While they are only 1/8th of an inch in length, termites cause as much as $5 billion in damages per year in the United States. The most common termite found in the arid desert of Scottsdale is the subterranean termite which lives – you guessed it – underground where it has access to moist dirt and wood. While they are a nuisance, there are some things you can do to decrease the damage.
Tips for Preventing Termites
- Seal cracks. From ants and termites to mice and rats, pests enter your home through cracks in the foundation and walls. While your initial home inspection should identify these issues, they can always develop over time. Scheduling regular pest control service is a good way to get an extra set of eyes on the exterior of your home. If Budget Brothers Termite & Pest Elimination sees any cracks or gaps in the exterior of your house, we’ll let you know. And we’ll get rid of any nasty pests that may have made them home.
- Eliminate leaks. Like with many pests, termites are attracted to water and moisture. A slowly leaking faucet and a nearby wall with a small crack are the perfect entry point for termites.
- Set bait stations. If it is confirmed that you do have a termite infestation, we can set bait stations. Worker termites will bring bait to the colony, eventually poisoning other termites and killing the colony. These are most often set in areas of high activity and at entry points around the outside of your home.
- Make them starve. Termites love wood so getting rid of wood piles, tree stumps, accents, decking, and exposed and/or untreated flooring will go a long way to preventing termites. Keep in mind that when their meal of choice, trees and wood, is not available, termites will eat dead plants of any kind even those in your garden or yard.
- Ask your neighbors. If your neighbor has a termite infestation, it’s likely you do too. Termite colonies are underground systems that don’t recognize property lines. If your neighbors have a problem, it’s a good idea to call a professional pest elimination service to check your home for termite damage. A bit of prevention today could save you thousands of dollars in reconstruction later.