Four Signs Your Phoenix Home May Have Termites
March 15, 2021
You do not have to be paranoid to be concerned about termites eating away at your home. These invasive pests are common here in Phoenix and regularly destroy homes behind homeowners’ backs. But how are termites able to deal so much damage, are they difficult to spot, and are there warning signs homeowners can use to identify these pests early? We have your answers to these questions, along with four signs to know if your Phoenix home has a termite infestation.
Termite Sign Number One: Mud Tubes
There are a few different species of termites that live in our area, but the most common by far is the subterranean termite. This pest, as its name suggests, lives underground and uses tunnels to travel to sources of gatherable wood. One of the reasons this pest stays underground is to maintain moisture levels so that their skin does not dry out. This is why they create mud tubes when looking to scale the exterior of a home.
Use these pencil-sized tubes to know if termites are crawling in and out of your home’s wood. One thing we should mention, however, is that mud tubes are not always needed for termites to invade a home. If your home’s structural wood directly touches exterior soil or your home’s foundation has any cracks, termites can use that to safely climb upwards, and the creation of mud tubes might be unnecessary.
Termite Sign Number Two: Moisture Damage
As subterranean termites tunnel their way through a home, they bring moisture with them. They do this to keep themselves moist and soften the wood they are harvesting, but that is beside the point. What you need to know is that this moisture inside your home’s structural wood often leads to a variety of changes. Some of the most noticeable changes include sagging drywall, bubbling wallpaper/paint, overly squeaky floorboards, and tight-fitting doors and windows.
Termite Sign Number Three: Soft Clicking
As termite infestations become more severe, you will be able to hear them within your walls. Now, they aren’t as loud as mice who pitter-patter at all hours of this night, but the sound of their chewing is audible when you place your ear to a wall they are currently eating through. Some compare the sound termites make to that of soft clicking.
Termite Sign Number Four: More Noticeable Structural Damage
If termite damage gets to this point around your property, you won’t need this article to help you identify these pests. You will know they are around. Your walls will be buckling, and your home’s overall foundation will start to deteriorate.
5 Ways To Reduce Your Chances Of A Termite Infestation
- Repair structural wood around your home that is water-damaged, rotting, or decaying.
- Address moisture issues such as high humidity, water build-up, leaks, and broken gutters.
- Make sure soil isn’t directly touching your home’s wood.
- Store firewood and untreated lumber at least 30 feet from your home’s exterior.
- Invest in ongoing termite control.
Since termites are so difficult to identify, it is hard to tell if the DIY prevention you implement is working. To guarantee your home stays termite-free year-round, your best bet is to hire the professionals at Complete Pest & Management.
We will implement long-term termite elimination and monitoring systems around your property to make sure these wood-destroying pests are kept outdoors where they belong. Contact us today for more information about our detailed termite control plans and find one that best fits you and your Phoenix home’s needs.