Most of us spend a lifetime saving and paying for our most costly investment – our home or business. Earthquakes, hurricanes, and tornadoes are catastrophic weather events that can destroy them in just a few seconds. Another destructive force of nature that takes a little more time to destroy your property is the termite. One destructive termite is dreadful, but Tucson has to watch out for two destructive termites.
Termites are proficient at leaving a path of destruction through buildings. If not spotted early, termites can bring about the total collapse of a structure. Over five billion dollars in property damage is due to termite infestations. Considering the damages caused by termites, property owners should be aware of the types of termites in the area that endangers their properties. Two common termites in Tucson are are subterranean termites and drywood termites.
There are three different castes of subterranean termites, and they all have distinct physical differences. The reproductive caste includes a king, queen, and alates (swarmers). The queen is larger than the king. Alates have long, dark brown to almost black bodies and translucent, slightly milky-colored wings.
Their bodies are about ¼ inch to ½ inch long, and they have hairs that you can barely see on their wings (workers and soldiers do not have wings). Workers measure ¼ inch or less and have cream-colored bodies. They also have small jaws. Unlike the workers, the soldiers have large mandibles. Their coloration is usually a creamy white color, like the workers, but their head is darker and more brownish. These termites are the most destructive in the United States.
Unlike the subterranean termite, drywood termite colonies do not have a caste system. Immature termites are white to light brown color with a long, narrow, and oval body, six legs, and antennae. They are the workers of the colony. Drywood termites can measure between 3/8 inches to 1 inch long. These termites infest wood with high moisture content, and they tend to be larger than other termite species.
Regardless of the type of termite, once they are in your home it’s important to seek professional help as soon as possible.
Termite infestations are difficult to spot even if you do have a well-trained eye. Because colonies can grow enormous, professional help is imperative. Termites are not do-it-yourself pests; they need professional eradication. With 35+ years of pest experience, Pest Friends are experts at solving Tucson’s pest problems. We are committed to fundamentally changing and improving the way our customers receive proactive, high-tech, eco-friendly pest control.
There are some things that property owners can look out for that may indicate a termite problem. Property owners should perform routine checks of their property to spot signs of infestation.
Five signs that termites may be in your building are as follows:
At the first sign of termites, call Pest Friends without delay.
You should call the pest professionals at Pest Friends at the first sign of termites because time is of the essence. Do-it-yourself methods will only result in headaches, frustration, and loss of money. Pest Friends has the training and expertise to safely and efficiently remove termites from your property. Take advantage of our guaranteed pest control by calling Pest Friends today to discuss termite eradication and prevention.
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