Can You Be Allergic To Termites?

In our last blog post, we discussed what to do if you are bitten by a termite. While termites can bite, they rarely do. They only bite if they are handled out of fear you will harm them (and most likely, you will, especially if you are a termite inspector). However, are termites harmful to humans in other ways, such as causing allergies?

Arizona Termite Specialists in Gilbert offers the best termite control solutions for your home or business. Our termite experts are confident we can handle your termites and effectively eradicate them. In this blog post, we’ll discuss whether termites can cause allergies to flare. Contact us today for a termite inspection!


Termites themselves do not cause allergies; however, they can exacerbate allergies or asthma. Termites build nests of sorts, even underneath your home in the soil. This can stir up dust and particulates that end up in your ventilation system that then are spread throughout your home. Some people may have an allergic reaction to the chemicals in termite saliva or to their droppings that they are exposed to via the ventilation system.

Termites Attract Mold Growth

While termites themselves are relatively harmless in terms of your overall health, they can encourage mold growth. Termites feast on wood, which then decomposes as they eat it and chew their plant fibers. Decomposing wood (and other substances) along with the heat and humidity your home generates, fosters a perfect growing environment for mold. Mold, as you know, can be very damaging to your health, depending on which kind is growing. It can cause fungal infections, skin allergies, and even skin diseases, eye infections, and, in rare cases, death.

Termites Damage Electrical Wiring

Most people just think that termites cause damage to wood. In fact, this is not the case at all. Termites also damage electrical wiring in homes. They have powerful jaws to chew up plant fibers, or cellulose, their primary food source. This is not the easiest material to chew. Thus, in their wanderings around your home, looking for wood, they may encounter an electrical wiring that they think may taste good. Thus, they can begin to chew on this and damage it before they realize it’s not food. Thus, an electrical shortage can happen, which can cause a fire.

Termites Cause Structural Damage

The biggest threat to our health is the structural damage termites can cause. While rare, termites can chew through entire wooden beams, foundations, and other support structures, weakening them and leaving them vulnerable to collapse. While this takes a long time, an undetected termite infestation could cause such major damage. And no one wants to fall through the floor of their home!

Pesticides Can Damage Your Health

Another health risk from termites is the pesticides used by termite companies to get rid of the termites. Methods such as termite tenting, a fumigation method that uses poisonous gas to kill termites, can be extremely harmful to humans and pets — even more so than the termites themselves. Arizona Termite Specialists exclusively uses Termidor®, which is a termicide that is carefully applied and is low-concentrate. While it does contain some chemicals that aren’t the best for humans or pets, our termiticide experts apply Termidor® where pets and humans are kept safe.


Arizona Termite Specialists serve the Gilbert and surrounding areas with termite control services. We begin with a thorough inspection, looking for any signs of termites or the termites themselves. We’ve inspected over 10,000 homes and businesses over 20 years, so we know exactly what we are looking for. In fact, we often find termite signs that may have been overlooked by other pest control or termite control companies. This is one reason we specialize in termites only.

In addition, we strive to eliminate termites the first time, meaning we will apply Termidor® until the last termite has breathed its last breath. Termidor® works by a transfer effect. Here, termites encounter Termidor®. They walk in it and consume it. Then, they return to the colony before they die, transferring it to other termites. Depending on the size of your termite infestation, this may take several applications. However, you can rest assured as your trustworthy termite control company that we only do what is necessary.

If you own rental properties or you are a property manager, Arizona Termite Specialists also offers regular termite inspection services in order to keep your commercial property safe from termite infestation. We recommend yearly inspections in order to determine any sign of termites. The earlier you catch termites, the less damage they will do. Call today to learn more!

If you are in need of termite control solutions, call us today. We serve Apache Junction, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Gilbert, Cave Creek, and the surrounding areas. Schedule today!

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