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Understanding Termite Invaders

Termites are one of the most destructive pests you can host on your property. We tell you what you need to know about termite control and professional termite removal in Tucson, AZ in our guide below.

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What are termites?

Termites are insects known for their wood-chewing behaviors, extensive underground or in-wood colonies, and their class-separated society. In a termite colony, you will find insects that have the role of reproductives (also known as swarmer termites), soldiers, and workers, all with their separate tasks and working alongside each out to ensure the colony thrives.

Though there are many different termite species, for the most part, these insects are tan or light brown, have flat, oval-shaped bodies no larger than an inch long, and reproductive termites may have a pair of wings. When left untreated, termite infestations can cause serious problems on your property.

Are termites dangerous?

Termites aren’t known to transfer diseases or bite humans, but they are dangerous in other ways. A termite problem on your property will result in serious damage to wooden structures, including the supporting structures of your home or business. Over time, termite damage can become so severe that it leads to water-damaged wood that breaks easily and can cause structural collapse.

Signs of termites that you should look out for include wood that breaks easily, wood that is becoming moisture-ridden, termite frass around baseboards, windowsills, and doorjambs, and tight-fitting doors and windows. A professional pest control company, such as Conquistador Pest & Termite, should investigate any signs of termites immediately.

Why do I have a termite problem?

If you’re noticing termites or termite damage on your property, you are likely wondering where these pests came from in the first place. Termites gravitate to properties with plenty of access to wood, soil that’s easy to create colonies in, and moist or humid conditions. Evaluating your property for termite attractants and removing them is key to defeating these pests.

Where will I find termites?

You can find termites in underground colonies around exterior areas of your property. They also will travel through the mud tubes they create, which provide them with moisture and protection when they leave their underground habitat. They use these mud tubes to invade homes. Inside, termites will gravitate to the wooden structures that hold up your home, wood furniture, and any other easily infiltrated wood source.

How do I get rid of termites?

The best way to get rid of termites is to contact Conquistador Pest & Termite with your termite removal needs. Our team will waste no time inspecting your property for termite issues and providing you with solutions that meet your needs. With our help, you can control your termite issues and prevent future problems in no time at all.

How can I prevent termites in the future?

To prevent future termite problems around your property, practice the following expert prevention tips:

  • Seal cracks around your property’s windows, doors, and foundation to stop termites from easily infiltrating interior areas.
  • Reduce soil-to-wood contact around the foundation of your property to make it harder for termites to cross inside.
  • Eliminate moist and humid conditions in both exterior and interior areas to reduce the enticing termites to your property.
  • Reduce harborage areas that termites might flock to around the exterior of your property, such as fallen branches and leaves, woodpiles, piles of soft dirt, and abandoned tree stumps.
  • Repair moisture-damaged wood around your property, ensuring no termites remain before repairs.

And remember, contact Conquistador Pest & Termite the moment you suspect termites are invading your Tucson property for fast, effective, and reliable termite removal.

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