Subterranean termites are among the most destructive pests in Arizona. Every year, these insects are responsible for causing thousands of dollars in structural damage. This is why it’s so important to have your property inspected by a licensed professional. Let’s take a look at the most effective treatments for termites.
Why Are Termites So Problematic During Monsoon Season?
Termites can cause issues throughout the year. However, monsoon season causes subterranean termites to become especially active. The increased moisture and heat help create the perfect living conditions. They will gradually start to come out of their well-hidden nests. During monsoon season, don’t be surprised to see signs of termites around your home.
What Are the Signs of Termites?
While termites live below ground in the soil, they will leave their nests to find food sources. Your home’s wooden structures are definitely on the menu. When dealing with termites, it’s especially important to recognize the signs of their existence. Be on the lookout for mud tubes and tunnels. These passageways help keep their bodies moist and provide extra protection against predators. You’ll likely find mud tubes on foundations, walls, and posts. Although termites prefer to stay outside, they will occasionally come inside. You may discover mud tubes along the ceiling, walls or sometimes even straight up through carpet! If you happen to notice a tiny exit hole in the wall with dirt around it, this could definitely indicate the presence of termites.
Often, many homeowners mistake termites for flying ants. You’ll find their discarded wings around window sills. All of these signs require immediate action.
I Have the Signs, Now What?
Once you’ve noticed the signs of termites, it’s time to call a professional exterminator. There are two main treatments available. Traditional liquid treatment is usually the first option for residents. It involves trenching the outside soil and injecting the treatment below concrete slabs. In only a short time, the termites will start dying. While liquid treatment is very effective, it must be done on a routine basis.
A baiting system like the Sentricon System is a great long-term solution for termites. Bait systems can be installed around your home to create a protective ring. Termites will feed on the material instead of your home. Because the bait doesn’t break down under the harsh Arizona weather, it’s able to control termites for years to come.
When facing termite problems, be sure to call Bill’s Home Service. We treat termites and a wide range of other pests. With more than 50 years of experience, we know what it takes to keep your home or business pest-free. Contact us for a free estimate on service.