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.