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Believe it or not, the most common termite here in Arizona is the Desert Subterranean Termite. While there are other termites that inhabit the south-western regions of the United States, such as Arid-land Subterranean Termites, Western Drywood Termites, and Desert Dampwood Termites; we are going to focus on the Desert Subterranean Termite, since they are so common.
These termites can be most anywhere out in the wild, but are primarily found within dead cactus and trees. As with most termites, they love wood, and can devour it without you knowing right before your eyes.
Inthe picture below you'll see what these termites look like, always be on the look out for them, but remember that they will most likely be in the wood.
A tip for finding out if you have termites without actually seeing them is if you find a small pile of what looks like sand. They will randomly pop up in your home, very small piles that will be next to your walls. What these actually are, are termite fecal pellets and are a sure guarantee there are termites in your home. In the picture below, a sample of what termite fecal pellets look like is shown.
These piles can also reveals where the termites nest may be, but most of the time other nests could be present elsewhere. That's why Bulwark does free termite evaluations, so you don't have to guess and our professionals can find out for certain.
The dangers of the Desert Subterranean Termite over other termites is that while other termites are dangerous to all moist woods, these termites will readily attack fry, sound wood. They mainly damage the springwood in timbers, which is the softer part of the wood; meaning, that wood the termites attack become weaker in the quickest way possible. These termites will often swarm at night and in the summertime and when they attack there is no getting them out without real help.
In this video we see the importance of protection against termites by one of our very own Bulwark technicians. Pay attention to how much damage termites can do and how elaborate they really are in what the termites do. Our technician will go over how easily they take down an immense tree with ease that has a complicated root system. As you watch look for the parallels between the tree and your home.
If you have slightest inclination termites are in your home, you need to get pest control right away, but by then it might be too late to spare the damages and there may be time to get rid of them. That's why, as mentioned before, we have free termite evaluations. So, call Bulwark Pest Control now before it's too late to prevent these termites from getting in your home and we'll help get them out of your life.