Subterranean termites represent a common problem for homeowners and businesses throughout the Arizona area. It is important to know what to do if you find termite mud tunnels and their residents on your property. Taking swift action can eliminate your termite problem before these wood-eating critters have the chance to do significant damage to structures.
Our handy step-by-step guide will help you identify termite mud tunnels and take the appropriate actions to remedy the problem as quickly as possible. This could make the difference between preserving your property and being saddled with extensive, costly structural repairs. Here’s what to do if you find termite mud tunnels on your property.
Step 1 – Identify Active Termite Mud Tunnels
Before you begin the process of termite elimination, you must first verify that you actually have them on your property. In some cases, termites will abandon their colony and move to a new location. However, they’ll leave their termite mud tunnels behind.
To check whether termite mud tunnels are still in use, break off a section of mud near the middle of the tunnel. Leave the top and bottom portions where they are. In a few days, come back to check the status of your broken termite mud tunnels. If the missing portions have been repaired, you have an active subterranean termite colony on your hands. If nothing has changed, your termites have most likely moved on.
But to be sure, contact Budget Brothers Termite & Pest Elimination. Our experts will know exactly which steps need to be taken. When it comes to termites, you want to be certain. Instead of regretful, thousands of dollars in repairs later…
Step 2 – Know Your Limitations
Some Arizona residents attempt to treat subterranean termites on their own in an effort to save money. However, termites are notoriously tricky to get rid of, especially if you are unfamiliar with the process.
If you try to get rid of the termites by yourself, you run the risk of not completely eradicating the colony. This allows the termites to repopulate and continue to pose a threat to your home or business facility. The more time the termites have to work their way through your property’s wooden structure, the more damage they will do, and the more the repairs will likely cost.
Step 3 – Call in the Professionals About Termite Mud Tunnels
Instead, it is always a better idea to leave subterranean termite treatment to the experts. Budget Brothers Termite & Pest Elimination is highly familiar with subterranean termites. We’ll thoroughly inspect your property for termite mud tunnels so that we can verify exactly where termite activity is taking place.
Once we have a clear picture of what is going on, we can get to work treating your property. We’ll apply materials to the ground around your home. They seep down into the termite colony. As the termites travel back and forth between your home and their colony, they’ll take the materials with them, effectively spreading it throughout the colony, eradicating it.
Finally, we can knock down any remaining termite mud tunnels. This way, you’ll be able to easily identify fresh termite activity should a new colony take up residence in the future.
Step 4 – Feel Safe in Your Home
Working with Budget Brothers Termite & Pest Elimination will give you confidence and peace of mind that your termite problem is under control. It is well worth the extra cost to know that the job has been done professionally and that there is minimal risk of the termites coming back.
We invite you to reach out to Budget Brothers Termite & Pest Elimination if you are concerned about termite mud tunnels on your property. We’ll be more than happy to come out and take a look so that we can let you know what to do next. Reach out today to schedule an appointment for a free termite and pest inspection.