Do you need termite control services?
In Phoenix, Termite and other pest control services are an enormous issue and Anteater Exterminating Inc. are the local termite specialists. 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 termite network 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.
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Which termite species is responsible for the most damage?
The Hetro termite is a neighborhood problem. They always feed on multiple food supply sources: your house, the neighbor’s house, dead tree roots, wood piles. Whatever source they can find they actively pursue. This makes termite control in Phoenix important for maintaining the value of your property. The subterranean termite consumes the wood components that make up your house. The subterranean termite takes the wood back down into their colony, they feed the reproductives, they feed the larva and they interact socially.
The Termite and its Habitats
Termites live in cryptobiotic life, which is a hidden life. For every area where they have visibly manifested, the assumption can be made that there are many more areas they infest that your termite control phoenix specialist cannot see. This hidden lifestyle allows the subterranean termite to enter structures and damage structures without you ever even knowing. An analogy, I commonly use, is that a termite is 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.
How do termites get in?
Termites can enter a home through cracks that exist around the foundation or in the flooring and around conduit that penetrates the slab. Once you have evidence or visible signs of termite infestation, it is evidence that termite control phoenix techs call “presumptive of an underlying infestation.”
The treatment of subterranean termites in the Phoenix metropolitan area should always be done by a termite control Phoenix professional. The structure should be inspected, a detailed diagrammatic description should be made, and then a treatment plan can be properly prescribed by a termite control Phoenix pro.
What is the most effective termite control?
The most effective treatment to control subterranean termites in the Phoenix metro area 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. If you are having your structure treated, you should consider using Termidor SC®.
What does termite control in Phoenix involve?
Extermination may involve raking back your landscaped material and digging a small trench along the foundation of your home. 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. All of these areas may need to be addressed if there are active termites found on the interior of your home.
What are additional termite treatment options?
Depending on the type of construction of your home, there may be a combination of various other treatments that would also need to be performed. For this reason, it is essential to have a visual termite inspection to determine the type of construction, to determine the extent of the infestation, and to plan the correct method of treatment.
A newer type of construction that is becoming common in Arizona is post-tension construction slabs. These slabs do not have any interior cracks through which the termites can transverse to gain access to your home. Post tension slabs cannot be drilled because it would damage the slab and cause structural integrity defects. This would be one of many good reasons to have a professional inspect your home who is knowledgeable about construction and determine the type of specific treatment needed.
Recently, there have been newer products that have been introduced to the market that have 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 of different wood components that comprise your home.
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Our pest control company offers a 5-year guarantee with some of our termite treatments. This termite treatment guarantee is comprehensive and will offer you the highest degree of protection in the event that further termite problems are contracted. Call or contact us today.