Probably the worst pest you can ever encounter in your home is the subterranean termite. Regrettably, Arizona has the perfect climate for this pest. Though Alliance Pest Management is ready and willing to provide termite treatments, you should know how to spot these pests early on so that wide-ranging treatments are not required.
What Are Subterranean Termites?
Subterranean termites are insects that live in underground colonies and burrow upwards to feed on soft cellulose materials that are in contact with the ground. These can include rotting logs and damp wood structures, plant byproducts, and paper. From there, the pests can work their way up into your home, eating drywall, plastics, and foam.
Their bodies are narrow and oval-shaped. Length ranges from 1/8 inch to 1/2 inch. They have antennae and six legs. Color depends on the caste. Worker termites, the ones you will most likely spot, are cream-colored. Swarmers, which sprout wings and mate during the spring, have dark brown bodies but cream-colored wings. Soldiers are characterized by large, rectangular heads and large jaws. The head is normally darker than the body.
Signs of Subterranean Termites
Signs should alert you to a subterranean termite infestation: property damage and shed wings. Check for hollowed-out wood structures around your foundation. Bubbling and peeling paint may point to termite activity since their presence adds moisture to the structure.They have about a pencil's width and can be found in damp places in your home. As for shed wings, these indicate that swarming has ended and the termites are spreading.
Confirming an Infestation and Treating It
Obviously, only a pest control expert would know for sure whether you have an infestation and, if so, how extensive it is. Once you notice any of the above three signs, then, schedule a termite inspection. Once the inspection confirms your initial fears, you will want to set up treatment.
It's usually a choice between two options: liquid treatments and baiting systems. The former involves injecting a termiticide into the soil so that it acts as a barrier around the house. The latter simply involves setting up stations with poisoned bait that the termites can share with their colony.
Consequences of Not Addressing It
Every year in the U.S., homeowners pay out hundreds of millions of dollars to repair the property damage these pests cause. Sometimes, buildings that are completely neglected can collapse under the damage. Alliance Pest Management has been providing termite treatments since 1982 and continually finds ways to improve its service. Call today for an appointment with one of our fully trained termite inspectors.