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 termite in Arizona. If you find termites in your home, taking prompt control measures from a qualified termite company is the best way to avoid the severe structural damage these invasive pests will 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. The termite pretreatments on new homes protect them from the desert subterranean termite, but generally, only have a 3-year warranty. To ensure long-lasting protection of your home, it’s important to maintain regular inspections and treatment for termites. We have offices in Phoenix and Gilbert and we serve the entire area including Mesa and Scottsdale.

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Protecting Your Home 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. The trained professionals are experts in termite control and highly qualified to assess and perform termite inspections and control measures to safeguard your home.

Over time, the initial pretreatment barrier breaks down, leaving your home without a barrier against the 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

In our video, we discuss some of the best practices to assure you keep your home protected, review common signs of termites, cover our methods of treatment, and go over the factors that affect the costs of a termite treatment plan.

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How to Identify 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.

An effective termite barrier is the primary defense.

  1. A shallow trench is dug around the home using our specialized equipment.
  2. A “non-repellent” product is placed in the trench at the correct depth with a rodding tool. We use Termidor, the most effective “non-repellent” 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.

What Are the Steps in Termite 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.

If you have specific questions about termite control or if you would like to schedule a free no-obligation termite inspection call (480) 635-8492.

Why Choose Blue Sky Pest Control?

We’ve provided exceptional pest control services in Phoenix and throughout the surrounding area for over 15 years. You don’t have to take our word for it, though! Just take a look at our client testimonials, our BB accreditation, and the awards we’ve received for our outstanding pest control services.
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