can use a stethoscope or another listening device. Termites do not make noise, but carpenter ants make soft, rustling noises when they are moving about in their chambers.
Another way to inspect for possible termite damage to your Phoenix home is to cut away a piece of wood from the suspected site. Termite damage causes wood to be become fragile and easily broken and the wood will very likely pull away with the slightest force.
We here at Varsity Termite and Pest Control Specialize in detecting and treating in Phoenix for these pesky little creatures so if you don’t want to have to go thru the steps to determine whether you have Termites we can do that for you. Contact us and we will come out and inspect your Phoenix home for Termites.