Termite Control Near me
Termites never stop working; they are constantly eating, tunneling, and growing their colony 24/7. When their nonstop work-life involves destroying your property, the situation becomes increasingly serious. Time is of the essence whenever termites are involved. The longer you wait, the further their colony expands, and the damage to your home increases. When you need termite and other pest control services you can rely on, trust the professionals at Anteater Exterminating Inc.
Our team uses the most effective pest control techniques to combat termite problems on multiple fronts. Our technicians are always training as new methods, treatment solutions, and equipment becomes available. When it comes to termite control, Phoenix homeowners shouldn’t take any chances.
Our treatments start with a comprehensive inspection. From the minute our technicians arrive, we begin looking for signs and symptoms. We identify the termite species, colony size, and damage to the home. We’ll ask you where you’ve seen activity to create an evidence log that documents our findings. All of this creates precise termite control that Phoenix homeowners can trust.
We map your termite problem and identify critical areas. A diagrammatic description is a map of your property that identifies vital information. It helps us to track termite activity, identify entry points, damage, and movement. Doing this allows our technicians to provide the most precise termite control. We understand what effects treatments have on different species and always use the most efficient control methods.
Our technicians create a custom termite management plan. We make plans for specific properties and infestations. One size does not fit all when it comes to termite control. Depending on your needs, termite species, and infestation severity, we’ll use multiple methods for complete control.
Termites are resilient and not attracted to any known pheromone solutions. Manual inspection is required. Termites leave many clues behind. Look for these indicators, and contact us at the first sign of an infestation.
Droppings – These are found throughout a nesting site, often near tunnels. They are pellet-shaped and frequently smell like mildew.
Mud Tubes – Many termites need to be moist. To remain this way, they create networks of mud tubes that may appear on floors, ceilings, and walls.
Entry Point – These termites aren’t found as frequently in Phoenix as subterranean species. They often hitchhike into homes in antique furniture.
Signs – Look for cracking and blistering in the veneer around your home. Tap on the wood and listen for a hollow sound. Look for red to brown pellets with six sides. These are all Drywood termite indicators, and you should avoid the piece.
Wood Damage – When they need termite control, residents will frequently find wood damage. Damage often appears in a honeycomb-like pattern.
Buckling – Walls and ceilings may begin to buckle or bulge outward as the insects compromise the integrity of your property.
Water Damage – It is easier for termites to tunnel through moist wood beams. If discovered, this should be repaired immediately, and property owners should be vigilant for termite signs.
The most effective treatment to control subterranean termites in Phoenix is to do a conventional treatment. Anteater Exterminating Inc. uses Termidor SC® predominantly. This product is by far the most effective when treating for subterranean termites. Extermination often involves raking your landscaped material and then creating a trench to fill with bait. Sometimes we have to drill into your porch slabs or the wall. Whenever we do this, our team takes special care to leave the property looking as good as we found it.
Depending on the type of construction of your home, we may need to perform a combination of various other treatments. For this reason, it is essential to have a visual termite inspection to determine the type of construction, the extent of the infestation, and to plan for the correct method of treatment.
Post-tension construction slabs are a standard building material in Arizona. These slabs do not have any interior cracks through which the termites can gain access to your home. It is never recommended to drill into post-tension slabs because it would damage your home’s structural integrity. This reason and many others are why you should only trust professional exterminators like the team at Anteater Exterminating Inc.
Warrantied Termite Control
Termite and pest control services don’t do any good if you can’t rely on them. That’s why Anteater Exterminating Inc. backs our termite control services with a 5-year warranty. You shouldn’t have to worry about termites coming back. You should be confident that they won’t.
What you can expect from us:
- Get warrantied insect control that covers you against termite infestation recurrences.
- Anteater Exterminating utilizes best in business termite prevention strategies and practices.
- We use customized termite treatment options designed for your property and infestation.
- Our exterminators are trained and certified to perform full termite inspections.
- We offer competitive and affordable termite control costs.
- Our pest technicians in Scottsdale use the most advanced control solutions.
At Anteater Exterminating Inc., we warranty many of our termite control plans for up to 5 years. We believe in our termite control so much, we guarantee it. When you want an experienced local termite and pest control company in Phoenix that creates a tailored treatment to eliminate your infestation, call or contact us today.
What Do Termites Look Like?
Subterranean Desert Termite Features: Swarmers measure roughly 3/8th inches long. They are pale yellow to brown. Their wings each have two veins running through the front. Soldiers have thin and long mandibles.
Arid-Land Subterranean Termite Differences: Swarmers are roughly 1/3 of an inch long. They have white wings with brown veins throughout. Body colors range from brown to black. Soldiers have thicker jaws than their desert cousins.
Western Dry Wood Termites Features: Swarmers are typically 1/2″ inches in length. They have brown abdomens and orange/brown heads and pronotum. There are 3 dark veins in the front wing. Soldiers are most easily identified by their antennae. These will have large endings that look like clubs.
How to get rid of termites?
The treatment of subterranean termites in the Phoenix metropolitan area should always be done by a professional. The structure should be inspected, a detailed diagrammatic description should be made, and then a treatment plan can be properly prescribed.
Treatment may involve raking back your landscaped material, digging a small trench along the foundation of your home, and then filling the trench full of Termidor SC® at 4 gallons per 10 linear feet. As the soil is put back into the trench, it must be mixed into the Termidor SC®. The landscaping can then be graded to its original placement.
Anteater Exterminating, Inc. may have to drill through attached porch slabs and inject the material underneath the slab to obtain 4 gallons per 10 linear feet. The drill holes are patched after treatment. It may also be necessary to drill through the garage slab and utilize the same process as on the concrete porch slabs.
Additionally, termites may enter a home through cracks that can exist where the interior floor slab meets the inside of the stem wall, along with where conduits penetrate the slabs or cracks that may have formed through the stress on the floors slab. These areas may need to be addressed if there are active termites found on the interior of your home.
Recently, newer products have been introduced to the market that has given us other tools in our toolbox that we can use to combat subterranean termites. One of these materials is known as Termidor Dry®, and it has the advantage of the Termidor Transfer Effect®. It can be applied directly to termite areas of activity inside different wood components that comprise your home.
What Do Termites Eat?
The Hetro Termites are a neighborhood problem. They always feed on multiple food supply sources: your house, the neighbor’s house, dead tree roots, woodpiles, whatever source they can find, they actively pursue for nutrition. Subterranean termites consume the wood components that make up your house. The subterranean termites take the wood back down into their colony; they feed the reproductives, feed the larva, and interact socially.
Where Do Termites Live?
Termites in Arizona are an enormous problem. In the Phoenix metro area, the main species of termite that we deal with is known as the Hetrotermes. Hetrotermes have a primary king and queen; they also have supplemental kings and queens. The king and queen are in a primary colony. There are supplemental kings and queens in supplemental colonies. The primary and supplemental colonies are networked together. This network of termites is subterranean. They are typically a few feet and can be up to a few stories deep in the soil. The subterranean colonies are always spread out over a few feet and can spread to more than 150 feet.
Termites live a cryptobiotic life, which is a hidden life. For every area where they have visibly manifested, the assumption can be made that many more areas are infested that you cannot see. This hidden lifestyle allows subterranean termites to enter structures and damage structures without you ever, even knowing. An analogy I commonly use is that termites are like a cancer of the house; they eat it from the inside out. The damage that they do can be significant. It is a fact that termites cause more annual damage than fires, storms, tornadoes, and hurricanes combined.
Termites can enter a home through cracks around the foundation or in the flooring and around conduit that penetrates the slab. Once you have evidence or visible signs of termites, it is evidence that we call “presumptive of an underlying infestation.”