As you may already know, termites are one of the most common pests in the state of Arizona. The categories that we are mainly concerned with as pests are “drywood termites” and “subterranean termites”.
In Arizona, there are two varieties that we usually deal with: “Hagen” termites and “Banks” termites. As their name implies, they usually take up residence in dry wood -like the wood used as structure for most homes. An easy way of identifying them is the presence of hard, dry fecal pellets that are typically found in piles. Infestations are often found around doors and windowsills.
Unlike drywood termites, the subterranean termites burrow underground and rely on contact with soil as a source of moisture. Once they run out of a food supply, it is not unusual for them to seek other sources that include dead wood, whether currently in use by humans or not. There are three types with which the residents of Arizona should be concerned for the safety of their wooden structures: the “arid-land” subterranean termite, the “desert” subterranean termite and the “tube-building” subterranean termite. Most common and most destructive is the “desert subterranean termite” for its reputation of attacking not only dry wood, but occasionally living trees as well!
Although termites are not known for their bite, the structural damage to your home or business is the main reason these little bugs cause so much grief. If you think that you have an infestation, do not hesitate to give us a call today!
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