Wondering how to tackle Tucson termites?
Termites, also known as “white ants” are actually closer related to cockroaches than they are the ant family. They typically hang out in groups called colonies. There are roughly 3,000 different species of termites, yet only 300 or so are considered pests. Among those 300 are the two types of termites found in Tucson, know as Subterranean and Drywood termites. Here, we interview local Tucson professionals, DSR Pest Management for tips.
Here’s what residents need to know to detect, deter and destroy termites eating them out of house and home – literally!
What are Subterranean termites?
Subterranean termites are, by far, one of the most destructive termite species. With their strong jaws adapted for chewing wood, they are able to demolish entire structures over time. This is a terrible and costly inconvenience to our local Tucson residents.
How does a resident know they have Subterranean termites in their home?
When conducting a preliminary search of your home for the presence of Subterranean termites, you’ll first want to look at the home itself.
You may notice wooden structures, like porch beams externally, or wooden support beams internally, that literally look as if chunks have been bitten off over time.
Rather than sporadic holes, it is likely that the damage will be isolated and increase outbound from there. They prefer softer parts of wood, like that between the grains.
Because Subterranean termites live in underground colonies, they rely on mud tubes to make their way from food to nest. It is unlikely you will see them at work.
Naturally, due to our Arizona climate, your best bet is to visit moist, secluded areas above ground to catch a glimpse of these Tucson termites. Also, look for mud tubes along the outside of your property.
What do Subterranean termites look like?
Should you actually find a Subterranean termite mid-munch, you will witness a six-legged insect about 1/8 inch long. They vary from creamy-white to dark brown or black-in-color. They sport long, narrow bodies and usually have an oval-shaped head, complete with wood-demolishing pinchers.
How do Subterranean termites differ from Drywood Termites?
While Subterranean termites have a reputation for being one of the worst pests around, Drywood termites can cause similar amounts of damage and with ease of access as well.
Where Subterranean termites utilize mud tubes for access, Drywood termites are air-borne bugs. Not only can they fly onto your property easily but they can also nest inside the wood. This makes their dwelling and demolition the same location.
Drywood termites create ‟kick-out” holes to push their excrement through the wood. These open areas in wood are common signs of invasion.
In addition, the tiny grains that pile up in small mounds on floors can also be a sign of their residence.
What do Drywood Termites look like?
Larger than their Subterranean cousins, Drywood termites boast a body length of about 3/8 to 1 inch in length. Their bodies are similarly a variant between creamy-white to dark brown or black-in-color with the same long, narrow and oval-like thorax.
Because of their airborne abilities, they have large wings that cover their abdomen, and sometimes, the shedding of these very wings are the only trace they leave behind, as proof of their presence.
How do Tucson homeowners prevent termites from entering their homes?
As Pest Management professionals in the industry since 2001, we recommend the following preventative and responsive measures for both deterrence and destruction of these home-hungry invaders.
- Ensure all paint on outside of home is maintained and not exposing wood.
- Ensure wood does not come in contact with soil or shrubbery.
- Stack firewood on a cement base and if the wood is infested, pour soapy water on it or burn the wood as soon as possible.
- Repair any cracks in concrete or masonry right away.
- Cut trees that overhang your roof area.
- Call in the specialists. Local professionals like us have a strong, working knowledge of what to look for and how rid your house of termites.
Simply visit our website to schedule an easy inspection and complimentary consultation on how best to tackle Tucson termites in and around your home.