How To Get Rid Of Termites: A Comprehensive Guide For Phoenix Homeowners

A single termite up close

Termites are wood-eating pests that can find their way into any Phoenix home, and once inside, the structural damage they cause is largely unmatched. These destructive pests live in large numbers throughout Phoenix; they constantly threaten our homes, and the damage they cause threatens our bank accounts.

We have created this comprehensive guide to help Phoenix homeowners guard their properties from these destructive pests. In addition to learning about termite behaviors and habits and implementing prevention tips, working with a Phoenix termite control expert like Protection Termite is paramount to avoiding issues with termites. 

Termite Activity: How To Identify The Signs

Learning the signs of a termite infestation is key to avoiding the nightmare that a termite infestation can become. The longer termites are in your home unchecked, the more damage they will cause.

Signs of a termite infestation include:

  • Mud tubes: This is one of the most common and noticeable signs of a termite infestation. Termites create pencil-width mud tubes to move above the ground through and up the foundation and basement walls.
  • Discarded wings: When mature termites swarm from a termite colony to find a mate, they quickly drop their wings. Finding piles of termite wings near or in your home should alert you to the close presence of a nest.
  • Wood damage: When termites feed on wood in your home, you may notice small holes in the exterior of the wood. Tapping on termite-infested wood may sound hollow, and floors and ceilings can begin to sag. 

If you suspect the presence of termites in or around your home, immediately contact us at Protection Termite and schedule a termite inspection. 

The Silent Threat: Understanding Termite Damage

Termites' ability to work together as a well-oiled machine allows them to cause their problematic damage. One termite won’t cause damage to a structure, but hundreds of thousands of them will. It is also essential to know that significant termite damage doesn’t happen overnight. It can take many months, or sometimes years, for them to cause enough damage for homeowners to notice their presence. 

Termites in Phoenix move to and from homes well out of sight through the soil, small cracks in exterior walls, or pieces of wood sitting directly on the ground. Once in your home, termites begin to attack structural wood, tunneling further into your home each day. 

Partnering with a professional and implementing regular pest control visits is the best way to identify termites and stop them before they cause the costly damage they are famous for. 

Proactive Measures: Preventing Termite Invasions

We have compiled a list of helpful termite prevention tips that will allow you to take the proactive tips necessary to stop termites from getting into your Phoenix home:

  • Remove fallen trees and tree stumps from your yard and wood debris from near the perimeter of your home.
  • Eliminate excess moisture from the perimeter of your home by repairing leaky hoses, pipes, and areas of poor drainage.
  • Adequately ventilate your home to reduce humidity levels. 
  • Inspect your home’s foundation and seal any cracks you discover.
  • Repair damaged wood trim on your home.
  • Eliminate as much wood-to-soil contact on your home as possible (wooden shingles, steps, deck posts).

Take advantage of the above tips in addition to professional termite control solutions to keep them out of your Phoenix home!

Don't Wait To Act: Contact Us At The First Sign Of Termites

You cannot play a wait-and-see game when it comes to termites. These pests won’t leave a property offering them food, moisture, and shelter on their own accord. At any sign that termites have found their way to your property, immediately contact Protection Termite for assistance. We have comprehensive home pest control solutions that will solve your home’s termite issues and offer a long-term solution. 

Using our professional knowledge and advanced treatments, we will work with you to defend your home against termites.  For the most effective termite control near you, call now!