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Even experienced pest control companies Phoenix, Arizona experts can have difficulty in detecting termites as termite control and inspection is a specialty within the industry, given this, a homeowner can find the task daunting without specialist training.
Termites are very difficult to detect because of the fact they are subterranean in nature. This means that they nest and forage underground accessing their feeding sites from the soil. As a homeowner, trying to carry out an inspection yourself can be a very expensive move.
Subterranean termites live and work underground, rarely coming out into our atmosphere and occasionally attacking structures that are important to us like houses or other timber buildings.
The fact that these insects spend most of their time underground is why it is difficult to detect them above the ground. Many species of termite can easily travel 50 meters and sometimes will travel up to 100 meters underground to reach their ultimate target, a food or moisture source.
Most termite species travel in mud shelter tubes to gain access to objects above ground. These shelter tubes are made of a mixture of feces and soil from the immediate vicinity.
This also aids the termites in disguising the shelter tubes as they are a very similar color to the local soil.
Shelter tubes can be found built up brick walls, steel posts, trees or in fact any surface that they need to cross in their efforts to reach their food source.
Some species of termite can nest within the trunk of a tree, it is easy for these termites to excavate the center of the roots of the tree and follow them for a long-distance popping up undetected many meters from where they started.
Many homes are built with inherent flaws in their construction. These flaws can allow for undetectable access for termites.
Unless a homeowner has experience with many building types, then it is almost impossible to understand where to inspect for them.
Cracks in concrete slabs, timber pegs through concrete slabs, high soil levels around the perimeter of buildings and many other conditions add to these difficulties.
In the prevention of termite infestation:
- Reduce any excessive stored materials around or under your home. A termites’ diet consists of anything that contains cellulose, this goes as far as to include boxes and books (made from paper which was originally a tree) furniture, which often used to be a tree, cotton and any other natural fibers as these contain a large percentage of cellulose and many other articles commonly used in furnishing and construction of our homes.
- Reduce the number of readily available water sources around your home. As homeowners, we often inadvertently provide termites with easily accessible permanent moisture sources right next to the very thing we are trying to protect, our homes.
- Carry out some research into the particular type of termite management system that your home was built with. If no termite protection notice exists and you have no paperwork relating to termite control history, contact a professional pest management company for advice.
- Ensure that your yard and garden are maintained with the least amount of waste timber, branches, leaf litter, mulch and other types of garden debris that can build up over time.
- Have a regular inspection regime in place. Familiarize yourself with the signs that termites leave when they are around and ensure that you know how to identify termites. Forming a relationship with a professional pest management company is one of the best preventative steps that you can take.
Familiarity with a building can lead to a homeowner becoming blaze. This can happen with the best of termite inspectors when sent to the same property regularly it surely can happen with a homeowner.
Having to be inquisitive about a building that one has never seen before, often turns up all sorts of problems previously undetected by the homeowner.
If you must inspect your own home for termites, please do so in conjunction with a professional, and ensure that you carry out as much research as possible before doing so.
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