You may think that termite damage won’t affect you or your home, but you may need to reconsider. In fact, termites are responsible for billions of damage to homes and other buildings every year, which is more damage than fire and windstorms combined. Every homeowner should know the basic facts about termites to keep their home protected and minimize the damage these destructive pests can do. Below is a quick guide to help you learn a little more about termites.
The Types in Arizona
There are two common types of termites in Arizona – the desert subterranean termite and the drywood termite. The desert subterranean termite is more common than the drywood and prefers a little moisture. They typically live underground in large colonies and create mud tunnels to forage for their food and keep them protected. The drywood termite likes a warm, dry climate and typically builds nests in fallen tree branches and other dead wood, such as the timber in your home. Depending on where you live, you could easily have either of these types of termites in your area. It’s important to call in a professional to assess which type you have and how to best treat the problem.
How They Live
Most people already know that termites eat wood, but these tiny and very social insects also like to eat through vinyl, linoleum and cables. They aren’t picky! Termites live in colonies with thousands, even millions, of their friends and family members. Even though they are one of the smallest members of the cockroach family, these little insects can create a great amount of damage in a short amount of time by working together.
The best method for termite prevention is to have a professional regularly perform termite inspections in and around your home. One thing about termites that is so dangerous is their ability to quickly manifest themselves. Even if you’ve never seen any signs of termites in your home, they can quickly appear without warning and cause significant damage within months. It’s important to have a professional perform inspections and determine the appropriate course of treatment to keep your home safe and protected from termite damage. To learn more about termites in Arizona, or to receive a free termite inspection from ACTION Termite Control, call (877) 556-4131 today.