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What are termites?

Termites are insects and, more specifically, wood-eating insects. Termites are one of the few organisms that can convert the cellulose found in wood and other material into a usable food source using microbes in their digestive system.

To survive and feed the thousands of members in their colony, termites are constantly searching for new sources of wood. Unfortunately, things like wooden fences, decks, furniture, play structures, and the structural wood inside our homes provide termites with wood they can use to feed their colony.

In Phoenix, there are two main types of termites we need to guard our properties against; the drywood termite and the subterranean termite.

Subterranean termites are the most widespread termites living across the country. They have high moisture needs and prefer to feed on wet or decaying wood.

Drywood termites have much lower moisture needs than subterranean termites and prefer to feed on dry, sound wood. Their colonies are much smaller than subterranean termite colonies, but they tend to be more efficient feeders.

Are termites dangerous?

Termites live and work together in very large colonies. Termites are incredibly social and work as a team to ensure the success of their colony. Their ability to work so efficiently is what makes them dangerous. If just one termite found their way into your home and fed on its structural wood, there wouldn't be much concern. However, termites invade by the tens of thousands.

Termites move into our homes silently without notice and can feed for months or years until the damage they do finally becomes apparent.

Each year termites cause more than five billion dollars in damage to structures across the country. Damage that your homeowner's insurance will likely not cover.

Why do I have a termite problem?

Termites are a constant threat to homeowners in Phoenix. Termites will enter our homes through small cracks they come across in the foundation or wood on your home, making direct contact with the soil. Drywood termites regularly enter our homes inside pieces of wood infested with adults, larvae, or eggs. Once they discover your home is providing them with a food source, they will keep returning and won't be easy to deter. 

Where will I find termites?

Drywood termites live within the wood they are using as a food source. These termites regularly infest our home's wooden beams, flooring, window sills, door frames, baseboards, and furniture. A drywood termite infestation is usually discovered after spotting small holes in the exterior of wood in your home. As drywood termites feed, they will push their saw-dust-like droppings out of the holes.

Subterranean termites nest underground in damp soil. The worker moves from the nest to their food source each day through the soil or above the ground in mud tubes. Mud tubes allow them to travel without worrying about being in direct sunlight or being seen by predators.

In our homes, subterranean termites attack structural wood, preferring water-damaged or decaying wood. These termites feed on structural wood behind walls and under floors. The wood behind windows, doors, sinks, tubs, and water pipes is most likely to be damaged by termites.

How do I get rid of termites?

The answer to the question of how to get rid of termites from your Phoenix, AZ home is simple; with the help of ACTION Termite & Pest Control. Ensuring you receive the most effective treatment isn't an issue when choosing to partner with us. Each of our inspectors has over 20 years of experience and can accurately identify whether subterranean termites or drywood termites in Phoenix are present on your property and will develop a treatment plan unique to your home.

Our different treatment options include:

  • Full drill treatment
  • Perimeter treatment
  • Soil + Problem area
  • Bait station treatment

Contact us today to schedule an inspection or for more information about termite control in Phoenix, AZ.

How can I prevent termites in the future?

Use the following five tips to avoid termites and reduce your chances of termites becoming a problem on your property.

  1. Control moisture level using dehumidifiers and air conditioners and repair leaky pipes.
  2. Stop rainwater from entering your home by repairing roof damage and leaky windows or doors. 
  3. Limit wood-to-soil contact. The wooden portions of your home should not make direct contact with the soil. 
  4. Seal or paint exposed wood on or in your home. 
  5. Seal small cracks or crevices that should become entry points for termites.

The best way to avoid problems with destructive termites is to partner with the Phoenix termite control experts at ACTION Termite & Pest Control.