6 Tips to Prevent a Subterranean Termite Infestation
As the scorching Arizona summer winds down, the peak of subterranean termite season is just around the corner. These tiny but destructive pests can wreak havoc on homes, causing significant structural damage and financial headaches for homeowners. At Bill’s Home Service Company, we understand the importance of protecting your property from these relentless invaders.
About Subterranean Termites
Subterranean termites are social insects that live in large colonies beneath the ground. These colonies are made up of three primary castes: workers, soldiers, and reproductive termites. The workers are responsible for feeding and caring for the colony, while the soldiers defend it from potential threats. Reproductive termites are responsible for growing the colony and eventually creating new colonies.
Subterranean termites pose a particular threat to homeowners because they build mud tubes to travel from their underground nests to sources of food, such as wood inside your home or other cellulose-rich materials. Their silent nature makes them difficult to detect until the damage is already extensive.
Preventing Subterranean Termites
1. Schedule Regular Inspections: Prevention is key when it comes to termites. Consider having a professional termite inspection by Bill’s Home Service at least once a year—preferably before the peak season begins. Early detection can save you from costly repairs down the road.
2. Eliminate Moisture: Subterranean termites thrive in moist environments. Make sure to address any leaky pipes, excessive irrigation near the home, or areas where water accumulates around your home.
3. Remove Wood-to-Ground Contact: Avoid direct contact between soil and wood in and around your home. Termites use soil as a bridge to access the wood, so ensure that any wood siding, lumber, or patio posts are elevated and away from the ground.
4. Store Firewood Away: If you store firewood, keep it at least 20 feet away from your home and preferably elevated off the ground. This reduces the risk of termites finding their way from the firewood to your house.
5. Maintain Landscaping: Trim trees and shrubs regularly to prevent branches from touching your home’s exterior. Overgrown vegetation can create easy access points for termites to enter your property.
6. Seek Professional Termite Treatment: If you suspect termite activity or have a history of termite infestation, don’t hesitate to contact Bill’s Home Service for professional termite treatment. Our experienced technicians can apply effective and safe treatments to eliminate existing infestations and protect your home from future attacks.
Protecting your home from the destructive powers of subterranean termites is essential, especially during their peak season in September and October. By taking preventive measures and seeking help from a licensed professional like Bill’s Home Service, you can rest assured that your property is shielded from these silent invaders. Remember, early detection and prompt action are crucial in mitigating the potential damage caused by termites. Let us help you safeguard your home and maintain peace of mind throughout the termite season and beyond by calling (520) 625-2381 or visiting www.BillsHomeService.com.