What can you do to keep termites from infiltrating your home? And how can you ensure that an infestation doesn’t get so bad that you have to tent and treat your whole home? When it comes to preventing termite infestations, it’s helpful to be proactive, and it’s crucial to perform inspections regularly, to minimize damage and to act swiftly when termites are found. Here in Arizona, termites are unfortunately prevalent, and a single new colony can grow into a population of thousands of hungry termites in a matter of months.
Here at Arizona Termite Specialists, we’re here to help you prepare your home to keep termites from making your home theirs. And we provide inspections to ensure that termite infestations are caught early, so you don’t have to tent and fumigate your home. So let’s talk about prevention and preparation, the importance of termite inspections, and signs of termites, so you don’t have to move the family out for a tenting fumigation.
Preparation and Prevention
Take a keen look at your property. Do you have easy access to your home through cracks in your home foundation? Or do you have wood scraps and sawdust attracting termites to your garage? Maybe you have moisture in your crawl space that attracts these creatures. Be sure to clean up your property, and to protect your home by sealing its surfaces.
In addition, you can take preventative measures to keep termites from settling on your property. Ask your local termite expert about termite control products that are designed to prevent termites. Certain products can be applied around the exterior of homes (often injected into the soil) in order to provide lasting protection from these pesky insects.
It’s best to have your home inspected regularly to ensure that termite colonies are spotted before they cause major damage. If you let a termite colony grow out of control, the only viable option to treat your home may end up being a fumigation. Instead, have your home inspected every year or two (or as recommended by your termite expert), in order to nip any infestations in the bud, before they become a major problem.
Know the Signs
Although a professional inspection is the best way to make sure that termites aren’t digging into your home, it’s helpful to know the signs of an infestation, so that you can identify termites as early as possible. Keep an eye out for mud tunnels (pencil-sized mud tubes along the surfaces of your home), shed wings (which indicate that a new termite colony has flown to your home), termite droppings (small, pellet shaped droppings), darkened wood, and sagging floors. If you suspect that you have termites, don’t hesitate to call us!
If you do have a minor infestation on your property, we can treat the termites with Termidor, an effective termiticide (or insecticide for termites). Here’s what BASF has to say about Termidor Dry, the product that we use: “Termidor Dry termiticide features a patented Microllose™-based formulation that can be applied with precision directly to termite galleries in wood, carton nests, or shelter tubes in or away from structures. It quickly kills drywood and subterranean termites and is transferred among termites via the Termidor Transfer Effect.”
In other words, after application, termites transfer Termidor to one another, effectively killing off the entire colony.
Termite Control and Protection Starts Here
With Arizona Termite Control, we aim to stop termites before they cause costly damage. Count on us for inspections and termite treatments to protect your home. Feel free to reach out to us with any inquiries, or if you’d like to get started with a free quote!