Archive for the ‘termites’ Category
Those termites will find any way into the house, sometimes it just works out that it is a pipe. Originally a pretreat was done and this should work for many years, if the pretreat was done correctly. So as you are doing your monthly inspection, it would be wise to check any pipe penetrations through your foundation slab. I actually found one swarmer (reproductive) or alate termite walking around inside the shower.
It’s monsoon season here in Arizona so termites are usually a little more active, so please check your home or give us a call at 480-831-9328 or 623-414-0176.
Not always something you see in Arizona, fungus growing on the side of a foundation slab of a house. If weather conditions exist then it is possible for fungus to grow and it only matters on location and the amount of water present.
So keep an eye on your property and if these conditions are present it is time to evaluate and access the how and the why?
This was just a shot of a parking lot of a church which couldn’t handle all that rain. All this rains triggers the subterranean termites to become a little more active, so what signs should you be looking for?
- Mud tube or tunnels on the foundation stem wall of your home.
- Small pin sized holes with dirt/mud around the opening and maybe the presence of little white or maybe black swarmers.
- Mud tube or tunnel inside the home.
- Sometimes and not very often in Arizona, swarmers.
Desert subterranean termites
- Southwestern U.S. – Colorado and Gila deserts.
- Lives on grasses, dead cacti, desert plants and can attack fences and other wood products.
- This termite becomes active during and after the summer rainy season (monsoon), from July to September. This termite does swarm, however I have only seen 2 indoor swarms and generally swarms at dusk, after a rain.
- These termites will openly build very narrow, free-hanging tubes from ceilings, shelves and overhangs. Don’t be surprised if you see tubes as long as six to 12 inches or longer in length. These tubes are often reused by these termites even when there is no feeding activity. They also build tubes over the foundation walls.
- Generally speaking this termite causes very little damage to homes and buildings. This doesn’t mean that you should ignore them, they will continue to eat your home until you treat for them.
Here in Arizona one of the best methods for keeping out scorpions is a home seal. Use caulking and fill in any holes that are open.