Subterranean termites are common in the Phoenix area, and they can affect homes at just about any time of the year. These termites burrow through the ground and up into your home through the foundation. Once inside, they eat the cellulose in the wood that makes up the structure of your house. Over time, this can weaken the structure, leading to further damage. Here’s what you need to know about how to eliminate termites and prevent them from coming back in the future.
The Best Way to Eliminate Termites
To fully eliminate termites before they can cause serious damage to your home, you’ll need to eradicate the colony. The best way to do this is with specialized termite treatment. Here at Budget Brothers Termite & Pest Elimination, we are proud to use Dupont Altriset to eliminate termites.
Unlike drywood termites, subterranean termites don’t actually live in the wood in your home. Instead, they construct a network of tunnels underneath your house to give them access to its wood when they need it. Because of this, traditional tenting methods don’t work to eliminate termites.
For subterranean termites, you’ll need to treat the soil around your house with Dupont Altriset or another termite-control solution. While this is typically done during the initial construction of the house, the treatment wears off after a few years, so you’ll need to keep up with regular treatments to keep termites away.
This job is challenging and specialized, so it is best to leave it to the professionals to ensure you fully eliminate termites around your home. When you call on us, we’ll dig a trench around the exterior of your home. We can then apply the treatment to this area.
As the termites make their way through the trench area and into their tunnels, they won’t be able to tell that anything is amiss. They’ll unknowingly bring the poison back to the colony, successfully eradicating all of the termites in the area. Once the treatment is complete, we’ll refill the trench to restore your yard.
Preventing Termites After Treatment
Because termite treatments typically don’t last more than a few years, it is not enough to simply eliminate termites once. You’ll also need to keep up with preventative measures to keep them from coming back as soon as the treatment has worn off.
For starters, you’ll want to eliminate any potential food sources for termites. While they’ll often eat the wood in the structure of your house, which you can’t really get rid of, they won’t turn down any wood scraps or other debris around your property. Keep your yard as tidy as possible. Tree stumps, piles of firewood and even stacks of old newspapers can all provide steady food sources for termites.
In addition to food, termites also need water to thrive, so you’ll often find them in areas with a lot of moisture. Keep an eye on your irrigation system, hoses, and other outdoor water sources so you can repair any leaks as quickly as possible. Because the climate here in Phoenix is relatively dry, damp areas should dry out fairly quickly once you have addressed the root cause.
Finally, you’ll want to have regular termite and pest inspections to quickly identify any activity that could signify an infestation. The sooner you are able to catch any termite problems, the less chance they will have to damage your home. Watch out for tunnels made of mud along the sides of your house, particularly along the base near the foundation. This is how they move back and forth between your home and their colony underground.
Our team can provide these inspections for you throughout the year. We know exactly what to look for to spot termite activity, so get in touch with us right away if you suspect termite activity.