Of all the insects that can invade your home, termites can cause the most damage. Termites are known for ruining wood, the most common material used to build homes in the U.S. At the first signs of a termite infestation, you need the best termite control available. Even better, you should invest in termite prevention to keep these destructive bugs out of your home. Here is what you need to know about properly removing termites from the termite experts at Urban Desert Pest Control.
How Do I Know If I Have Termites?
Termites love to eat cellulose materials like wood. They will seek out sources of wood, which could include your deck, garage, or house. There are different types of termites, some that fly and some that crawl, but all can wreak havoc on your house. Some of the signs that you have termites in or near your home include:
- Termite tubes. These are small tubes that termites use to travel – you may see them on your walls, fencing, or deck. They are often called termite mud tubes as they are made from termite saliva, soil, and wood dust.
- Clicking or thumping in your walls. Termites make plenty of noise as they devour your house. If you have termites, you will often hear clicking or tapping noises in your home’s structure.
- Hollow wood. If you tap on a wall, floorboard, or deck panel and it sounds hollow, you may have termites. These insects eat the inside of the wood and leave nothing but air inside.
Beyond their tubes, sounds, and destruction left behind, you may also see termites. They can fly in swarms, especially after it rains. You may also see their wings or bodies strewn around your home.
What Kills Termites?
Many products are designed to kill termites. Many contain chemicals that can kill termites when applied directly, but this can be difficult to accomplish. A wide selection of barriers and baits can be used for termite prevention. These contain substances that will kill the termite when they eat it, and the infected termites will spread it to others in their colony.
How to Get Rid of Termites
If you have signs of termites, you need to call in a professional. Termite eradication can be almost impossible to do on your own. At Urban Desert Pest Control, we are the termite experts, and we can determine the type of termite that is in your house and provide the best termite control method. Different types of termites may require various treatments to remove them from your home completely.
How Often Should You Treat for Termites?
The best termite control is inspecting for these insects and using other forms of termite prevention. At Urban Desert Pest Control, we offer treatments that can be placed around your foundation and other areas to kill termites and keep them out of your home. These treatments are typically applied once for termite eradication, followed by termite inspections annually to ensure termites are completely removed.
Schedule a Free Termite Inspection
Every homeowner in the Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, Chandler, and Glendale, Arizona area should have annual termite inspections to protect their home. If you have signs of termites or just want to ensure your home is protected, contact us at Urban Desert Pest Control. We offer free termite inspections for new customers and are ready to eradicate any pests and ensure peace and safety back to your home – call us today or request a quote online to schedule your appointment with one of our termite experts.