How to End Termites Before Infestation Starts | Good morning Arizona

PHOENIX (3TV / CBS 5) – It’s spring training, spring break, and apparently it’s the perfect time of year for termites. The critters bring out warmer temperatures. And while Arizona is termite season at any time of the year, people are more likely to notice these pests around spring training and baseball seasons. There is a reason for that!

March through November are the hottest months and this can really bring out these little guys. As temperatures get warmer, reproductive termites swarm from an existing colony to create a new one in a different location.

These typical swarms are often the first time a homeowner becomes aware of a possible infestation.

“Many homeowners believe that termites don’t exist just because they can’t see them. This is not the case, however, as termites are most often present in a house before they begin to swarm, ”says Arrow pest expert Charlie Jones. “As soon as a termite infestation sets in, the damage can occur very quickly,” he adds.

To make sure you don’t cook these little guys a gourmet feast at your home, we joined Dan Mengelkamp and Arrow Exterminators, a Phoenix pest and termite control company, for a routine termite inspection at a house in northern Phoenix. He explains that the first step as a homeowner is to be proactive and learn as much as you can about this destructive pest. “Termites are some of the most devastating intruders a homeowner could ever encounter,” he tells us.

“Every year they invade millions of homes and cause billions in property damage.” He then surprises us with the baffling fact that “termites do more damage to homes than fires and storms combined”. And just when you think you’ve heard the worst, there’s more. “The damage is seldom covered by home insurance,” he explains. “Termite damage is considered avoidable through proper house maintenance and termite protection.”

There are early warning signs to look out for, he says, and homeowners should be careful.

“If you start to notice thin, papery wings around or on window sills and floors, it could be a sign of a termite infestation.” He also says you should look for mud pipes on the outside of your house and walls. “Mud pipes are built by termites to connect them to their food source from the ground.” Distorted, “bloated” or cracked paint can also be an indicator. He also says that around your property you should look for hollow sounding wood, which could also be a sign, along with “frass” or termite droppings, which is a sign of dry wood termites. And if you take a closer look, the poop feels hard and grainy.

To help prevent a termite infestation this spring, Arrow Exterminators offers these eight tips:

1. Eliminate moisture from foundations. Drain water from the house by using suitable downspouts and gutters as termites are attracted to moisture.

2. Do not stack firewood or lumber near the house. Termites can bury themselves in the pile of wood and then directly into the house.

3. Remove old stumps in the garden.

4. Keep branches and shrubs well cut and away from the house. This also helps with inspections and finding termite infestations.

5. Avoid excessive piles of mulch as this is a popular source of food for termites.

6. Reduce the humidity in crawl spaces with adequate ventilation.

7. Have your home inspected annually by a licensed pest controller who specializes in termite control.

8. If you have termite protection, it is important to maintain your protection and renew it annually.

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