Termites can plague homeowners around the country, but they are especially problematic in Phoenix, where the climate is warm and welcoming. It’s essential that you take steps to protect your home, including hiring a termite control company in Phoenix a to put down preventive treatments around your property. If you don’t plan ahead to protect your home, you may not be able to act until the damage is extensive since termites go largely undetected until there is a serious problem.
Learning about the different types of termites and their habits can help you understand what steps to take to prevent them. Here’s a bit of information to help:
There are many types of termites, but only a few are big problems in Phoenix.
One of the most common termite types you’ll see in Phoenix is the subterranean termite. This species includes many types of termites. These termites all live under the ground, where there is moist soil, and they eat roots and other wood that goes into the ground or that has contact with the ground.
Subterranean termites do come out of the ground, but they do so through mud tunnels that they build to protect themselves while they travel. Going into the hot, Phoenix sun can kill them.
The Formosan subterranean termite is also common in Phoenix. These underground termites are highly destructive because they can build large colonies quite quickly. They can easily number in the millions thanks to their queen’s ability to lay up to 1,000 eggs per day. These termites can infest trees, utility poles, boats and more. They also eat insulation and utility lines.
Finally, drywood termites are common in Phoenix. Drywood termites don’t have to live in the soil, and they target wood that has not decayed – such as the wood used to build your house or your furniture. They can travel from location to location if they are in a piece of furniture or even a picture frame.
Understanding a bit about the type of termites you might be battling on your property can help you understand how to better prevent them. Of course, the most effective termite prevention measure is to hire a termite control company in Gilbert to put down professional-strength treatments in and around your property. However, there are measures you can take at home to reduce your risk, as well.
Start by keeping dirt away from the brick or siding of your home and keeping ivy and plants from your foundation. The soil should be at least two to three inches below the first brick or siding of your home. Ivy and plants should also be kept back since they create moist conditions and cover for termites.
You should also avoid mulching near the exterior of your home. Use xeriscaping instead, or use artificial mulch. Ensure proper drainage around your home by making sure the downspouts and gutters are free of obstructions or leaks. Don’t put the sprinkler close to your home.
Finally, make sure you maintain the barrier around your home. That means getting a Phoenix pest service to put down a strong termite barrier treatment to start. Then you need to be careful not to use bleach to clean the outside of your home since it can deactivate the termite treatment. You should also be careful about digging or re-landscaping near the edge of your home as that can break the chemical barrier.
Work closely with a Phoenix termite control company to determine the best course of action to keep termites away from your home. Your pest control specialist may have additional recommendations based on your property’s unique characteristics.
Call Varsity Termite and Pest Control to talk with an experienced termite specialist about how you can protect your home. A specialist will perform a termite inspection to determine where termites are on your property and how much they have spread. The specialist will then recommend the best treatment to remove all the termites and protect your property. If you have no termites currently, the specialist will help you understand what treatments you can get and actions you can take to protect your property from these dangerous pests. Call us in Phoenix today to schedule your termite inspection and consultation.