If you own a business and commercial property, you know just how important the actual building is to your business. Without it, your operations might be completely compromised, putting your business in financial peril. It’s imperative that property managers and business owners alike keep an eye out for termites here in the Valley. By being proactive, you can make sure that commercial termite services like those offered here at KY-KO Pest take care of the problem fast and early, with no lasting damage to your business or building.
Call our team to schedule your free termite inspection here in Phoenix. We’re ready to help answer your questions.
Here are the signs your business needs commercial termite services
If you’re noticing any of these red flags, you need to call the professionals at KY-KO Pest Prevention right away for a free termite inspection in your business:
As termites consume wood, they digest it in the form of a sawdust-like material. If you notice any substance that resembles dust or fine powder along the edges of your walls, it may not be actual dust. There may be dry wood termites to blame. In businesses where there shouldn’t otherwise be sawdust accumulation—such as office buildings and restaurants—be on the lookout for strange material buildup.
Mud tubes on the exterior of your building
If you notice pencil-sized tubes made out of mud on the side of your property, you may have a subterranean termite infestation. These types of termites require specific humidity levels and temperatures to survive, so they create tunnels to block out the elements. If these tubes are on your property, termites may be thriving inside of it. You should give us a call to schedule a termite inspection.
Blistering or bubbling wood
When termites feed on wood, they can cause the surface area to bubble. This may occur on practically anything on your property made from wood, including flooring and walls.
Termites leave their wings after they find a mate and a new area to start a colony. These wings are pretty small, but if there are a lot of them, you’re bound to notice. Finding a pile of tiny insect wings may indicate a swarm of termites is infesting your commercial property.
Of course, termites may cause visible wood damage. Chewed wood often has long grooves. Common places to find wood damage include behind or below walls and floors.
Soft spots on your walls
If you press lightly on the walls in your building and notice the wood sinking inward, termites may be wreaking havoc on your structure. Soft spots are a result of termites building tunnels through wood or drywall.
Small holes in paper
You may have files or books around your workspace. Termites may go for these materials since they’re made from wood and relatively easy for them to digest.
Call KY-KO to schedule commercial termite services
If you suspect your business has termites in or around the building, give our team a call and have us inspect for termites. Best-case scenario, you don’t have termites. Second best-case scenario, we catch the termite infestation early, before there is major damage to the building and corresponding disruption of your day-to-day operations.
To schedule your free termite inspection here in the Valley, contact our team today!
To call termites “pests” is simultaneously truth and an understatement. Most pests are simply dirty—you simply don’t want them in your home. Termites, on the other hand, are destructive on a whole other level: left unchecked, they can destroy your home. As another kick in the shins, a home that has been previously infested by termites is at higher risk for re-infestation. That’s when termites come back for round two.
In this article, we’ll review the early warning signs of a termite comeback, and what homeowners who have previously had termites need to know. If you suspect that termites have returned, you need an expert by your side. Call KY-KO Pest Prevention for a free termite inspection and termite treatment services here in Mesa and the Phoenix metro.
What you can do to prevent re-infestation
There are several ways in which you can prevent termites from returning. For one, you can remove soil-to-wood contact around your home. Make sure storm drains empty a few feet away from the foundation of your home. Also, eliminate other sources of excess moisture.
During swarming season (typically spring), keep outdoor lights off at night. If you need outdoor lighting, relocate lights to recessed areas of the home and away from doors and windows, as light attracts termites.
These are not guarantees that you’ll avoid a termite re-infestation. But, they do help, and they represent small things that homeowners can do on a regular basis.
Early warning signs of re-infestation
The key to preventing re-infestation is being proactive. By maintaining a termite protection plan and checking your home on a periodic basis for termite damage, you can spot a potential issue before it becomes a full-fledged problem.
Be on the active lookout for the most-common signs of termite activity:
- Hollowed or damaged wood
- Blisters in wood flooring
- Mud tubes
- Termite droppings
- Discarded wings
If you’ve had termites before, you might know what some of these signs look like, or where the infestation was centered before. Check that space (foundations, attic, and more) again to make sure that termites haven’t returned to the same place.
Here’s the bad news: if you notice any of the above signs, a swarm is likely already present. However, you may have caught them early. It’s time to call in the pros.
What to do when termites return
When termites want to become your destructive tenants again, you need to do what you did when you discovered them in the first place: contact KY-KO Pest Prevention for our termite control services.
When you work with our termite removal company, the first thing we will do is inspect your home to determine the extent of the problem. We will also look for the presence of other factors that may influence cost and treatment options.
Next, we will treat both the soil surrounding your home and the home’s structure itself. Finally, we will create a barrier around your home to keep termites from reaching your home via underground tunnels.
Call KY-KO when termites come back
If you suspect that you have termites or if you’ve had them before, contact our company for a free inspection.
For homes that have had termites before, the battle isn’t over yet. Termites are stubborn recolonizers. There’s a saying here in Arizona: there are two types of homes, those that have had termites and those that will get them. We’d add a third type of home: those that had termites and now have them again. This is why you need a termite warranty that will protect your home years after service.
At KY-KO Pest Prevention, we offer 1-year termite warranties by default with our termite service. Whether it’s the first time or you suspect termites are back, give us a call for termite treatment. We offer free termite inspections here in the Valley, and our termite experts can give you an honest assessment of any termite activity in, around, or near your home.
Return of the termites
Almost everything termites do is based off of pheromones released by other termites. If you’ve had termite activity in your home in the past, that odor-based form of advertisement is still going to remain up even after you’ve wiped out the original colonizers. Plus, if some termite tubes remain intact, there’s already a pre-built highway for new termites to get where they want to go.
This is often why Phoenix-area homes see renewed termite activity in the months or years following their original termite service.
Preventing a termite comeback
If you want to keep termites from re-colonizing, there’s a few steps you can take to help reduce your risk:
- Hire the right pest control team: A good termite team—such as the one here at KY-KO Pest Prevention—is going to do the job right, which includes going the extra mile in indoor and outdoor treatment to not only wipe out existing termites, but discourage termites from returning.
- Ask about sealing entry points: Desert subterranean termites typically build tubes up through the dirt and onto the foundation of the home in an attempt to gain entry. However, ask your KY-KO technician about other points of the home that you can seal. Home sealing is a great way to prevent all kinds of pests from getting in the living spaces and attic of your home.
- Remain vigilant: Regularly check the exterior foundation of your home for termite tubes. Take a peek inside the attic to look for any activity or tubes between support beams. When in doubt, call KY-KO for a free termite inspection.
What are the benefits of a termite warranty?
A termite warranty is a good investment, not just in practical terms, but for your peace of mind as a homeowner. Realistically, a termite treatment can only last so long—while we use an effective process and EPA-approved chemical for our treatment, its power will eventually begin to fade as the years go on. A warranty protects you against an early return by termites.
With a warranty, any renewed termite activity will mean you can have your home retreated at no extra cost to you.
Take the stress out of the unknown
At KY-KO Pest Prevention, we offer a 1-year warranty by default with all of our termite treatments. We pride ourselves on making sure you can enjoy your home worry-free once our service is completed. Want even more peace of mind? You can extend that warranty by up to 5 years for an additional cost.
Contact us today to discuss your free termite inspection. If we find any signs of renewed termite activity, we can get your house treated and warrantied as soon as possible, so you can get back to living your life without the added stress of termites.
Termites are an exceptionally destructive pest. A colony can quickly threaten the overall integrity of your home, causing significant structural damage. One of the tell-tale signs of an infestation is the presence of termite tubes, thin tunnels of mud serving as a pathway from the insect colony to their food source.
But, just what are termite tubes, and how do you go about finding them and dealing with them? In this blog post, we’ll explore the world of termites and provide you with some tips for protecting your home. If you suspect that your home has termites, call KY-KO Pest Prevention for a free termite inspection here in the Valley.
What are termite tubes?
Termites instinctively provide themselves with shelter while they work, in order to protect themselves and gain sustenance for their colony while mitigating risks. There are several reasons why they build these practical structures out of saliva, waste, and nearby dirt.
- To avoid natural hunters
- To maintain moisture levels by remaining in soil
- To obtain food in otherwise difficult to reach areas
Moisture is a must for subterranean pests like termites and being hidden from predators is a helpful benefit of using the tubes for foraging for food. Bypassing manmade obstacles is made much easier by crafting the tunnels to go over or around anything standing between them and the wood they require for consumption.
Tubes don’t just adhere to solid surfaces like wood beams or the foundation of your home. Termite tubes are surprisingly strong and can actually be free-standing. Termites will often use free-standing tubes to get to out-of-reach wood beams in your attic.
Can I just remove the tubes?
If termite tubes are dry and crumble on contact, then it is possible that that the insects have moved on. However, this is far from a guarantee. Dried-out tubes may simply indicate that the termites used that tube as a point-of-entry, and are now simply elsewhere inside your home.
Active tunnels will still have busy termites present, or at the very least still be damp. Removing any or all parts of a termite tube will not eradicate the threat. Keep in mind that the tunnels only serve as an outward symptom of a much larger issue beneath the surface.
Here’s the bottom-line: when you see termite tubes, that’s the time to call in the experts here at KY-KO Pest Prevention. Dry or not, tubes indicate termite activity of some kind, and termites are fond of re-colonizing—even if all the former colonists are dead or gone. You’ll need to take an active stand in defending your home against these invaders.
How should I address the problem?
Regardless of whether the tunnels are in active use or not, if you discover termite tubes around your house, the best thing you can do is call in a professional to inspect and diagnose the situation. Here in the Valley, those professionals are found right here at KY-KO Pest Prevention! Contact us today to schedule your free termite inspection.