What are termites?
Termites are social insects that live together in large colonies. Termites feed on items made of cellulose, and can become quite destructive when they feed on structural wood found in homes and other buildings. Outside, these insects are beneficial by helping to break down decaying trees and other organic matter.
The social structure of a termite colony is quite complex. Members of a termite colony are divided into different groups or castes, and they work together to maintain their colony. Termites divide themselves into workers, soldiers, and winged reproductives (kings and queens). Workers make up the bulk of the colony. They have soft bodies and are responsible for gathering enough food to feed all the members of their expansive and ever-growing colony.
Are termites dangerous?
Termites do not bite people, aren’t known to transmit any disease, and seldom even come into contact with people. They pose no direct threat to people. However, termites are dangerous to the structures of homes and other buildings. When termites invade homes to feed on their wood, they can cause extensive and costly damage that is not usually covered by homeowners' insurance.
Why do I have a termite problem?
Termites are moisture-seeking pests and are found on properties with decaying vegetation, fallen trees, damp soil, and other organic debris. While foraging for food, termites also often accidentally find their way inside homes through cracks in their foundation or through moist soil that comes into contact with door or window frames, deck posts, porch steps, or wood shingles. Termites also find their way onto new properties during a termite swarm. A termite swarm is when the reproductive members of a colony swarm from the nest to mate and start a new colony. If a mature termite colony is located nearby, termites could, unfortunately, swarm to your property.
Where will I find termites?
Outside, termites create their nest in the ground underneath moist soil. Termites travel from their food source to their nest through underground tunnels or mud tubes they create on the surface of basement walls, foundations, and the ground. Termites do no live inside the wood they are feeding on.
Inside homes and other structures, termites tunnel through wood found behind walls, above ceilings, and underneath flooring, gathering food for their colony. Termites initially attack water-damaged wood, but as an infestation continues to grow, they will begin to feed on and damage sound wood and non-wooden items.
How do I get rid of termites?
Partner with a trusted pest control expert to control destructive termites. At All Clear Pest Control, we offer family-friendly and eco-friendly residential and commercial pest control services to quickly resolve your Arizona property’s termite problem. Our trained technicians provide the inspection, treatment, and preventative services needed to eliminate termites and to stop their return. To learn more about our termite services, or request a free estimate, reach out to us!
How can I prevent termites in the future?
In addition to using our termite control services, you can put into place the following preventative measures to minimize future issues with termites:
Repair leaky pipes, faucets, or fixtures located inside or outside your home.
Remove water-damaged wood from your home.
Limit soil-to-wood contact on or near your home.
Create a stone barrier between any soil or mulch and your home’s foundation.
Use dehumidifiers to reduce moisture levels in your home.
Make sure crawlspaces are properly ventilated.
Seal cracks and crevices in your home's foundation.
Remove fallen trees, tree stumps, and other piles of organic debris from your property.
Clean gutters regularly to stop water from backing up and seeping into your home’s walls.
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