Taking action today can help you stop termites from munching on your home tomorrow
Thanks to their propensity for secretly dining on floors and walls until very little stable structure is left behind, termites may just be the most destructive pest in Arizona. The most common species—called subterranean termites—first settle in underground colonies, slowly making their way into the home above through moist mud tubes. By the time you start spotting signs of termites inside, chances are it will be too late to stop serious damage, which is why prevention is so important. Here’s what you can do to keep termites at bay all year long:
1. Learn as much as you can. Knowing how termites look and behave can help you spot an infestation early. For a definitive guide on everything termite, head to this page from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
2. Fix all cracks in your home’s foundation. Since the foundation can serve as an entryway for termites nesting below, keeping it sealed off can go a long way toward preventing future infestations. In addition to repairing cracks, inspect your foundation on a regular basis for signs of standing water and termite damage.
3. Keep the ground dry at all times. Like most pests, termites love moisture and need it to survive. In fact, having access to moisture is one of the main reasons why subterranean termites build mud tubes out of wet soil before traveling to dryer areas. Since the ground in many parts of Arizona is naturally hot and dry, moisture control here is relatively easy. To prevent problems, watch out for dripping water from air conditioners, grade your yard away from your home’s foundation and extend the gutter downspouts.
4. Reduce humidity levels inside. Controlling moisture on the inside is just as important as monitoring moisture on the outside. Air conditioning, dehumidifiers and good ventilation are all simple ways to control indoor humidity through the stickiest days of the year.
5. Keep wood debris away from your house. You don’t want to give termites any reason to get closer to your home’s foundation. Mulch, firewood, lumber and any other materials containing cellulose should be stored separately and preferably off the ground.
6. Stay on top of landscaping. Like wood debris, dead roots, shrubs and trees that sit too close to your foundation make attractive meals to hungry termites on the move.
Remember that the above are preventative steps. If you’ve seen signs of termites around your home including tunnels, wings, droppings, sagging floors and walls or suspect that you might have a hidden infestation, call in our experts for a professional inspection today to prevent further damage.
Visit the Burns Pest Elimination homepage to learn more about termite control in Phoenix and Tucson.