Termite Control Phoenix, AZ

Termite control is a top concern for Phoenix homeowners for good reason. Termites are very prevalent throughout the Phoenix area. The most common termite is the Heterotermes aureus, or the desert subterranean termite, which is also the most destructive Arizona termite. If termites are found in your home, prompt control measures from a qualified termite company are the most effective way to avoid the severe structural damage these invasive pests cause.

Desert subterranean termites are so common in Arizona that all new construction homes in the Phoenix area are required to receive a soil “pretreatment” prior to pouring the concrete foundation as preventative control. These termite pretreatments protect the home from the desert subterranean termite, but generally only have a 3-year warranty. To protect your home, it’s important to hmaintain regular inspections and treatment for termites.

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How to Keep Your Home Protected from Termites

“It’s not if, but when” is a phrase commonly used to describe whether a home will get termites in Arizona. Oftentimes people are not aware of the prevalence of termites here. It’s important to know and evaluate the factors that affect the protection of your home. Bluesky Pest is a trusted termite company serving the Phoenix area with inspections and treatments to control and eliminate termites.

Over time, the initial pretreatment barrier breaks down, leaving your home defenseless against these destructive termites. The time it takes for the treatment zone to break down depends on a number of factors, including:

  • Conducive conditions, e.g. water leaks, faucet drips, wood to earth contact, poor home construction
  • Type of product used for the pretreatment
  • Quality of the pretreatment
  • Type of soil on which the home was built, e.g. farmland, virgin desert, grove
  • Passage of time
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What are the Signs of Termite Activity

The desert subterranean termite creates colonies numbering up to 300,000 termites in the soil around homes. These colonies feature “mud tubes” that allow the termites to access cellulose (i.e. wood). These light brown mud tubes can at times be seen along the concrete foundation stem wall, and are the width of a drinking straw. Termites can access the home through these mud tubes behind walls and through cracks in the foundation, which often allows them to forage undetected for years.

A termite inspection is the best way to identify any signs of termite activity. Regular inspections followed by prompt treatments are proven to be the most effective method for the control and extermination of desert subterranean termites, even in places where they cannot be seen.

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What is the Most Effective Way to Control Termites?

The most effective preventative and corrective treatment approach for the desert subterranean termite is to treat the soil around the home.

Blue Sky Pest Control Company uses Termidor, one of the most effective products for liquid termite control treatments. Termidor is an advanced non-repellent, meaning it is an undetectable liquid that termites cannot see, smell or taste and is used to treat the foundation of the home and areas inside the home where the termites are entering the home.

Since the desert subterranean termite is so common throughout the area, periodically reestablishing this treatment zone is recommended as the primary defense to protect your home against a current infestation and for proactive prevention. Blue Sky Pest Control’s termite treatments are effective in treating termite problems while also being pet, family and environmentally friendly.

Three Steps to Controlling Termites

  1. A shallow trench is dug around the home using our specialized equipment.
  2. A “non-repellant” product is placed in the trench at the correct depth with a rodding tool. We use Termidor, the most effective “non-repellant” product. Termidor does not alert the termite that it is walking through the product, so the termites unknowingly transfer it back to the rest of the termites, which eliminates the colony.
  3. After the treatment, the soil is placed back into the trench. The protective barrier will remain effective for up to several years depending on the scope of the treatment.
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What to Expect During a Termite Inspection and Treatment

We inspect your home. A licensed Blue Sky termite inspector performs a thorough termite inspection, which determines the available and appropriate treatment option(s). The inspector will ask a few questions to make sure they are familiar with your situation and any specific requests that you have:

  • Have you seen any termite activity at your own home?
  • If you have seen termites, where is the activity?
  • Are you aware of any termite activity at your neighbors’ homes?

The scope of control is determined during the inspection and includes identifying the size of the infestation, the size of the area that requires treatment, the type of landscaping and hardscape around a home and other factors. Once the inspection is completed, the Blue Sky inspector will provide a proposal that will include a detailed sketch that outlines the treatment area, the product to be used and the cost investment for the termite treatment. The inspector will also let you know of any conditions conducive to termite activity that must be addressed prior to treatment.

We treat your home. On the day of treatment, an Arizona licensed Blue Sky termite technician arrives within the specified treatment time. The technician has a copy of the detailed sketch provided to you by the inspector. They will introduce themselves to you upon his or her arrival, answering any questions you may have prior to beginning the treatment. Blue Sky is known for the quality of its service technicians. Great care is taken to ensure the treatment area is left clean and orderly. You can also be confident that the treatment is performed in line with Blue Sky best practices and our commitment to excellent work.

We guarantee protection. After the termite treatment is complete, you are protected under Blue Sky’s treatment protection guarantee. This means that if at any time during the protection period you have a re-occurrence of termite activity, we will return immediately to treat your home—at no additional charge. The length of the protection period is determined by the scope of treatment performed.

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