Termites are well-known wood-eating pests. In Arizona, we must protect our homes from two types of termites; subterranean termites and dry wood termites. Subterranean termites nest underground. These termites have high moisture needs and feed on decaying or water-damaged wood. Things in our homes like leaky pipes, dripping air conditioners, or poor ventilation often cause structural wood to become damaged and provide a food source for subterranean termites. In contrast, drywood termites have much lower moisture needs and nest in the wood they feed on. These termites cause damage to dry or solid pieces of wood like wood furniture, wooden beams, and wood trim.
Termites are active in our area throughout the year, with swarming seasons usually between January and March and then between July and September. A termite swarm occurs when winged reproductive termites emerge from a mature colony to find a mate and create a new nest. Knowing signs of a termite’s presence helps identify an infestation sooner rather than later. During a termite swarm, winged termites will quickly drop their wings, leaving behind large piles of them. A subterranean termite infestation is often only discovered after a homeowner notices small, brown mud tubes running along the ground or the foundation of the house, on walls, or running down from the ceiling. Wood infested with termites will have tiny holes in the exterior; coffee-ground-like droppings build up on the ground below those holes. Contact us for immediate assistance at the first sign of termites on your property!
Keep termites from causing damage in your yard and home with the following prevention tips:
- Ensure your yard’s irrigation system is in good working order and not leaking.
- Regularly inspect your home for leaky pipes, sinks, and tubs that could cause water damage that attracts termites.
- Remove excess wood, wood mulch, and stacks of cardboard from your yard that will attract hungry termites.
- Always inspect wood furniture and lumber for signs of termites before bringing the items into your home.
- Remove old wood fencing, play structures, and furniture from your yard.
If you need to get insects or rodents out of your house, trust the local pest control experts in Tucson at Rigo Pest Prevention. With the help of our friendly professionals and thorough services, your home will soon be free of its current invaders and will keep new pests at bay! To learn more about our highly effective residential pest control services, contact Rigo Pest Prevention today!