If you live in Arizona, it is a pretty sure thing that you have seen termites in your home or in someone else’s home. Termites are a battle all the time, but since spring and summer is the peak season in Arizona, they present even more of a problem for homeowners. Termites cause more than $30 billion in damage in the U.S. each year! People who fall victim to these pests are estimated to spend an average of $3,000 to repair termite damage on their property. That’s why it’s crucial to act fast when you notice the first signs of an infestation.
Signs of a Termite Infestation
This is the time of the year that you should be checking your home for termites that have decided to invite themselves in. In order to check, you can get a flashlight and look both inside your home and outside.
Here’s what to look for if you suspect a termite infestation:
- Mud tubes on the exterior foundation of your home. These tubes will be thinner than a pencil and will be pale yellow or tan brown.
- Peeling paint on wooden structures
- The sound of hollowness on wooden structures or furniture
- Bubbles in the paint at the top of your walls, especially in the corners of the rooms. These bubbles could be caused by a mud tube coming from the ceiling.
- Discarded wings on the ground that resemble ant wings.
Termite Treatment Options
There are many approaches to treating a termite infestation, and it’s important for a professional to assess the situation and identify the exact needs of your property and situation. When you work with our Arizona termite exterminators, we will keep you updated and provide the necessary information to help you understand which treatments work best and why.
There is a large variety of wood treatments for termite control, which are focused on killing existing termite colonies while preventing new ones. Wood treatments often include surface sprays, injections, foams, and Borate-treated wood
Bait treatments are effective for eliminating large termite colonies. A termite exterminator will install bait stations in locations that termites will encounter them. Termites will take this bait and carry it back to their colony, slowly ensuring that the entire colony is removed. Your exterminator will regularly monitor these bait stations to ensure it’s efficiency.
Soil treatment is designed to specifically target subterranean termites since they live in the soil surrounding your home. A trench is dug in the foundation of your home and the soil is treated with termiticide. This treatment is efficient at killing termites when they return to their nest, as well as preventing future infestations.
Don’t Wait for Professional Termite Control
So, what do you do if you find that termites have decided to make your home their home in the peak termite season in Arizona? You start by making a phone call to a termite exterminator in Phoenix like Invader Pest Control! We will schedule a time with you to come out and take a look at what you have found. Once we have determined exactly what type of termites they are, we’ll develop a treatment plan that meets your needs.