Termites in AZ
Creepy, crawly, wood-eating, house-destroying pests. That’s right, I’m talking about termites. If you’ve just moved to the Phoenix area, your home purchase may have come with pest control already done. But if you aren’t sure if or when your home was treated for an active infestation or prevention, then it could be time to do so again. Over time, your house will lose its protection against bugs. So, exactly how often do you need to treat your home?
In short, you should have your home inspected for termites about once a year. Termites live in colonies that can quickly grow to numbers in the millions if left unattended. The evidence of unwanted inhabitants may not always be in plain sight either. Having an annual inspection done will keep up with the prevention of termites or aid in the quick eradication of any that have found their way in before their numbers, and damages, reach large levels.
If you’ve had an inspection recently but see signs of termites, getting another professional glance done is recommended. Some signs to be on the look-out for are: seeing a few, or even swarms, of the sometimes winged insects, visible wood damage in or around your home, discarded wings (as they shed them when establishing a colony) or their excrement which looks similar to coffee grounds. It is always better to be safe than sorry when dealing with your dwellings, so if your aren’t sure, it’s best to be certain by having it checked out.
The inspection will be thorough, but not time consuming. A total home check will include attics and basements if applicable and inside and outside of the whole house. Adding a consultation to the inspection, plan to have the pest control person with you for about 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the home. If outbuildings are nearby and a concern, they can be assessed as well.
A quick, easy and inexpensive inspection done about once a year can really save thousands of dollars in potential termite damage. Not to mention the stress that repairs can bring with them. Pick an easy date or month to remember and set it up annually. Don’t let termites in AZ take over your home.