Many of Nature’s greatest feats of construction are accomplished by some of the smallest and least conspicuous insects. Normally measuring less than half an inch in length, the termites that inhabit parts of Africa, Australia, and South America are capable of building giant mounds that are surprisingly well developed and ventilated. Some can be over 90 feet wide, whereas others are aligned in a North-South direction. Here in Arizona, these inconspicuous creepy crawlies are famous, not for what they build, but for what they can destroy. Because their only diet consists of the cellulose found in wood, they can inflict serious structural damage on homes and other buildings, costing Americans over 5 billion dollars in damages each year. Working nonstop, they live in large colonies and never sleep. Relentlessly, they can eat away the interior of walls and ceilings, and if able to find a source of moisture inside the house, can continue their destruction without having to return to the soil. Though they are rarely seen above ground, their presence can still be detected by any hollow sound or feeling in walls, bubbling or cracked paint, or the small mud tubes they occasionally leave behind. Known as the silent destroyers, they can cause serious damage before they are discovered, and if spotted should be treated immediately.
Termites can enter a house through cracks in the foundation, unguarded drains, and any exposed wood in direct contact with the ground. America is home to roughly 45 different species of termites arranged in three major categories; subterranean, dampwood, and drywood. As their name implies, subterranean termites live underground and can enter homes through exposed wood touching the soil. Dampwood termites prefer to build their colonies in decaying wood and are often found in dead trees and woodpiles. Drywood termites can travel a mile in search of shelter, and because they require less moisture than their counterparts, can easily infest the dry wood in attics, furniture, utility poles, and fences. In order to address a termite problem, we will, after an inspection to determine the source and scope of an infestation, implement Termidoror Dry Foam chemical treatments. Due to the warm climate here in Arizona, termites can be active year-round; therefore, a consistent maintenance plan may be necessary to keep them at bay. Even if you have not yet experienced a termite infestation, it would be advisable to protect your home by implementing preventative treatments along with repairing any leaks or cracks and removing exposed wood from the base of your house.
We also provide treatment plans for other potential causes of wood damage such as carpenter ants, carpenter bees, and woodrot.