There are many pests that can infest your home, but few can cause as much damage as quickly as termites. Catching an infestation early or preventing it altogether is your best chance at avoiding widespread damage to your home. There are many types of termites found here in Phoenix, but—as this article will explore—most of the damage is done by subterranean termites.
If you believe your home is playing host to a termite colony, contact our team here at KY-KO Pest Prevention. We specialize in termite prevention and treatment services. You should also check out our infographic on the real costs of termite infestations here in the United States.
What types of termites are most commonly found here in Phoenix?
Many exterminators will get calls from homeowners about swarms of termites in their backyards. They may see the telltale tubes or slabs of mud on wooden fences. Upon examination, however, these signs are often caused by desert termites. Although common in the area, desert termites rarely infest the home itself.
Although drywood termites are more common in California than the Phoenix area, exterminators do occasionally see this type of infestation. Fast action on the part of the homeowner is important because these termites work quickly.
As the name implies, they eat away the wood structure of your home. The first sign you may notice are small pellets of excrement on places such as your windowsills. A professional exterminator can confirm your suspicions and suggest appropriate treatment options.
The treatment method for drywood termites depends largely upon the size of the problem:
- Small, localized infestations: If the problem hasn't spread too far, professionals usually address it by drilling holes in the wood and filling the holes with insecticide. Once the termites are all dead, you can repair or replace any damaged material.
- Large, extensive infestations: When drywood termites have spread throughout your home or when you have multiple infestations in different areas, more drastic measures are needed. Professionals may recommend fumigation. Your home is tented, and all the oxygen is replaced with the gas used in the treatment to target every bug.
While it will not get rid of pests very quickly, one popular method for preventing drywood termites in the first place is boric acid. After mixing it with water, you can inject it into the wooden portions of your home to deter infestations of all kinds. Many homeowners choose this prevention method because it is safe for both pets and people.
Of all the termite types found in the Phoenix area, subterranean termites cause the majority of home damage. They can spread quickly, causing a significant amount of structural damage if they are not dealt with promptly.
One reason that subterranean termites cause such extensive damage is that they can sneak in through cracks in your concrete foundation. These bugs can squeeze into the smallest gaps and compromise your home.
A clear sign that you have subterranean termites is the appearance of mud tubes in various locations throughout your home:
- Under sinks
- Garage walls
- Ceiling corners
A full treatment for subterranean termites usually involves work both inside and around the home. Insecticide foam is sprayed in the ceilings or in holes drilled in the wood where the problem is found. After digging a trench around your foundation, exterminators also spray the foam in holes near your foundation.
Preventing a termite infestation in your home
The best solution is prevention. The experts at KY-KO Pest Prevention can inspect your home regularly for a termite infestation and recommend the best preventative measures to take for your home. If you have reason to believe that your home may have termites, contact our team to schedule a free termite inspection.