Termites Remain Active in Winter

Termites are pretty active all year round, even in the middle of winter. OF course, the middle of winter in Arizona is not the same as winter in, let’s say New England. But, our Arizona termite season is neverending.

When temperatures drop, termites do move below ground even farther, which can just mean they are tougher to find and seek out. The warmth that termites seek is deeper into the dirt, so they dig down farther and farther, but never really disappear.

Here in Arizona, queen termites produce eggs at a steady rate year round. Because our winters are fairly mild, egg production doesn’t necessarily slow down. Which could mean that there are termites laying eggs right now far below your home, just waiting to be born and attack your home.

In colder temperatures, queen termites do, in fact, slow down their egg production. While they don’t hibernate, they do cease egg production during the coldest months of winter.

Finding termites in the winter time inside your home is possible. Subterranean and drywood termites that have found shelter and food in your home’s foundation and walls will not be as affected by cold outdoor temperatures.

It’s imperative that you have a termite pest control come out to your home to inspect for termites immediately, particularly if termites have been in your neighborhood in the past few months. Termites can wreak havoc on your home, causing hundreds and thousands of dollars in damage, including hotel stays while pest control companies treat your home.

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.

 

Where Do Termites Hide in Your Gilbert Home?

Termites are sneaky, and can hide in nearly every crease of your home. The thing about termites is that they not only hide throughout your home, they burrow, dig, destroy, eat and multiply. Termites are no joke, particularly in your Gilbert home.

Today, I want to talk about termites in your Gilbert home, and where our pest control professionals will most often find them…

Foundation of Your Gilbert Home: Termites love to find the smallest of cracks in your Gilbert home and invade, which can often mean inconsequential cracks in your foundation. Those tiny cracks are perfect size for termites, and they will use those foundation cracks to infest your home.

As we always say, it’s imperative that you find pest control professionals, particularly termite treatment professionals, with expansive masonry experience. This way, when the termite treatment professional places termite treatment throughout your property, masonry experts will know exactly where to place the treatment and how to place it as to not damage your cement.

Plumbing: This might seem like an odd hiding spot for termites, but we more often then not find termites in Gilbert homes around the plumbing. It’s within the walls that termites love to hide, and within your walls is your plumbing system.

Those pipes that run through your Gilbert home are like a highway system for termites. We find time after time that termites have invaded the plumbing system in Gilbert homes.

If you see any signs of termites, call Magic Pest Control immediately.

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Are You Ready for a Termite Invasion Gilbert? The Ultimate Guide

You’re probably thinking, “No, I’m not ready for a termite infestation. Who would ever be ready for a termite infestation?”

The fact of the matter is that termites cause billions of dollars in damage every year. They invade homes and businesses every single day, even here in Gilbert, Arizona. Termite infestations happen every single day in Chandler, Arizona, and Queen Creek, and Phoenix.

When are you ready for a termite infestation? When you know the signs and symptoms of a termite infestation, and you know the right termite treatment professionals to call…

Knowing to Call a Termite Treatment Professional who Knows Masonry:

By now you know that scorpions can enter your home through any crack that you can slide your credit card through. If it’s approximately 0.030in thick, a scorpion can squeeze through it…

They are crafty and sneaky little pests.

If your Gilbert home has the smallest of cracks in the walls or foundation, scorpions will find their way in.

The most skilled, trusted and experienced Gilbert pest control professional will have a background in masonry work…plain and simple.

Today, I want to share with you just how important it is to have skilled masonry professional, who also happens to be a pest control expert, to your home for both termites and scorpions.

Why Your Pest Control Professional Should Also be a Concrete Expert

Pest Control Concrete Professional

There are two instances in which a pest control professional also needs extensive knowledge in concrete and masonry work:

  • When termites have invaded your home and drilling will need to be done to lay out extermination chemicals…

  • When home sealing is essential to keep scorpions out of your Gilbert home…

Termites and Concrete

First off, let’s talk about how detrimental termites can be to your Gilbert home.

The common misconception with termites is that they need wood, and since your Gilbert home is not made of wood but more block and concrete, termites have no reason to invade.

That’s not necessarily true.

Termites love masonry! They, obviously, don’t munch through masonry, but they do love the tiny cracks in your foundation or concrete walls that tend to form over time. Termites literally turn these minuscule cracks in the concrete into their own personal highways.

Termites will use every single concrete crack in your home as a highway to the good stuff…your drywall, those 2-by-4 studs in the wall, and the roof frame.

Here at Magic Pest Control, our termite specialists know exactly where to look for termites, and exactly how to get rid of them…placing the termite pesticides exactly where the termites are…within the cracks in your concrete.

This means that when our termite exterminators come out to your Gilbert home, they will skillfully drill into the concrete, laying out essentially a border of protection around your home…within the your concrete driveway, your concrete garage floor, even your concrete entrance path…to kill termites where they hide and keep them from coming back.

Only a skilled masonry with extensive experience in concrete work, and termite knowledge, is right for this job.

Scorpions and Termites

Just like termites use the tiniest of cracks in your concrete as their own personal highway to good food, so too do scorpions.

Scorpions will find these tiny cracks in your concrete foundation and walls, and they’ll let themselves right into your home.

Your Gilbert home needs to be sealed from scorpions by those who know Arizona homes and concrete construction the best…masonry pest control professionals!

Knowing NOT To Treat Termites By Yourself:

We’ve all been there…

“I’m going to run down to Home Depot and grab some pest control granules and I’ll take care of it honey…don’t you worry about a thing.”

Inevitably, the $20 you spent on pest control spray, or concentrate, or granules, over and over and over again…is wasted.

It’s wasted because you do it again and again and again, constantly running to the hardware store to grab that pest control spray to hit the perimeter of your house, breaking your back in the sweltering heat, tracking down ant piles and seeking out scorpions.

Your DIY pest control methods might be somewhat effective for a few ants, and it might kill a few scorpions outside of your home, but I can promise you this…

DIY will NOT keep termites from destroying your home.

Once termites find a nice place to build their home in your home, you’re in big trouble.

The only effective, and literally house-saving solution, is to have an expert termite professional come out, take care of the termites, and precisely place termite bait and termite treatment within the foundation of your home to not only kill the termites but to keep them from coming back…

And only the most proficient exterminators with masonry experience can do the job properly.

Today, I want to talk about the five things that Arizonans need to know about termites before even attempting to go DIY:

  1. Masonry Experience is a Must: As mentioned, if you don’t have any experience with concrete and foundation, don’t even attempt to treat your home for termites. You’re wasting your time and hard earned money. And, you’re wasting your football weekend. Termites go deep. They create tunnel beneath your home and within the walls…even throughout the concrete’s smallest of cracks and crevasses.  Only a skilled exterminator with masonry experience can get to those termites.
  2. Termites are Prevalent in Arizona: In fact, statewide, there are an estimated 3 to 5 termite colonies per acre of land! If your neighbor has termites, or literally anyone in your neighborhood has termites (per acre), you are at risk.
  3. Costly Termite Damage: Across the United States, termites cause more property damage than tornadoes, earthquakes, and fires combined. Do NOT try to treat your home for termites the DIY way. While you’re wasting time going the DIY route, those pesky termites are getting deeper into your home, causing more damage, and ultimately costing you more money in the long run.
  4. Subterranean Termites Are The Worst: You won’t be able to tell the difference between a subterranean termite and a drywood termite, but our termite experts can…and it’s a good thing. If we find that you have subterranean termites, we know that we’re in for a fight. Subterranean termites have a relatively large range and massive colonies beneath the soil.
  5. Termite Prevention: Preventing termites from infesting your home is tough, especially because they are so prevalent…and if your neighbor has termites, you probably will too eventually. But, there are a few things that you can do:
    1. Have Monthly Pest Control Visits: A pest control expert will instantly spot termite tubes and termite signs, so having monthly pest control is a great way to prevent termite damage.
    2. Home Sealing: Just as your home should be sealed from scorpions and other pests, you can attempt to seal your home from termites. This includes sealing all cracks and crevasses, which our Magic Pest Control team can do for you.
    3. Barrier Products: Our termite professionals can place a termite barrier around your home, sort of like an invisible force field deep down in the soil, to prevent termites from breaking through.

Termites are no joke. If you think you might have termite tubes in your garage, walls or around the base of your home, call us immediately: 480-654-5888

Knowing the Signs to Looks For And Where To Look For Them:

  • Interior: The internal search for harmful termites can be a longer period intensive. Signs of harmful termites in the home may be more difficult to recognize for a variety of factors. Your inspection should include every room in the home, making sure to inspect under beds, behind curtains, within cabinets, and behind appliances. Termite pipes, like on the outside of the home, can be existing on drywall or on floor boards throughout the home.
  • Exterior: The first place a property proprietor should inspect is the outside of the home. The first symptoms of harmful termites typically show up outside and the outside of the home tends to be simple enough to examine. The perimeter of the home should be inspected thoroughly.
  • Crawl Spaces: Obviously, for homes that have the layer of concrete foundations, spider areas will not be existing, but it’s important that any tight places in the home be checked as well. You’ll need a flashlight and a lengthy tool; a crowbar or lengthy screwdriver will continue to perform. You’ll also want to put on lengthy pants and a lengthy sleeve shirt to keep the dirt off.

Benefit of termite’s inspection

1.Flexibility And Time –No one wants to set time aside from performing or to cancel some other dally activities only to wait for the ‘bug guy’. Termite inspection organizations know this, so they are willing to perform with your personal schedule. Controlling harmful termites problems needs efforts and using pest management items is a key to protecting your house successfully. If you decide to do this yourself, there are chances you will forget when to treat your house again. Termite inspection organizations will keep track of this and will know when the items wear off and when is plenty of here we are at another inspection for termites support.

 

2.Hazard –Termite inspection specialists know how to properly use and where exactly to apply (outside and of your house) the items. Many inspections for pests organizations go green and use Eco-friendly items that are safe for the environment and your house. Also, if the specialists need to use more harsh pest management items that can be extremely dangerous, they have the knowledge to guarantee the safety of your family and residential. There are many chemicals available to consumers on the market, but remember that exposure to those chemicals does not give you super power against the pets in your own home.

 

3.Cost – Paying a normal fee can price few $ 100 per year. But, it can price you lots of money for fixing your house if craftsman bugs or harmful termites go unnoticed. If you do not know how to inspection for harmful termites nor know what are symptoms of craftsman bugs, consider inspection for termites support. Businesses that provide inspection for termites solutions know exactly where and what to look for in your own home, and the price you will pay for their solutions is nothing more than pennies in comparison to fixing termite harm.

 

Conclusion:

There you have it…everything you need to know about termites and the best termite treatment professionals!

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How Much Damage Can a Termite Infestation Actually Cause To Your Gilbert Home?

Termites cause over $5 billion in property damage every year. Yes, that Billion with a “B.” From commercial buildings to residential homes and structures, termites and termites infestations cost homeowners and business owners billions of dollars every year.

Last year, in 2016, termite damage went over $5 billion for residential and commercial buildings. The signs and symptoms of a termite infestation are easy to see, if you know what you’re looking for. Unfortunately, most business and homeowners don’t take the time to learn the signs and symptoms of a termite infestation, and don’t call for termite treatment in time.

By the time business owners and homeowners notice signs of a termite infestation and call an expert for termite treatment, thousands of dollars in damage, if not more, has already been done.

In fact, your home is far more likely to be completely destroyed by termites than by a fire…five times more likely!

The first step to preventing a termite infestation is to recognize the problem before it’s too late, costing you thousands in repairs.

Termite signs and symptoms looks like this:

  • Termite Tubes: You have a termite problem if you have termite tubes. Most often you’ll find these crawling up the side of your foundation, or along the walls of your garage. In most cases, termite tubes will be mud colors, often called mud tubes, and clay-like in texture.
  • Frass: Termite droppings are called frass, and will be visible around the entry point of your home for termites.
  • Wings: Often you’ll see small wings scattered around an entry point in your home. This is a sign of a termite problem.
  • Hollow Wood: Holes in any firewood you might have around your home, or within the trees or patio furniture could be a sure sign of a termite problem.
  • Cracked or Chipping Paint: If the paint along your wood trim or even in the walls of you home begins to chip and crack, it could be a sign of a bigger termite problem.

Never try to handle termites on your own. Termite treatment involves masonry expert drilling and termite professionals who not only know where the termites are, but where they came from and where they’re going.

Call Magic Pest Control today for termite treatment.

Does Humidity Make Termites More Active – Arizona Pest Control 101

Monsoon season in Arizona is termite season in Arizona. This is a termite’s Christmas, in July.

Humidity in the air means moisture in the ground, which termites love.

Here’s the thing, most of the year, our soil is like clay. It’s hard. It’s dry. It’s difficult to dig through for us, let alone termites.

Right now, during monsoon season, all of that changes. Water sits and seeps into the dirt, making it soft and moist.

Water comes down in torrential downpours, making the soil easier to dig through.

Humidity and moisture in the air also can damage your home. If you have any rotting wood in your home or around the trim outside, it’s like a beacon for termites. That rotting wood will call to them, and the humidity in the air will only add to the damaged wood.

So, how do you prevent termites from invading your home during monsoon season, when the air is humid and termites are fully active?

  • Get firewood, pallets, or any debris away from the side of your home. Nothing should be touching your house, including patio furniture. All shrubs and trees should also be trimmed away from your home.
  • Check for rotting wood anywhere, particularly around the trim of your home. Any peeling paint along your home’s trim could be a sign of not only rotting wood, but termites. Get that rotting would fixed as soon as you can.
  • Before monsoon season starts is a great time to put a fresh coat of paint on your house, patio furniture, shutters, door or trim. A fresh coat of paint is a simple, affordable and effective way to keep termites away.

If you think that you might have termites in your Gilbert, Arizona home, don’t wait to call in the experts. Call now!

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.

Top Termite Damage

Termites find their way into your home and think they have found themselves a feast of wood. They will start to eat away at all the wood in your home causing hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars in damage, causing your home to become unsafe, and sometimes if it is really bad, unlivable. If you start to notice any of these signs of damage it is important that you call to have schedule a termite inspection immediately.

Top Termite Damage

Top Termite Damage

1. If you start to notice any damage to your walls like loose wood paneling, piles of wood chips, or damp areas, because termites live of of moisture. If you notice any of these things you need to get a termite inspection immediately in order to find out what damage the termites have already caused and get control of the situation before it gets out of control.

2. If you start to notice any damage to your home’s foundation, such as weak, squeaky, or missing pieces of wood in your foundation, you more than likely have a termite infestation. having a bad foundation can cause even more problems throughout your home, such as cracks in the drywall and ceiling, do to the unleveled foundation that is caused by the termite damage.

3. If you happen to have carpet in your home, there is a good chance that underneath it, there is wood. If there happens to be a termite infestation in your home in the foundation or in the subfloor, there is a good chance that the termites are probably living in your carpet. Although the termites will not cause damage to your carpet, they will use the carpet as a place to reproduce. Depending on the color of carpet you may have, it might be hard to see if there are termites living in it. If you ever get the chance to replace your carpet, installing tile would be a better choice, in order to avoid hosting a breeding area for termites.

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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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