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Termites are ancient insects already there when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. And while they are considered one of the most destructive pests that could enter your home, they play an essential role in nature, breaking down rotten wood and plant and animal matter, and promoting healthy soil and plant growth. Not all termites are dangerous to homes, as only a few digest wood from over 2000 species of termites. Tucson is home to some dangerous types of termites that can go through a home’s wooden structure and render it unsafe, given enough time. Termite infestations can also make it impossible to sell a home.

If you believe that you might have a termite problem, now is the time to learn about the life cycle of common termites to understand better how to eradicate them and why termites infest and destroy wooden structures. Find out how to identify and remove factors that attract these silent destroyers in the first place.

If you are struggling with a termite infestation, Conquistador Pest & Termite provides pest control in Tucson, which is key to total termite control. Even if an infestation has established itself, you can still eliminate it with the help of a qualified team of experts with experience in dealing with Arizona’s subterranean and drywood termites safely and effectively.

The Life Cycle Of Common Termites

termite in chewed wood

When it comes to eliminating common termites in Tucson, it is crucial to know everything about their life cycle. A termite will go through three stages, the egg, the nymph, and the adult stage. Adults will be either workers or soldiers who work on damaging your home or protecting the others and the kings or queens responsible for the many eggs laid regularly. Not all of them can reproduce or even feed themselves, but if needed, they can mold into reproductive alates to keep the colony alive and thriving, depending on what is required. Most of the nymphs will go on to become workers, which are the ones that chew through and digest wood. It can take a while for termites to mature, but it only takes about six years for a colony to contain a million or more active termites, which can cause the most incredible damage. Still, you can end up with an infestation in less than a week, and you do not need millions of termites to see evidence of damage in your home quickly. 

Understanding their life cycle is vital because if the treatments only affect adult termites, it is unlikely that you will eliminate your termite problem, as it only takes a few termites to start a new infestation. Most incredibly, once you have a termite problem, these unwanted pests will keep damaging your home all day and all night, as termites do not sleep, and the colony will grow exponentially. Under optimal conditions, a termite queen can live for many years and lay more than a dozen eggs daily. If you are dealing with termites, it is essential that you understand why termites infest and destroy wooden structures.

Why Termites Infest And Destroy Wooden Structures

Regarding health risks, roaches are one of the worst pests that could invade your home for many There are several reasons why termites infest and destroy wooden structures. One reason is that they rely on cellulose as a source of food, and they are one of the only animals that can digest wood, giving them plenty of food sources to take over. They can also digest other plant matter, enhancing soil quality and making them an essential part of the ecosystem as long as they stay out of your home. Another reason is that they dig galleries in wooden structures to grow their colony. Some of them can do this in healthy wood, while others prefer rotten or decayed wood, but no matter what type has invaded your home, identifying and removing factors that attract them needs to be at the top of the list.

How To Identify And Remove Factors That Attract Termites

Identifying and removing factors that attract termites is one of the most critical parts of eradicating them. One problem with these invaders is that they are not very responsive to DIY treatment methods, like neem oil, cayenne pepper, or vinegar. Instead of spending your efforts on homemade prevention methods, you must add professional treatments. These are even more important to follow if you see signs of termites in your home, like drooping drywall, peeling paint, hollow wood, creaking or buckling floorboards, loose tiles, piles of pellets that look like salt and pepper, and flying termites. You can help remove factors that attract termites with these tips:

  • Dehumidify your home: Some types of termites are attracted to damp or rotten wood. If your home has leaks that you need to fix, now is the time to do it and repair any damage to the structure of your home that termites might have caused. In the case of subterranean termites, even moist soil near wooden structures is enough for them to start causing damage. In addition to fixing leaks, you might also want to schedule an inspection to find out if there is unnoticed water damage in your home, poor soil drainage, and poor air circulation, and consider using dehumidifiers.
  • Fix cracks in your home: Termites need entry points to invade your home. Sealing them can go a long way in keeping termites from coming in. This could mean fixing window frames, making sure there are no gaps between doors and walls, keeping them closed whenever possible, and repairing any cracks you might have in your walls and foundation. Your roof needs to be in good condition as well. A professional pest control company can help you determine which materials are best to conduct the necessary repairs.
  • Treat wood whenever possible: While treating wood to deter termites is not always possible, it is a good idea to do it if you can, or at least cover wooden structures, especially when termites are a problem in the area. While this may seem like a lot of work, termites cause nearly two billion dollars in damages yearly in the United States and can destroy an entire home in less than ten years. Treatments can also prevent termites from returning. Because they need to be correctly applied to be effective, it is always a good idea to ask for professional advice.

From subterranean termites that hide in soil and build mud tubes to go from one wooden structure to another to drywood termites that can thrive even in healthy wood and leave piles of digested wood around your home, eliminating the factors that attract them is of utmost importance. If you are still struggling with termites despite keeping your home dry, fixing leaks and cracks, and treating wood whenever possible, it is time to get educated on the best way to eradicate termites for good.

The Key To Total Termite Control For Tucson Properties

The best way to eradicate termites is to start with a thorough home inspection followed by professional pest control methods. These will depend on your unique situation, and the inspection will help determine which products are best and in which quantities. Unfortunately, the longer you wait, the more widespread the damage will be, as termites are very efficient at going through the structure of your home, building mud tubes, or digesting the wood itself.

At Conquistador Pest & Termite, we know how to eliminate all the common Arizona termites with drywood and subterranean termite treatments in Tucson that are safe and effective and will keep your family and pets safe.

Don’t let these silent destroyers cause further problems in your home; contact us today for a free estimate and to schedule your inspection as soon as possible. Each visit with our licensed technicians includes an external visual inspection, and our treatment packages also include immediate treatment with infestations and a thorough interior inspection every year. Because we are locally owned and operated, we know firsthand the issues that termites can cause in the Tucson area and train our team of specialists to tailor treatment plans to your unique needs and situation. 

Termites are tiny, but they can cause significant damage to your home. Whether dealing with subterranean termites or drywood termites, we know what to do to make your termite infestation a thing of the past. Termites may have been around for millions of years and might play an essential role in the ecosystem, but they have no place in your house. 

If you’ve noticed signs of a termite infestation, now is the right time to eliminate it safely and for good. We will work with you to devise a treatment plan that you can feel good about having in your home and will ensure your termite problem does not return. 

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