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When to Get Termite Treatment

Did you know termite prevention is as important as treating an active termite infestation? Affordable Pest Control is always on the lookout for termites when you have routine pest control services performed, but it’s good to have a retreat every few years to make sure you don’t end up with a costly termite problem

So, when should you have a preventative termite treatment done?

When You Buy a New Home

When you purchase a new build home, the builder often has the home treated before selling and includes a short-term guarantee that you won’t have a termite problem, but after that term is up, it falls on the new homeowner. If you bought a resale home, it’s unlikely that the home has been treated for termites since the first time because, oftentimes, homeowners skip over termite treatments until they have an infestation. Homeowners basically cross their fingers and hope they don’t have a problem, and let’s be honest – termites aren’t top of mind until it’s an issue. This can be a big mistake and we’ve seen it first-hand.

Termites can cause a significant amount of damage before even being detected. We are talking thousands of dollars in damage and remediation costs. You can avoid all that by having preventative termite pest control done on your home every couple of years.

When You Install a Pool

If you’ve recently gone under contract for a pool or had one put in already, schedule your preventative termite service right away to reestablish the barrier. Termites are attracted to water and you’ve just invited them in. Termites tunnel underground and while they only consume wood, they will chew through expensive pool liners, PVC piping, and more, just to get to the new water source. If they don’t damage your new pool equipment, they may decide to move on to your home.

In The Spring

Although termites are active year-round, as the warm spring temperatures arrive, termites become more active and start looking for a mate, which means they’re about to multiply. This means existing colonies are going to grow exponentially and swarmers are going to be plentiful.

Swarmers are male and female termites and are the only ones that have wings. As warmer days arrive, the swarmers leave the colony to look for a mate. Once a male has found his mate, the pair breaks off its wings and begin to look for a nesting location, and more times than not, it’s in your home. Once they settle in, they begin nesting and mating, starting the process all over again. Moral of the story: if you are seeing winged termites around your home, you already have a big problem.

During Gardening Season

The main component of mulch is wood and what do termites eat? Wood! As springtime arrives, we begin planting fruits, vegetables, flowers, and trees. While delicious and beautiful, and a fun hobby, mulch is an attractive food source for termites. Before heading to the nursery, call Affordable Pest Control for a free inspection and preventative treatment. Be sure to keep mulch several inches away from your home’s foundation to prevent termites from easily burrowing straight into your home. If you notice any activity, you’ll want to get ahead of it by calling us right away.

Any Time You See Termites Or When Your Neighbor Has Termites

Termites can do a tremendous amount of damage in a short period of time. While the problem might look small, the damage can be out of sight and significant, and if your neighbor has a problem, it’s only a matter of time before you do. Our termite treatment is affordable and effective and should be completed every couple of years. A preventive termite service is just like going to the dentist annually. We go to prevent dental problems and save ourselves the time, money, and headache of dealing with a major issue down the road. Termite treatment is the same. Don’t wait until you have a costly termite problem on your hands to call us for an inspection and treatment.

Affordable Pest Control Treats Termites

We offer a free, no-obligation termite inspection. Whether you have an active infestation or want to prevent termites, we will be there for you. Now is the best time to schedule your free termite inspection. Give us a call at (480) 907-7913.

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Frequently Asked Termite Questions

Preventing a termite infestation in Arizona requires a combination of proactive measures and regular inspections by a professional pest control service. Here are some tips for preventing a termite infestation:

  • Keep wood away from your home: Avoid storing wood, mulch, or other cellulose-based materials near your home as they can attract termites.
  • Keep your home dry: Termites are attracted to moisture, so repair any leaks or water damage in your home and ensure proper drainage around the foundation.
  • Regularly inspect your home: Regularly inspect your home for any signs of termite activity, such as mud tubes, discarded wings, or wood damage.
  • Seal entry points: Seal any cracks or crevices in your home’s foundation, walls, or roof to prevent termites from entering.
  • Use termite-resistant materials: When building or renovating your home, consider using termite-resistant materials such as concrete or steel.
  • Schedule regular termite inspections: Even if you don’t see any signs of termite activity, it’s important to schedule regular inspections by a professional pest control service to detect any potential issues early.
  • Consider preventative treatments: Professional pest control services can provide preventative treatments such as soil treatments or bait stations to help prevent termite infestations before they occur.

By taking these preventative measures and working with a professional pest control service, you can help prevent a termite infestation in your Arizona home or business.

When APC is treating your home on a regular basis, our technicians have been trained to look for any signs of termite activity every time they are there. However, in addition to this, we recommend an annual inspection to be sure that a termite colony hasn’t started in an area that we don’t see on a regular basis.

Subterranean termites can be very serious and can cause significant damage to wooden structures if left untreated. Here are some reasons why subterranean termites are considered a serious pest:

  • They can cause extensive damage: Subterranean termites eat through wood from the inside out, causing significant damage to the structure of your home or building. They can cause thousands of dollars in damage if left untreated.
  • They are difficult to detect: Subterranean termites live underground and often enter buildings through hidden access points, making them difficult to detect until significant damage has already been done.
  • They can cause safety hazards: If subterranean termites damage the structural integrity of a building, it can create safety hazards for those inside, such as collapse or injury from falling objects.
  • They can impact property value: A termite infestation can significantly lower the value of your property if it is not treated and the damage is not repaired.
  • They can attract other pests: Subterranean termite infestations can attract other pests that feed on wood, such as carpenter ants or beetles, which can cause additional damage.

Overall, subterranean termites are a serious pest that should not be ignored. If you suspect you have a termite infestation, it’s important to contact a professional pest control service as soon as possible to inspect your property and determine the best course of action to prevent further damage.

If your neighbor has termites, it does increase the risk of termites spreading to your home or property. Termites are social insects and can move from one location to another, making it easy for them to spread from one property to another. Here are some reasons why your home may be at risk if your neighbor has termites:

  • Shared soil: Subterranean termites live underground and can move from one location to another through soil. If your home shares soil with your neighbor’s property, termites can easily move from their property to yours.
  • Close proximity: If your home is located in close proximity to your neighbor’s property, termites can move from their property to yours simply by crawling from one structure to another.
  • Infestation severity: If your neighbor’s property has a severe termite infestation, it increases the likelihood that termites will spread to your property.
  • Shared structures: If your home shares structures with your neighbor’s property, such as a common wall, roof, or foundation, it increases the risk of termite infestations spreading.

If you have concerns about termites in your area or if your neighbor has a known termite infestation, it’s important to schedule regular inspections by a professional pest control service to detect any potential issues early and take preventative measures to protect your property.

When APC does a termite treatment for you, the first step is an inspection. Once we inspect and measure the treatment area, we provide a proposal and diagram in writing. A treatment may include trenching soft soil and applying termiticide around the foundation of your home. It could also include a sub-slab termiticide injection in patios and porches. It may also include a wall foam treatment for interior areas.

The exact treatment plan will be determined once an inspection has been done. APC cannot provide a verbal quote for a termite treatment – an in-person inspection and measurement must be done.

Another important note is that APC only uses Termidor products for our termite treatments, which is well known as the best and most effective termiticide on the market.

Subterranean termites are a common problem in Phoenix, Arizona, and here are some warning signs to look out for:

  • Mud Tubes: Subterranean termites build mud tubes to protect themselves as they travel from their nest to their food source. These tubes are typically found near the foundation of a structure and can be a sign of an active termite infestation.
  • Swarmers: Subterranean termites will often swarm in the spring, usually after a rain. These swarmers are winged and will emerge from their nest in search of a mate and a new location to build a colony.
  • Wood Damage: Subterranean termites will eat through wood from the inside out, leaving a thin layer of wood or paint on the surface. If you tap or knock on an area of wood and it sounds hollow, it could be a sign of termite damage.
  • Sagging Floors or Ceilings: As subterranean termites eat through wooden structures, it can weaken them, causing floors or ceilings to sag or feel spongy.
  • Discarded Wings: After mating, subterranean termite swarmers will shed their wings. Finding discarded wings around windowsills, doorways, and other entry points can indicate a termite infestation.
  • Presence of Mud or Dirt in Crawlspace or Basement: If you have a crawlspace or basement, check for the presence of mud or dirt as it can indicate the presence of subterranean termites.

If you notice any of these warning signs, it’s important to contact a professional pest control service as soon as possible to inspect your property and determine the extent of the infestation. Early detection and treatment can help prevent further damage and save you time and money in the long run.

During a termite inspection, it is not always possible to find all termites, especially if they are hidden or have not yet caused visible damage. However, a professional pest control service will conduct a thorough inspection of your property to detect any potential termite activity and identify areas where termites are likely to be present.

The inspection will typically involve a visual examination of the exterior and interior of your home, including the foundation, walls, roof, and other areas where termites are likely to be found. The inspector may also use specialized equipment, such as moisture meters, infrared cameras, or borescopes, to detect hidden termite activity.

However, it’s important to note that even the most thorough termite inspection cannot guarantee that all termites have been detected. Subterranean termites, for example, can live underground and enter buildings through hidden access points, making them difficult to detect until significant damage has already been done.

If you suspect you have a termite infestation, it’s important to contact a professional pest control service as soon as possible to inspect your property and determine the best course of action to prevent further damage. Regular inspections by a professional can also help detect potential termite activity before it becomes a serious problem.

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