What to do with termites

Termites – what to do if you think you have them

422152953_1afec26897_oAfter a number of years of pretending it didn’t exist, my wife and I decided to clean out the garage. Unfortunately, it had been many months since anyone had taken the time to step foot in the garage and consequently it looked like a wasteland of old computer and car equipment combined with old baby toys. Within about twenty minutes of commencing operation “clean up” I started noticing a fine dust over a large amount of the stuff which had been stored in the garage. The deeper I got, the more I found of it. Now, being originally from England I rather stupidly assumed that this was just dust that had accumulated over the length of time that the items had been stored. I was wrong, this turned out to be the signs of a termite infestation which had taken over most of the left hand side of our house! Honestly, I didn’t know. After discovering not only that our home had termites but also that I had a total lack of knowledge around them, what they are and how to spot them I decided it was time to educate myself. While I don’t profess to be an expert at all things termite, I hope these few points will help you notice, understand and be able to deal with an infestation much better. The first thing is leave it to professionals, like Phoenix pest control to deal with termites in order to do it safely for yourself, your family and house. The second thing you need to know when spotting or locating termites is that there is two main types.

Dry wood and subterranean. Subterranean can be found anywhere in the 3450242386_cc48ab8179_bcountry, where as dry wood will normally only be found in the warmer, southern climates. Subterranean Termites can be found by checking the foundation of your home via an access point. You will notice small amounts of powder on top of the dirt on the floor, this is actually a mix of Termite “poop” and the discarded wood they didn’t eat. Be careful when looking under your home, sometimes damp conditions will damage wood and make it hard to spot Termites that might be living there. Dry Wood termites are a little easier to find, within you home you will spot a white powder (again, this is a mix of Termite “poop” and the discarded wood they didn’t eat.) You should also look for any areas of sagging in the ceilings or floors (which may look more like water damage then anything else). Once you are sure you have a Termite problem, then you have a number of steps to take.