While you’re happily dusting off the grill and cleaning the pool, tiny bugs may be planning to devour your home. Termites swarm in Arizona from July through September. If your home is targeted, your repair bills could cause a few fireworks to go off inside your head. Termites can attack wood structures in your home any time of the year, but they like to creep up on you in summer when you’re busy enjoying life and not paying attention.
Why Do Termites Swarm in Summer?
No, they’re not migrating to September’s Arizona Insect Festival. The highly destructive and common desert subterranean termites swarm in the summer months on warm, mildly windy days. Because they need water to survive, you’ll often see them after a rainfall. Although they’re less common in Arizona, you may also encounter drywood termites during the warmer months. Your best defense is to keep your eyes open for signs of termite presence and damage.
Signs of Termite Damage You Don’t Want to Overlook
- One obvious sign of a termite problem is the presence of discarded termite wings. They’re often seen just after a termite swarm has occurred, when alates leaving their old colony shed their wings, and move to small crevices to mate and start a new colony. Starting in July, keep a close eye on your windows, doors and light fixtures; these are common spots where wings can be found.
- Shelter tubes are made from termite saliva, soil and feces. You can find these visible tube-like structures along external walls of your home or in crawlspaces. If you spot weird-looking tubes, call us for an inspection!
- Wood damage caused by termites is less commonly seen than you might think, but it’s a serious warning. Look for discolored, warped or bubbling wood structures. Wood severely affected by termites will be weak and become hollow. Infested wood can be punctured easily with a sharp object. It may also sound hollow when tapped.
- Tiny droppings that look like salt and pepper or sawdust may be termite droppings. They typically appear in small piles. If you see one or more signs of termite infestation, don’t waste time. Prompt attention to the problem can save you from further damage.
Burns Keeps Phoenix and Tucson Summers Termite-Free
At Burns Pest Elimination, we manage and prevent summer termites with a variety of effective pest control methods including odorless and non-toxic liquid applications, strategically placed trenches and a variety of professional termiticides. We can also help you defeat bedbugs, rodents, roaches and any other pests that plan to ruin your summer. Visit our website to schedule service, and spend the season enjoying the sun instead of battling bugs.