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Day: June 3, 2024

Ever heard the saying, “There are only two types of homes in Arizona – those with termites and those that are about to get them?” It’s a chilling thought, but unfortunately, it’s pretty accurate. 

Arizona’s warm climate and dry conditions make it a haven for termites, who thrive in these conditions and have the ability to multiply and spread quickly. 

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, termites cause billions of dollars in damage every year across the United States – and Arizona is no exception.

So what exactly are the most common types of termites in Arizona – and how can you keep them out?


The Sneaky Subterranean Termite

subterranean termites in arizona

The arid land subterranean termite is the most common termite species in Arizona. These little critters are expert diggers, creating intricate tunnel systems beneath your home.

These termites can cause extensive damage before you even realize they’re there. They feed on wood, paper, and other cellulose-containing materials. Over time, this dangerously weakens the structure of your home. 

Look for mud tubes on your walls or in your yard. These tubes are about the width of a pencil and are a sure sign these termites are present. You might also see swarmers, which are winged termites that come out in the spring.


termites on a log

The Uninvited Guests – Western Drywood Termites

Western drywood termites are another common species in Arizona. Unlike their subterranean cousins, these termites don’t need soil to survive. They live directly in the wood they consume, making them even harder to detect.

Drywood termites are particularly problematic because they can cause severe damage to your home’s wooden structures, including furniture, flooring, and framework. Because they live inside the wood, infestations can go unnoticed for years, leading to significant damage and costly repairs.

To spot them, keep an eye out for small piles of wood-colored droppings known as frass. You might also notice tiny holes in your wood where termites have entered. 

wood damge caused by termitesThe Formidable Formosan Subterranean Termites

Formosan subterranean termites are the most aggressive and destructive termite species in Arizona. Native to Asia, they build massive colonies and can cause more damage in a shorter amount of time than other termite species.

Formosan termites are incredibly resilient and difficult to eradicate once they’ve established a colony. They can chew through wood, flooring, and even wallpaper. Worst yet, of course, is their ability to compromise the structural integrity of your home.

As is the case with other types of termites, you’ll want to keep an eye out for mud tubes, damaged wood that sounds hollow when tapped, and swarmers. 

DIY Termite Prevention Tips

So how exactly do you go about protecting your home? Here are a few expert tips:

  • Keep Moisture at Bay: Termites love moisture. Fix any leaks in your plumbing or irrigation systems and ensure your home has proper drainage. Consider installing a dehumidifier in areas with high humidity.
  • Store Wood Properly: Keep firewood and lumber away from your home’s foundation. Termites are attracted to these materials and will use them as a gateway into your home. Store wood at least 20 feet away and keep it elevated off the ground.
  • Schedule Regular Inspections: As we mentioned earlier, be vigilant about conducting regular inspections of your home’s foundation, wooden structures, and any areas where moisture might accumulate. Look for signs of termite activity, such as mud tubes, frass, or swarmers.

If you notice any signs of termites, such as mud tubes, damaged wood, or swarmers, it’s time to call a professional pest control service like Green Magic. Termites can cause extensive damage quickly, so immediate action is essential.

Professional pest control experts can provide targeted treatments that are more effective than DIY methods, which might work okay for less subversive pests, like ants and flies, but simply don’t cut the mustard when it comes to bigger foes like termites.

At the end of the day, hiring a professional gives you peace of mind in knowing that your home is protected from these destructive pests. Professionals can also provide ongoing monitoring and prevention services to keep your home termite-free.

Choose Green Magic Pest Control to Defeat Termites

Green Magic Pest Control has extensive experience dealing with termites in the Chandler, Mesa, Phoenix, and The Valley areas. Our local knowledge allows us to provide targeted and effective treatments for your home.

Regardless of what specific type of termite you’re dealing with, the reality is that these pests can be a huge nuisance. By understanding the most common species of termites in Arizona and taking proactive steps to protect your home, you can prevent infestations and minimize damage.

Your home is your sanctuary, and you deserve to keep it that way. Contact Green Magic Pest Control today to schedule an inspection – and take the first step toward a termite-free home.



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