Termites

What is a Termite?

Termites are small, winged insects that live in colonies underground. They feed on wood and other plant materials and can cause severe damage to buildings and other structures if left unchecked. There are several species of termites, but the most common in the United States is the Eastern subterranean termite.

Termites are often mistaken for ants, but the two have several key differences. Termites have straight antennae, while ants have elbowed antennae. Termites also have a uniform body shape, while ants have a narrow waist. Finally, termites’ wings are all the same size, while ant wings are different (the front wings are more significant than the back wings).

If you think you may have a termite problem, it is essential to contact Horn Pest Management for an inspection and treatment. Do not try to treat the problem yourself, as this can often make things worse.

Different Termites in Arizona

There are several different types of termites in Arizona. The most common is the desert subterranean termite, which is found throughout the state. Other common types include drywood termite, dampwood termite, and Formosan termite.

Subterranean Termite

The desert subterranean termite is the most common type of termite in Arizona. These termites live in underground colonies and feed on wood and other plant materials. If left unchecked, they can cause severe damage to buildings and other structures.

Subterranean Termites are by far the most prolific and can be found all over Arizona. Living in massive colonies, this termite constantly searches for new food sources. Once a colony locates a suitable food source, they begin to inflict significant damage to the wood and drywall with their voracious appetites.

Drywood Termite

The drywood termite is another common type of termite in Arizona. These termites live in dry, wooded areas and feed on dead or dying trees. If left unchecked, they can cause damage to buildings and other structures.

Since they are not as dependent on moisture as their subterranean cousins, most of their life is spent inside the wood they infest and devour. This termite tends to consume wood at a slower rate, but this does not mean that they do not pose a severe threat to the structural integrity of your home. The presence of this particular pest often goes undetected for long periods. They multiply and spread throughout and in all the wooden components of your home. The Drywood termite, as it digests, extracts every bit of moisture present in the wood it is eating. Believe it. Dry wood provides enough liquid for a termite to survive with no other water source. After this process, a small pellet with slight grooves on its sides remains. When enough of these pellets accumulate in the cavities these termites create, the overflow becomes an obvious and accurate indicator that this is the species of termite with which you are contending.

Dampwood Termite

The dampwood termite is another common type of termite in Arizona. These termites live in damp, wooded areas and feed on dead or dying trees. If left unchecked, they can cause damage to buildings and other structures. However, unlike most termite species, dampwood termites in Arizona infest living trees, especially citrus trees. In addition, some studies show that dampwood termites can facilitate the spread of fungal decay to new wood sources.

Formosan Termite

The Formosan termite is another common type of termite in Arizona. These termites were initially from China and were introduced to the United States through military ships during World War II. They live in underground colonies and feed on wood and other plant materials. If left unchecked, they can cause severe damage to buildings and other structures.

The best way to prevent termite damage is to have your home or business regularly inspected by a qualified pest management professional. If you have termites, treating the problem as quickly as possible is essential to minimize the damage.

If you think you may have a termite problem, contact Horn Pest Management today for a free inspection. We will help you identify the type of termite and recommend the best course of treatment. Call us today at (520) 885-8603.

How do they get into your home?

Usually, termites enter a home or building through cracks in the foundation or tunneling up the foundation. Once they’re inside, subterranean termites will go back and forth from their colonies in the ground and their food source, your home.

Signs of a termite problem

There are several signs that you may have a termite problem:
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Mud tubes on the exterior of your home or business
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Swarms of winged insects around your property
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Cracks in paint or wood that resemble blisters
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Hollow sounding wood when tapped
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Visible wings or carcasses near windows or doors
If you see any of these signs, you must contact a pest management professional immediately. Termites can cause a lot of damage to a home or business if left untreated, so taking action as soon as possible is essential.

Horn Pest Management offers free inspections to homeowners and business owners in Arizona. We will come to your property and identify the type of termite you have and recommend the best course of treatment. Call us at (520) 885-8603 to schedule your free inspection.

Damage caused by termites

Termites can cause a lot of damage to buildings and other structures. This is because they eat away at the wood, weakening the structure and making it more susceptible to collapse. In addition, termites can also spread diseases and parasites, harming humans and animals.

Termites vs. Ants

One of the most common questions is, “What’s the difference between termites and ants?” Here are some of the key differences:
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Termites eat wood, while ants eat other insects.
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Termites have long, white bodies, while ants have shorter, darker bodies.
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Termites have wings, while ants do not.
If you’re unsure whether you have termites or ants, the best way to find out is to contact a pest management professional. They will be able to identify the type of insect and recommend the best course of treatment.

Horn Pest Management offers free inspections to homeowners and business owners in Arizona. We will come to your property and identify the type of insect you have and recommend the best course of treatment. Call us at (520) 885-8603 to schedule your free inspection.

Treatment options

There are several treatment options available for termites. The type of treatment that is best for your home or business will depend on the severity of the infestation and the type of termite you have. Some of the most common treatment options include:
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Liquid pesticides – This is one of the most common treatment methods for subterranean termites. A pest management professional will apply a liquid pesticide to the affected area. The termites will then carry the pesticide back to their nest, which will kill the entire colony.

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Bait systems – A bait system is a device placed in the ground around your home or business. The bait is consumed and transferred throughout the colony when the termites feed each other.

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Fumigation – This is a treatment method is used for drywood termite infestations. A pest management professional will place a tent over your home or business and pump it full of gaseous termiticide. This will kill the termites, as well as any other insects that are inside the structure.

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Hiring Horn Pest Management
If you have a termite problem, you must contact a pest management professional immediately. They will be able to identify the type of termite you have and recommend the best course of treatment.

Horn Pest Management offers free inspections to homeowners and business owners in Arizona. We will come to your property and identify the type of termite you have and recommend the best course of treatment. Call us at (520) 885-8603 to schedule your free inspection.

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