Posts Tagged ‘slabs’
Every home has penetrations from either the slab or flooring, I can’t think of a single exception. So if you have an example let me know about it. Every time a pipe comes through your slab or flooring there is a chance that termites might exploit the opportunity.
On top of this, there are often issues at the time of the pretreat. Construction proceeds and after we do that pretreat we never know what happens to that hole where the pipe comes up. Often times there is soil piled up and sometimes it is removed and guess where the termiticide is? Gone and there is no protection. So those are the areas where we all need to be vigilant and pay attention to walls and other fixtures.
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.
We have mentioned before about these post tension slabs, but I wanted to show a different picture than the one posted awhile back.
So before doing any major work at your home, investigate and use caution. I think it is important to know your property, monthly checks are crucial to understanding and preventing any big problems.
Arizona termites create some unique tube like tunnels – so if you find something that looks like the pictures below it would be time to find a Pest Management Professional.
Termites will make their way into your home usually by way of penetrations or over the outside foundation slab. So checking involves a few specific items to check, here is my list and procedure:
- Check the outside of the home at the base, stucco should not touch stone or soil.
- Check any wood on the outside of the home.
- Check sheds and they should sit on concrete or some type of paver or block.
Plants that are planted too close too your home create issues down the road, what are those issues you ask?
- Roots may damage or cause problems to the foundation.
- Watering those plants may cause additional problems with any wood siding or the foundation.
- Plants may cause issues with the termite treatment.
- Termite treatments may not be done correctly with plants in the way.
- If it is a tree, bush or cactus it will grow and possibly damage the home or overhang.