Getting termites is a common problem for homeowners around the country, including here in Phoenix. In this climate, subterranean termites are the most common. These unique termites make their nests underground, rather than in the wooden structure of your house.
That doesn’t mean that they don’t cause damage, though. They’ll make their way from the nest into your house, typically along the ground level. They feed on the wood, then return to their nests, leaving tunnels in the wood and weakening its overall structure. This could lead to costly repairs in the future if the damage is severe.
Not only that, but termite damage can also deter potential buyers if you decide to sell your house. You may also be forced to accept a lower selling price to allow for future repairs that may need to be done.
The best thing to do when you think you might be getting termites is to deal with the problem as quickly as possible. Here’s what to watch out for so you know if your home is getting them.
Watch Out for Swarmers
After the new babies have hatched each year, a mature colony will release swarmers. These adults leave the colony in a large swarm to start a new one elsewhere. They have long wings and are often confused with gnats and other small flying insects. If you spot swarmers around your home, getting termites may not be far in your future.
Fortunately, this is the perfect time to call in your pest control specialists. Before they have settled in their new colony and started feeding on your home, we can get rid of them for you to keep your home safe. Catching the problem early on will give us the best chance of stopping them before they can damage your house.
Monitor Your Home for Mud Tubes
To get from the colony to your house, subterranean termites construct tubes to provide protection during their journey. You’ll often see these tubes along the base of your house, leading vertically up the side towards the weep holes. If you have termite tubes on your house, you likely already have a thriving colony.
We can treat the ground in the affected area. After we apply the solution above-ground, the termites will carry the poison back down to the nest with them, effectively eradicating the entire colony. We recommend having your home inspected regularly to prevent getting termites again in the future.
Keep an Eye on Your Neighbors Getting Termites
Termites don’t typically travel far to create their new colonies, so if you find that your neighbors are all getting them, your home probably won’t be far behind. With subterranean termites, it isn’t always easy to know when a neighbor has an infestation. Unlike wood-boring termites, subterranean termites don’t require tenting and fumigation to treat, so you won’t have that tell-tale sign to keep you informed.
Work with your neighbors to keep each other informed about potential termite and other pest problems. This way, when you call your pest control service, you’ll have as much information for them as possible about pest activity in your area. We are experts in local Phoenix pests, including termites, so we can help you and your neighbors keep your properties pest-free.
Schedule a Termite Inspection
If you are unsure whether you might be getting termites, call Budget Brothers Termite & Pest Elimination for assistance. We’ll thoroughly inspect your Phoenix-area property and advise you of any pest activity. Our expert technicians can help you get a handle on your pest problems so you can protect your home and loved ones. Reach out to us today to learn more about our services and schedule an inspection.