Winter Termite Tips

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Are termites active in the winter in Phoenix AZ?

The subterranean termite is very prevalent in Phoenix. Generally, cooler winter temperatures mean termites stay well below ground, but yes it’s possible that termites may still cause damage in the winter months. Termites can stay active and continue to do damage even in the winter here in Phoenix because of the relatively warm temperatures. Termite control and treatment is done year round in Phoenix. Here are some of the most visible signs that termites might be active around your home in the winter, as well as some suggestions for termite control in and around your home.

Signs of Winter Termite Activity

1. Mud Tubes

Because termites prefer warmer temperatures, they are usually driven underground during winter months. However, if you have termites inside your home where temperatures are warmer, they may be active all winter long. Mud tubes are the main sign that subterranean termites, the termites most common in Arizona, are in or around your home. Mud tubes offer moisture to subterranean termites as they search for food. If you notice mud tubes along the foundation of your house or inside your home, such as inside cabinets, then you should call a reputable pest control company to treat your home for termites.

2. Small Holes in Walls

If you begin to notice small holes in your wall, this is another sign of termite damage. Termites consume wood at a rapid pace, so it is possible that you will start to notice damage to your drywall if termites are present. Generally, however, termites prefer to eat the inside of hollow structures or walls, remaining hidden from view. Unfortunately, by the time most termite damage is visible, significant structural damage has already occurred. Because of the rate at which termites work, preventative termite treatments are the best way to ensure that your home is pest free and protected from termite damage.

3. Piles of Sawdust

Similar to small holes in your wall, piles of sawdust are another sign that you have a termite infestation in or around your home. These will begin to show up in your home after termites have already taken up residence, meaning that it’s possible that significant termite damage has already occurred by the time you notice these visible signs of termite presence in your home.

4. Other Signs of Termite Damage

There a few more tell-tale signs of termite infestation to look for in your home. You might notice “ripples” in your wall, which can be a sign of an infestation. If you notice that your wood floors are starting to sag or buckle, or if you hear faint movement inside your walls, you should contact a pest control company for a termite inspection.

Arizona Winter Termite Prevention

Due to the fact that subterranean termites live underground and are rarely seen, by the time that termite damage begins to show up inside homes significant structural damage may already have occurred. Because termites are a prevalent pest in Arizona, it’s a good idea to make preventative termite control a part of your routine home maintenance. All new homes in Phoenix AZ are pretreated with a termite barrier. This barrier is guaranteed for up to five years, but sometimes that’s not enough. Regular service by a termite exterminator will help. A termite inspector will inspect your home for signs of termite damage and will simultaneously treat your home to prevent a termite infestation. Beyond having a professional termite inspection and preventative treatment applied, there are a few things you can do to help keep termites away from your home.

Because termites travel along the ground looking for sources of food, any source of wood that is at ground level is an attraction for termites. For example, siding on homes that comes to ground level is an invitation for termites. Firewood that is stacked next to your home is also enticing to termites, so any firewood should be stored far from your home and off the ground. Similarly, wood mulch is an attractant for termites, providing them with moisture and shelter near your foundation.

The most important thing you can do beyond preventative termite treatment is to be vigilant and keep an eye out for destructive termites before they become an issue. If you have any questions or concerns about termite treatment or signs of termite damage, give us a call.

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