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When Termites Can Be Beneficial

When Termites Can Be Beneficial

When focusing on termites for pest control in Gilbert, AZ, the first thought for most homeowners is getting rid of these pests as soon as possible. And it is true that they can cause thousands of dollars in damage to a home and become a major headache for homeowners. However, in the natural world, termites do have some use and as a homeowner, it can be helpful to know what these benefits actually are.

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Can Scorpions Live in Plumbing

Can Scorpions Live in Plumbing

“I swear a scorpion came up through the plumbing into the sink yesterday!”

Arizona scorpions are sneaky little critters, getting into every nook and cranny within your home. If there is a crack small enough to fit a credit card through, scorpions will use it like a one-way highway…

One way right into your home where it’s comfortable and full of food.

But, there are scorpions who make the trek through plumbing lines and into your sink… Read more

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I Have Wood Patio Furniture…Will That Attract Termites

Arizona pests of all shapes and sizes love patio furniture. In fact, they love any type of dark and hidden space where they can avoid the elements…and patio furniture usually provides the little nooks and crannies our Arizona pests find quite inviting.

But, if you have wood patio furniture…wood tables, chairs, swings, etc…are you sending out an invitation to termites?

Well, the jury is still out on that one. Some pest control experts and researchers believe that termites simply forage until they find wood, than alert their pals.
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Top 3 Reasons Termites Chose Your Home

Top 3 Reasons Termites Chose Your Home

Besides having wood inside your home that naturally attracts termites, there are 3 other factors that can also attract them:

#1: Moisture:

Poor airflow, improper drainage, and leaky pipes are all factors that contribute to moisture. And this condition attracts termites, especially the dampwood and the subterranean termites. However, they tend to look at different kinds of wood. The dampwood termites will look for water-damaged wood, while the subterranean termites will look for the places where they can find the more moisture. This is the only way they are able to live in.

 #2: Wood In Contact With Your Home Foundations:

Whenever you have wood near your home foundations, you may be creating the perfect environment for subterranean termites. So it’s not a good idea to have firewood, overgrown shrubs, or mulch placed too close to your home.

#3: Cracks In Building Exteriors:

When you notice a fissure or crack on the exterior of your home, you need to make sure that you take care of it because this is the perfect entrance for termites.

Why Did Termites Invade My Home?

Why Did Termites Invade My Home?

When you notice that you have termites invading your Gilbert home, you’re in a serious problem. However, in order to fix it, you need to know a little more about termites.

The different types of termites

There are mainly three different types of termites that like to invade your home – the dampwood termites, the drywood termites, and the subterranean termites. Each one of these types is attracted by different thins that you have around your Gilbert home. In what concerns the dampwood and drywood termites, they live inside the wood they eat. The subterranean termites prefer to come in and out of the wood they eat and they usually live in large groups.

Why did termites invade your home?

Termites are naturally attracted by wood but depending on the types of termites, their wood preferences varies. While dampwood termites prefer woods with moist, the drywood termites prefer woods that are already dry.

Subterranean termites will basically infest any kind of wood that you have in contact with the ground but the nearby soil needs to be moisture. Since these last type of termite keeps moving around, they basically create a mud tube that allows them to easily move from the soil to the wood.

One of the main factors that determines the termites presence in your home is the weather. If you live in an area with warm weather and a consistent humidity, you are more likely to have a termite invasion.