If you are from Arizona, you know all about termites and how much damage they can cause to homes and businesses. Much of Arizona sits directly on top of the most active subterranean termite belt in North America. As we enter termite season, it’s time to prepare and assess the situation. Also, we don’t just have one type of termite here; we have two! Along with subterranean termites, drywood termites also run amok in the Phoenix area.
It’s not a question of if you will have to deal with a termite infestation but when.
Termite Infestations Are Very Common in Arizona
Did you know termite infestations are one of the most common problems pest-control companies are called for? It’s crucial to take steps as a homeowner to protect your house from termites. Preventive measures during termite season will help you fight back.
What Is Termite Season?
The first thing you should know about protecting your home against termites is that they are active all year. When referring to termite season, we are actually talking about the time of year when termites swarm. Termites swarm after their colony reaches its maximum population limit. This occurs in the spring following rainfall and the start of warm weather. If you are seeing a lot of termites flying around your home, it’s likely there is a large, well-established colony closeby. That means it’s time to take steps to protect your home.
5 Tips to Protect Your Home This Termite Season
1. Remove all sources of termite food. Termites eat cellulose found in wood. The more wood you have lying around, the more appealing your home will be. This is especially true when new colonies are being established. Remove all unneeded wood from your property, along with old tree stumps and firewood. Even landscaping wood mulch can host a termite colony.
2. Before you build or remodel, treat the foundation and soil for termites. A lot of homeowners will forego having their foundation and soil treated for termites due to its added costs, but keep in mind that it’s far cheaper to protect your home from termites than it is to exterminate a colony and repair damage.
3. Keep moisture away from your home. Just like every living species on earth, termites depend on water to survive. If your home’s foundation has enough moisture and cellulose, termites will thrive. Make sure your gutters and downspouts are in good working order, as well as any leaking pipes or faucets to prevent moisture from building up.
4. Clear bushes and brush near your home. Plants and garden beds make a great home for termites. When your bushes and plants come near or touch your home, you are greatly increasing the risk that termites will move in. Consider removing all plants and bushes away from your home’s structure.
5. Don’t try this at home. Termites aren’t a small problem, and homeowners aren’t equipped to deal with them. You’re best off working with Budget Brothers. We will eliminate the problem and guarantee our work.
Contact Budget Brothers for an Inspection Today
Budget Brothers Termite and Pest Elimination is a family-owned and operated company that has been proudly serving Arizona for more than 25 years. We highly recommend you schedule a routine termite and pest inspection once a year, especially during termite season. Do not attempt to fight termites on your own.