• Termite FAQ

    • Can I Apply Fipronil Products Myself?
      While some Fipronil-containing products can be applied by homeowners, certain commercial-grade products can only be utilized by trained, certified specialists. Here at Arizona Termite Specialist, our team of termite exterminators is trained and certified to use Termidor® and Fuse products.
    • Hoe Long Does It Take for Fipronil Products to be Effective?
      Fipronil treatments are 100 percent effective at three months after application. Fipronil products may take up to three months to eliminate a colony, since this termiticide must be transferred from termite to termite.
    • Will Fipronil Harm My Pets?
      No. Our products contain Fipronil, which is specifically formulated for termites, and it’s applied in a concentration and at locations that won’t harm your pets.
    • What Is The Difference Between Drywood and Subterranean Termites?
      There are two types of termites that are prevalent here in Arizona: drywood termites and subterranean termites. The former doesn’t rely on the ground to build a colony — drywood termites can build a colony that’s completely enclosed by wood. Subterranean termites, on the other hand, build their colonies in the earth and then construct mud tunnels to reach sources of food.
    • Are Termites Attracted to Mulch?
      Yes. Mulch is an ideal environment for termites. Termites find controlled temperatures, moisture, and food within mulch, so it’s best to keep mulch away from your home. Keep mulch beds at least 6 inches from the foundation of your home.
    • Can Termites Consume Firewood?
      Yes. Termites often consume firewood, especially if it is outside, near the ground, and near a source of moisture. If you have firewood on your property, be sure to keep it off the ground, and do your best to keep it dry.
    • Are Termites Consuming My Trees?
      Termites do consume tree wood. However, they won’t consume living trees — at least not termite species here in Arizona. If you have dead trees on your property, or trees with dead limbs, they may support a termite colony. Once again, it may be difficult to identify a termite infestation that within a dead tree, unless you notice mud tunnels or if you cut through a limb and note tunnels within the wood structure. Since termites don’t consume live wood, they won’t be a danger to your trees. However, be cautious that termites may turn dead trees and tree limbs into a hazard. Remove these trees and branches from your property to stay safe.
    • Can You Hear Termites?
      It’s very unlikely that you can hear a termite infestation. Termites are nearly completely silent as they walk through their tunnels, and they only make noise if they’re actively swarming and in the air. If you hear any noise within the cavities of your wall, it’s probably not termites.
    • Can Termites Be Transferred Any Other Way?
      If you’re moving lumber from one location to another, it’s quite rare to relocate a colony. While you may move some termites, you likely won’t move the queen, especially if you’re inadvertently moving wood that happens to have subterranean termites on board. However, you may trigger a colony to uproot if you agitate the colony.
    • Can Termites Consume Lumber Throughout My Landscaping?
      Yes. Termites can consume dead trees, firewood, and lumber as easily as they can consume the wood framing within your home. Be mindful that termites might be attracted to exposed wood throughout your yard. If you have wooden landscaping timbers, consider replacing them with another material.
    • What Causes Termite Swarms?
      Termites swarm when their colony is too large, or if a colony is disturbed. Termite swarms tend to occur in warm weather, and termites swarm more often after a rain. Once again, you can notice a recently swarmed termite colony because the termites will shed their wings once they find a new home.
    • Do Termites Colonize in City Buildings?
      Yes. Termites can thrive within a city. However, termites are less likely to colonize within city buildings. There’s simply less exposed soil, moisture, and wood which are necessary for a thriving termite colony.
    • Do Termites Harm Humans?
      In general, termites do not harm humans or pets. However, some folks are sensitive to the presence of termites. If you notice that you have itchy skin or you’re constantly sneezing, you may have a termite infestation. Termites droppings and shed termite wings may cause sensitivity in certain individuals.
    • How Can You Prevent Termite Infestations?
      You can take several steps to keep termites from entering your home. Be sure to keep moisture and humidity levels low around your home. Keep mulch away from your home (at least 6 inches). Keep loose wood off the ground, and keep firewood away from your home. You may also invest in preventative termite treatments if you’re concerned about termites around your property.
    • What Are Some Signs of Termites?
      Termites aren’t always visible when they infest a home. In fact, both subterranean and drywood termites prefer to build colonies that hide termites from view. You may notice, however, shed termite wings (a sign that a swarm has moved into your home), termite droppings (pellet-shaped droppings that resemble wood), mud tubes (which are built by subterranean termites), or darkening or blistered wood (which indicates that termites are consuming the wood). To be sure whether or not termites have infested your home, have a professional termite inspector take a look.
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