There are about 2,000 species of termites in the world, and each has its own distinct characteristics. Knowing how they live, reproduce, eat, and more helps us know how they take up residence in our spaces, what kind of threat they pose, and how to deal with them.
Fortunately, there are only about three main types of termites that are a big problem for us in Arizona, though a few species are present from each category, so we can narrow our focus significantly. Your Gilbert termite control technician will know how to deal with these termites to keep them out of your home. Here’s what you need to know about the science behind potential termite infestations in your home:
Subterranean termites get their name because they make their colonies underground. This isn’t just a preference – it’s a necessity for their survival. These termites have to maintain contact with the soil so they can get the moisture they need. When they travel, they either do so through tunnels underground, or they build mud tunnels to protect them from the sun and dehydration.
Arid Land and Desert Subterranean Termites are both problematic for Arizona homeowners. Arid Land Subterranean Termites tend to attach moist and decaying wood, such as old stumps or mulch in your yard. However, if you have any water damage in your home, that can make it attractive to these termites. You can keep them at bay by removing rotting wood around your home and keeping the interior of your home dry.
Desert Subterranean Termites are attracted to construction lumber, floors, and rafters, so they are a big risk for your home. They can also be drawn to dead wood around your home, which will bring them closer to your property. Your best defense is to keep your property clear of this wood and to hire a termite and pest control company in Chandler to apply a barrier treatment to your home.
Dampwood termites are attracted to wood that has a high moisture content. You are most likely to find them in rotting logs on your property or in water-soaked mulch. If you put that mulch close to your home, or if the logs are near your home, the termites might just keep munching their way into your property.
The Desert Dampwood Termite is common to Arizona, and it will attack living shrubs and plants. If you have trees or other plants near your home, they can easily move into your home in search of more food. Again, the best treatment is to keep these sources away from your home, to keep your home dry, and to hire a Gilbert termite control expert to apply a barrier treatment.
Drywood termites look for wood that doesn’t have a lot of moisture content – which they can find a steady supply of in your home. In Arizona, the two most common types are the Dark Western Drywood Termite and the Light Western Drywood Termite. Keeping dead wood, newspapers, firewood, and cardboard away from your home will make it less attractive for these termites.
Your Arizona home is at risk of termite infestation all the time. You can take preventive measures to make your home less attractive to termites, such as by removing wood and other organic materials from your property or keeping them far from your home. But the best thing you can do to protect your home is to implement effective termite control measures, which include a barrier treatment and ongoing protective treatments. You can be sure that termites never have a chance to get into your home.
Varsity Termite and Pest Control offers comprehensive and affordable termite control for homes and businesses throughout the Mesa and Phoenix areas. Our experienced technicians will find termites that may have already infested your property, and they will implement solutions to eradicate them. If your property does not currently have termites, we will implement preventive measures to keep them out. We also offer comprehensive pest control solutions for pests that are common to the Phoenix area, including rats, roaches, ants, scorpions, pigeons, and crickets. Call Varsity Termite and Pest Control today to learn about our affordable termite control solutions and to schedule a visit with a termite control technician.