Termites are capable of doing a great deal of damage in a short period of time. The only effective way to rid the home of an infestation is to call in our professionals who know where to look and what it takes to kill the adults and the eggs. To give you an idea of how serious a termite infestation in Arizona can be, here are four things you should know about termites and what they can do.
Termites Don’t Need Much Room to Get Into the House
Did you know that adult termites need no more than 1/64 of an inch to get into the home? The point of entry can be around window casings, cracks in the foundation, and even spaces at the base of exterior doors are all it takes.
If you don’t think there are any such spaces in your home, think again. Something as simple as the foundation settling may create just enough space for termites to get inside.
Having a Concrete Foundation Won’t Stop Them
Some people think that concrete or brick foundations prevent termites from gaining access. In fact, the other elements of the home provide ample access. The home frame is excellent food for termites. Wooden siding on the exterior can provide good and a way to get in the house.
The paper covering sheetrock is excellent termite food. They can also have a great time feasting on wood furniture, the flooring in the home, and just about anything else that’s made of wood or paper.
Termites are Attracted to Light
Have you ever had a swarm of termites gather around windows and other openings? The fact is they love light, especially when there’s plenty to eat nearby. By the time you see a swarm, your home is already in serious trouble. The best thing you can do is call a pest control expert at once and arrange to have the home treated.
Termites Reproduce Quickly
Not everyone knows that termites reproduce at rates that stagger the mind. A single queen can lay over 6,000 eggs in a single day. Keep in mind most termite colonies will have a large number of queens all producing at the same time. You can see how it would be possible to have hundreds of thousands and possibly millions in the home in a relatively short period of time.
If you see any signs of termite activity, don’t take it lightly. Call our exterminator at once and arrange for an inspection and treatment. Doing so could mean the difference between saving the home and having to spend quite a bit of money in repairs.