All termites are destructive, but certain species can be cause more damage than others. There are many different species of termites indigenous to Arizona, but certain species of Arizona termites inflict the most damage, costing homeowners a lot of money in repair costs each year. Among these particularly destructive species are the Desert Subterranean termite and the Western Drywood termite. Each is discussed briefly below.
Desert Subterranean Termites
By far, the most common type of termite found in Phoenix homes is the Desert Subterranean termite. A subterranean termite colony may house over 300,000 insects, and many of them are reproductive termites that will leave the colony to find a location for a new one – and it is not uncommon for several colonies to exist on the same property. Desert Subterranean termites can literally destroy a home, feeding on timber and causing tens of thousands of dollars worth of structural damage over time. If you have a subterranean termite infestation, you’ll want to call a professional to apply a combination of baits and liquid treatments at entry points into your home.
Western Drywood Termites
The Western Drywood termite is indigenous to the southwest. This type of termite accounts for most of the Drywood termite damage that occurs in Arizona homes. Western Drywood termite colonies are much smaller than those of the Desert Subterranean termite, containing only about 2,000 termites per nest. However, this type of termite develops new colonies more often than its subterranean counterparts, causing serious damage to homes in Phoenix. This termite typically lives in the timber in your home, and doesn’t need a lot of moisture to survive – thriving in timber with a moisture content of less than 12 percent. A Drywood termite infestation generally calls for specialized treatment of the infested wood, as well as baiting, to rid your home of these unwanted pests.
No matter what type of termite you have, you need to call on a professional for help. If you believe your home may be infested with any type of termites, call (877) 556-4131 today for a FREE inspection and the best termite treatment available in Phoenix.