Destroy Termites with Professional Treatment Before They Destroy Your Home

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If you own a home in Phoenix, or you’re considering purchasing one, get a termite treatment Phoenix AZ inspection. Having a termite inspection on an annual basis in areas that are prone to these insects to reside in is a smart strategy.

If you do have termites, they can treat them and get them eliminated before they destroy your home. Termite treatments are relatively inexpensive and compared to the alternative, they’re downright affordable AND safe.

About The Destructive Termites

It is hard to believe that an insect around 1/8″ long could do so much damage to a house that may look solid on the outside but is, in fact, crumbling on the inside.

We are talking termites here, those tiny creatures that may go unseen for years until someone (an inspector maybe?) comes looking for them.

The thing to remember is that termites work very slowly so it may take several years to do any serious damage to a house, but if you suspect terminate infestation there are measures you can take to prevent too much damage to wood structures which will be discussed here.

Termites’ sole diet is cellulose, the main ingredient of wood. Not all termites live in houses because they only use the wood as a food source and carry the cellulose to their underground colony outside.

The sneaky little devils can always find a way into a house from there base of operations underground. Just like the ‘Great Escape’, they built their access tunnels along pipes, through spaces between bricks or any gap that leads to the house.

All they need is 1/32nd of an inch to squeeze past so it is always relatively easy to find a way in.

Now that we know what they are, where they live and what they do for a living, let me go into some ways of exterminating them.

Right now there are a few chemical termiticides professional exterminators use directly into the soil around the house as a protective barrier before termites can get in. Another method is to uses a slow-acting, less toxic chemical that is applied to the soil in small amounts over a long period of time.

This chemical is put in small boxes or tubes with food like wood particles or paper and buried around the house. The theory here is that scout or forger termites will eat the food and carry some back to the colony where it is shared with the others, infecting the whole colony.

In both cases, because many termites do not actually live in the house, just carry the food back to the colonies, barrier protection around the house is the preferred treatment because it will prevent termites from coming in and those leaving will have to pass through the infected soil killing the colony.

The only way termites will stay in a house is if there is a steady source of water like a leaky pipe or even condensation because they like it dark and damp.

As with many insects and the animal world as well, termites are broken down into different categories like subterranean termites that live and bred underground, establish colonies and develop there own caste system where some are bred to work, some to be soldiers and a king and queen that do nothing but reproduce.

Another type of termite does live in the house, that’s the drywood ones that live in the south and southwest. The wood they live in does not have to be rotted or even water damaged, in fact these particular insects like it dry and new.

For these types of terminates, damage control must be done on-site where they live. Holes are drilled into wood members at or near the colony and injected with an insecticide which can be a liquid or in powder form.

In extreme cases, the whole house is wrapped in plastic and fumigated – not a pretty sight. Termites will always be with us in one place or another for one simple reason – they are so hard to find and exterminating them can be even more difficult, depending on where they live.

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