A Chance to See Active Termites and How to Spot Them

A Chance to See Active Termites and How to Spot Them
Termites have been around for millions of years and for good reason.  Once they get started they can quickly grow to be a problem for your home.  Did you know that a primary queen can lay as much as 20,000-30,000 eggs per day. That is why it is important to get rid of the problem as soon as posible  In the time it takes to make the phone call, a hundred new eggs could be laid. Now that’s just the primary queen. There are often multiple queens. Furthermore, each queen lives for 45 years.

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Scary Arizona Pests of October

Termites, scorpions and all sorts of Arizona pests that can not only be a nuisance, but can cost you thousands in home and property damage, are still active in October, especially because the temperatures have been higher than normal.

While scorpion season is, in fact, coming to an end, that does not mean that scorpions will not seek shelter and safety within your home.

And, while termites might not be as active simply because monsoon season has come to an end and the ground is dry and hard, termites in Arizona are still incredibly dangerous and costly. You cannot let your guard down with any of these Arizona pests…not even for a moment.

A termite problem can occur at anytime, and knowing what to look for is crucial for avoiding extreme termite damage.

So, what signs should you be looking for over your home in Gilbert?

#1: Termite Shelter Tubes

You can usually see these signs on foundations, walls, or metal capping. These tubes are crucial for termites because they are protecting themselves from their predators. Plus, it’s the perfect nest for them. It usually is a humid and dark place which is perfect not only for their development as well as for food storage.

#2: Subterranean Tunnels

There are different termites species and the subterranean ones don’t make their nests on tubes. Instead, they prefer to make their own subterranean tunnels that they use to transport food.

#3: Blowholes In Trees

Despite both kinds of termites can use trees, the ones that use them more often are the subterranean ones. They tend to form their colonies on the trunks and in the tree root crown. If you have a suspicion that you might have some termites hiding here, your best chance to find them is to call an exterminator. Since they will need to hear through the tree to see f they notice the termites presence, they already know the kind of sound they should expect and where it is more likely to find them.

#4: Earthen Packing:

When termites decide to work inside a timber, you’ll notice the earthen packing on the surface, and the places where you’re most likely to find them is on joints and the foundation’s walls.

#5: Termite Noises And Wood Excavation:

One of the things that allow termites to go undercover and you don’t notice them is that they usually tend to leave a thin layer intact. However, they will then excavate deeper into the wood. One of the things that some Gilbert homeowners say is that they can actually hear them, especially if you already have a huge infestation.

#6: Piles Of Termite Frass In Or Around The Home:

Frass usually is referred as the termite droppings. You can usually find them either near or at the entry of the termites.

#7: Presence Of Wings

Every termite has its own function or job. And in what concerns the reproductive termites, their job is to fly around to try to find a good place for their nests. So, when you have an infestation in your Gilbert home, you may find some wings discarded. In case you do, make sure that you immediately call a specialist to get rid of them as soon as possible.

What Do They Do During a Termite Inspection?

Sometimes it’s confusing when it comes to termites. They seem so small and, well, not dangerous. Termite seem like nothing more than a pest that you could probably take care of yourself.

Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. Termites cost billions of dollars in damage across the U.S. annually. I think the number is something like $5 billion, which is insane.

Termites are not something that you can take care of yourself. And, termites are something you don’t want to wait to fix.

So, what is a termite inspection and why can’t you do one on your own?

A termite inspection is a visual inspection of the readily accessible areas of a home for evidence of wood-destroying insects. The inspector will visually inspect the entire interior of a home (including accessing and entering any sub-space such as basements and crawlspaces) and exterior of the property.

Our pest control professionals will inspect the very areas of your home where termites are most often found, and then the areas where we rarely see termites.

Our pest control professionals can almost sense whether termites have invaded your home…they have a sixth sense about them that is uncanny. If you have termites, our pest control professionals will find them.

Ok, so why can’t you do a termite inspection on your own? Well, you can try, and we have downloadable PDF’s for you to follow with photos of what to look for, but the odds are very good that you’ll miss some tell-tale signs, and some not so tell-tale signs, of a termite infestation.

Termites are sneaky, and will hide in places you probably don’t think to look. If you’re serious about a termite inspection the DIY way, you’ll need to gear up and crawl below and above your home…through the basement, underneath your home and in the attic, as well as on the roof.

Every square inch of your home needs to be inspected for termites, including all areas of the garage.

If you’re interested in getting our Termite Checklist, let us know.

 

Does Rain Bring Termites – Arizona Pest Control 101

Do termites get more active in the summer? Do termites invade more persistently when it rains? Do termites love monsoon season here in Gilbert, Arizona?

You bet they do!

We get these questions quite often here at Magic Pest Control. In fact, we love talking to our clients about how pests invade their homes, and offer tips to keep those pests out of your Gilbert home. Heck, if you want us out just to do an inspection and to pick our brains, we’re here for you!

Well, it’s July, which means that monsoon season has officially started, and it’s been busy already. We’ve been hit by big winds, dust storms, torrential downpours and thunder storms.

And you might have noticed more pests making their way into your home and into your yard. All of a sudden, you’re seeing more pests around your Gilbert home.

So, do termites become more active during our Arizona summer monsoon season?

The answer is a simple and definitive YES…

Rain triggers moisture build up within the walls of your home. If you have a water leak, or rotting wood, rain will trigger that wood to release an unseen aroma into the air, attracting termites who instinctively know where to find that rotting, wet, moist wood. It’s like their candy.

Termites need moist, soft earth to survive. While we don’t have a lot of moist, soft dirt in Gilbert, Arizona during most of the summer, monsoon season is prime time for termites to do their thing. The ground is soft, moist, and perfect for an infestation. Termites are in heaven.

During monsoon season, it’s crucial to check for signs of termites around your home. Check crawl spaces, foundation, the attic, the roof, the trim around windows, doors and roofing tiles, and anywhere else you can think of.

If you think termites might be on your property or around your home, don’t try to get rid of them yourself…especially during monsoon season. The heavy rains and moist air will make your pest control efforts futile.

Give the experts a call.

Arizona Termites – Need to Know, Home-Saving, Money-Saving Facts

Termites are more dangerous than any other insect or pest that disturbs homeowners in any part of the world.

There are roughly 2,300 species of termites worldwide. Most of them dwell in tropical and subtropical areas of the world. The temperate regions also accommodate some species.

The desert subterranean, western dry wood, arid land subterranean and damp desert wood are the species of termites dominating Arizona. This state in one of the most active domains of subterranean termites in North America. Their huge presence in this area worries the residents a lot. They can destroy the foundation of your Gilbert home in just a few years.

The subterranean termites are more prevalent and destructive than any other species in Arizona. They are noted for the damage they cause to multi-billion dollar building projects in this area. It’s very hard to identify them until their infestation becomes significant and cause damage to the wooden element of a house.

Dry wood termites can spread very fast in a home and consume dry wood from inside to outside. They can multiply and form colony without making any contact with the soil. They eat wood and also feed on any cellulose materials like paper, clothes, etc.

On the other hand, damp wood termites strictly live on woods. They are found in damp areas of the house where water leakages make the wood wet.

Arid land subterranean termites naturally occur in deserts where they attack creosote and green wood bushes as well as building and other timbers structures. They are also present in moist regions like rivers, lowlands and along streams and canyons.

In general, termites are prevalent in Arizona. There are approximately 3-5 termites colonies per acre of land in this region.

It’s important to note that a colony constitutes more than 100,000 termites. If this should be calculated, there will be over 500,000 termites in this region; this is huge.Termites are more disastrous than a catastrophic event like earthquake and tornadoes. Repairing damages caused by them can cost thousands and more amount of dollars. Their destruction is not limited to wood, sensitive paperwork, photographs are some other material they can destroy.

There are two major schools of thought on the main reason termites invades a home. The first school of thought identified nature as the primary reason behind the invasion.

On the other hand, the termite infestation in most homes is believed to be caused by some elements that are attractive to them.

These viewpoints can be real. These insects primarily attack homes to search for food and feed on them. The closed doors and windows do not limit these attacks. They can enter through the tiniest crack of a house. Swarms is a typical sign of infestation.

Thousands of young termites fly out of their nest to search for a mate and new homes. They fly in tightly packed clouds for a short time before dropping their wings and moving to a new location.

Termite can also attack a house through a mud tunnel which is made from debris, wood and small pieces of soil. Dry wood termites enter forest through the weak joints works around their corners. Creating artificial barriers by using chemicals below the ground can help to handle termite attacks. Identifying cracks and sealing them can contribute to the prevention of termite attacks.

 

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