termites 101 six infestation indicators

According to the National Pest Management Association, termite damage is expensive, causing Americans roughly five billion dollars per year for repair. As homeowners, it is a plight no one would want to be in as the stress termite invasion entails is more than the financial handicap; it affects people by adding up to the psychological strain of trying to figure out how to fight these insects gnawing in their homes. Arizona, being a tropical region, is considered a termite-prone zone and the ability to determine the presence of termite infestation in North Phoenix would help augment further damage in homes and in pockets.

  1. Soft, hollow sound in wood. Termites prefer to settle in dark, humid places. More often than not, homeowners only discover the presence of unwelcome guests once expansive damages have been incurred. Proprietors fail to notice the massive termite galleries as they are found within walls, and floorboards. A classic way of diagnosing termite infestation problems in houses is with the use of a screwdriver handle. Tapping on any suspected infested wood fixture, a good lumber would produce hard and firm sound; whereas infected wood would produce hollow sounds and oftentimes the wood breaks leading to the big reveal.
  2. Cracked, distorted paint on furniture. Detecting changes in wooden furniture paint is another sign of termite infestation. Termites forage their way in wood, not over it. It is not uncommon for termites to devour wood right until they reach the surface of the paint. When the time comes that the wood underneath it has been thoroughly destroyed the coating becomes compromised.
  3. Mud tubes or Mud Leads. Subterranean termites make their way from their colonies to sources of wood by forming earthen tubes. These tubes are made of tiny pieces of soil, wood, and debris which serves the purpose of protection from predators and retention of moisture. They are often found on bricks walls, concrete walls or slabs when they find a hard time to burrow their way to sources of wood.
  4. Swarms of winged insects or Discarded insect wings. Swarmers are from mature colonies that leave their nest to form new colonies once or twice a year. Before moving out, they shed their wings. Discarded wings on windowsills and doors are taken as a warning sign of infestation but often overlooked by homeowners because they are typically transient and occur in different times of day.
  5. TermitesFrass. Frass are drywood termite excreta from the consumption of wood. They resemble saw dusts which eventually forms tiny fecal mounds on window sills or floors indicative of termite infestation within the vicinity.
  6. Termite Mounds or Arborial Nests. Colonies form mounds of soil above ground and on trees they thrive on, hence their presence would mean that homes nearby are usually under the threat of infestation.

Termites are perennial in tropical regions like Arizona. Consequently, it is important that settlers do proper and thorough inspection in their homes in order to for them to deal with the threat of invasion. It is also important to know what to do once you discover the presence of termite colonies, but that would necessitate another blog post.

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Glendale, AZ 85310

Office: 602-264-3648

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Mesa, AZ 85206

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