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What Are Termites?

You may be asking yourself, what are termites exactly?  When some people think of termites, images of massive termite mounds may come to mind.  Here in Phoenix, you’re wasting your time if you’re looking for those kinds of things.

The types of termites that call the Phoenix area home are much more insidious, which is part of the reason why they’re able to wreak so much havoc.

If you’re not convinced about the serious problems that are posed by termites, consider the cost — It is estimated that controlling termites and repairing the termite damage cost approximately $5 billion per year.  Those numbers are nothing to sneeze at, and you can be sure that Phoenix homeowners contribute their fair share to those staggering costs.

If you have to spend money on one or the other, it’s vastly preferably to do so to control termites than it is to repair damages that they have caused.  Once you have preventative termite treatment in place, your annual costs to maintain control is nominal.

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How Do I Know If I Have Termites

These pesky little critters are very elusive.  So, how do you know if you have termites? Without seeing clear signs of a termite infestation, it’s easy to assume that there’s nothing to worry about.  That’s one of the main reasons that termites are able to cause so much damage. People wait until they see clear signs of infestation.

By the time obvious damage has been done, the cost of getting it all under control can be towering. You only need to consider the names of the species that abound in Phoenix to understand why they are so difficult to detect. “Subterranean” means “underground,” which means that these pests don’t usually see the light of day.

At a glance, there’s no way to definitively tell whether termites are underfoot or not. Even if you examine the premises closely, you could easily overlook the existence of an infestation.

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Termite Treatments

There are two main categories of termite treatments for Phoenix termite control: whole-house treatment, which is also known as tenting, and spot treatment, which is also called local treatment.

Whole-house termite treatment involves fumigation, and large tents are typically draped over the home to keep the fumes inside where they can kill termites.

Another but less common type of whole-house termite treatment involves raising the temperature in the home excessively. In this case, it may be taken up to between 120 and 150 degrees. At those temperatures, enzymes within termites are denatured and cell membranes are destroyed, which ultimately kills them.



Reduce Your Risk of Termite Infestations

Without understanding a few basic things about Phoenix termite control, keeping them out of your home isn’t going to be easy. There are a few ways to reduce the risk of a termite infestation. A few of the best examples include:

Termites Love Wood

One of the best ways to roll out the red carpet for termites is by keeping a pile of wood right next to your home. Termites will make themselves comfy there and find their way into your home sooner rather than later.
If you must store wood on your property, keep it up off the ground. If it makes direct contact with the soil, it will be the perfect place for termites. Even if the pile is kept away from the home, termites are more likely to work their way to your home if they set up camp somewhere on your property.

Termites Love Moisture 

Subterranean termites love moisture. In fact, they need it to survive. It’s critical to keep moisture out of the home in general, but it’s especially important from the standpoint of preventing termite infestations. If you notice leaks or other problems, have them addressed immediately.

Have Regular Termite Inspections Performed

The absolute best way to keep termites out of your Phoenix home is by having it inspected regularly by an experienced termite control company.
An initial assessment of your home will reveal how often these inspections should be done. Most people get by with one inspection per year, but various factors may make it necessary to have these inspections performed more often.
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Termite Inspections What To Expect

When one of our certified inspectors comes to meet you at your convenience for a complimentary termite inspection, you can expect the Pest Control One team member to:

  • Inquire if / why you believe you may have termites in your home. 
  • Assess your property for signs of termites or damage that termites may have caused. 
  • Look for entry points that termites could use to get entry to your home. 
  • Give you an opportunity to ask us any questions. 
  • Inspect your home for any other factors that may make your home more vulnerable to termite infestations. 

No preparation is needed for the inspection on your part.

After inspecting your home, Pest Control One will let you know whether termite activity was found or not.

Even if no infestations are found, it’s always recommended to have regular termite inspections performed at your Phoenix home. It’s the only reliable way to reduce the risk of termite infestations.

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Also,once the free inspection is complete, we will offer you a No Obligation customized termite treatment plan with recommended next steps with no pushy sales tactics. Upon your approval, we will schedule the first service call. 

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Termite Information


Eastern Subterranean Termite


Formosa Subterranean Termite


Termite Species

There are more than 4,000 known species of termites in the world today. Only a tiny handful of them get any real attention, but that attention is well-deserved.

Phoenix Termite Species:

Subterranean Termites

In Phoenix, termites that infest a home are likely to be of the subterranean varieties – the Formosan or the Eastern subterranean species.

Drywood Termites – Subterranean termites are extremely problematic, but drywood termites deserve a mention too.

The key difference between these two species involves moisture. Subterranean termites require plenty of it while drywood termites can live in wood that contains less than three percent moisture.

Another distinction is Drywood termites nest in wood only and enter homes by flying in during a termite swarm. Subterranean species nest in soil primarily and often visit homes and buildings for their food source via mud tubing.

Eastern Subterranean Termite Control

As the most common termite in the world, the eastern subterranean termite has caused untold amounts of damage through the centuries. A mature colony of these destructive pests can include anywhere from 20,000 to more than five million workers.

Queens in eastern subterranean colonies can lay anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 eggs per year, which means that the problem intensifies quickly. These colonies are made up of three distinct castes of termites: soldiers, workers and reproductive termites.

To find eastern subterranean termites, you shouldn’t have to dig too deeply. They are usually found at or below ground level, and they thrive in the soil but live off of materials like wood and cardboard, which contain high concentrations of cellulose.

Formosan Subterranean Termite Control

The other type of termite that’s prevalent in the Phoenix area is the Formosan termite. It originated over in Taiwan, but it’s thrived in warm parts of the United States. These termites prefer climates where temperatures rarely, if ever, drop below freezing, so it makes sense that they like Phoenix so much.

A popular nickname for this termite is “super termite” because it is far more destructive than the eastern subterranean termite. A single colony can contain millions and millions of workers, and large Formosan termite colonies can consume more than 13 ounces of wood per day — that’s 24 lbs of structural studs eaten in 30 days!

Without getting a Formosan subterranean termite infestation under control quickly, it’s feasible that extensive amounts of structural damage can be done in a short period of time.
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Flying Termite versus Flying Ant

It’s not unusual for people to mistake swarming termites for flying ants. At first glance, some termites look remarkably like ants. A few easy ways to distinguish one from the other include:


 Termites’ forewings and hindwings are the same size while ants’ forewings are larger than their hindwings.

 Termites’ antennae are straight. Ants’ antennae are bent.

 Ants’ waists look like wasps’ waists.  Termites’ waists are straight, cigar shaped.

With these points in mind, don’t shrug off swarms of what appear to be flying ants. If they are found near windows and doors in the fall and spring, there’s a good chance that they are actually swarming termites. They also sometimes emerge from the bases of walls and porches.


Termite Biology and Habits

Like ants, termite colonies consist of caste systems. Worker termites forage for food, maintain nests and store food. They tend to be the most prevalent in termite colonies. Soldier termites are designed to withstand attacks, and they are primarily concerned with defending the colony against ants, which tend to be the biggest predators of termites.

There are also reproductive termites, which consist of termites from both sexes. In addition to that, the typical termite colony has at least a few egg-laying queen termites.


Signs of Termite Infestation

If you live in the Pheonix area, you definitely don’t want to wait until you see clear signs of a termite infestation. By that time, copious amounts of damage will have already been done.

However, it helps to have a basic grasp of the most common signs of termite infestations. In the case of Formosan subterranean termites, which work at destructively rapid speeds, reacting quickly to signs of an infestation is absolutely critical.

Drywood Termite Signs 

Termite Swarms:

One of the most common signs of a drywood termite infestation is twice-a-year swarms of flying termites. However, large swarms are indicative of a truly massive colony. If you see one in or near your home, you can bet your bottom dollar that there’s a major infestation afoot.


Fecal Pellets:

The other common signs of a drywood termite infestation aren’t nearly as obvious. The presence of tiny fecal pellets called frass is one sign. Frass closely resembles sawdust, which makes sense because it is generally pushed out through wood. As a result, the wood nearby may have tiny kick-out holes.


Termite Damage:

Finally, subtle termite damage to window sills and other wood structures in the home could be a sign of a drywood termite infestation.


Subterranean Termite Signs

Termite Tubing:

These termites live in moisture-rich soil. One of the most common signs of a subterranean termite infestation is the presence of earth-mound tubes on walls and foundations. They can be about as thick as pencils, and they are very distinctive to a trained eye. (See image above)

Termite mud tubing may also be found on chimneys, support posts and plumbing.  Although it’s not easy to see, caked mud and soil residue may also be present on walls and other parts of the home.

Termite Damage:

Sunken regions behind wallpaper may also be indicative of an infestation by subterranean termites.


More About Termite Treatment Methods

Top Termite Treatments

Drywood Termites:

There are two main categories of termite treatments: whole-house treatment, which is also known as tenting, and spot treatment, which is also called local treatment.
Whole-house termite treatment involves fumigation, and large tents are typically draped over the home to keep the fumes inside where they can kill termites.
Another but less common type of whole-house termite treatment involves raising the temperature in the home excessively. In this case, it may be taken up to between 120 and 150 degrees. At those temperatures, enzymes within termites are denatured and cell membranes are destroyed, which ultimately kills them.

Spot Termite Treatments

Drywood Termites:

For a variety of reasons, people don’t always want whole-house termite treatments. The most common reason involves cost. It’s a lot more expensive to fumigate an entire home than it is to apply spot treatments. However, whole-house treatments are usually the most effective way to eradicate drywood termites.


Subterranean Termites:

There are two main types of spot termite treatments . One type involves injecting liquid chemicals into areas where termite infestations are suspected.  The other type involves using bait systems to systematically kill termites. Spot treatments are considered a risky approach to termite control.


Bait Systems vs. Liquid Termite Treatments

Subterranean Termite Treatment:

There’s a lot of debate out there about whether liquid termite treatments or bait systems are more effective for exterminating subterranean termites. It should also be noted that these measures are often used on a preventative basis as well.

At any rate, a major drawback of bait systems is that they are usually spaced several feet apart. It’s easy for termites to miss them altogether, and they aren’t designed to attract termites in any way.


With full liquid termite treatments, there is a zone that goes all the way around a home. Another thing to keep in mind is that bait systems usually take a long time to produce results.


In some cases, baits can take as long 1-2 years to eliminate the original colony. Liquid termite treatments, on the other hand, can go to work immediately and a complete and thorough treatment can eliminate a colony in as little as a few short weeks.


Limitations of Do-It-Yourself Termite Control

It’s nice to take care of issues around the house yourself whenever possible. However, termite control calls for professional help. A professional termite control company like Pest Control One will analyze the problem and use its knowledge and experience to determine the appropriate treatment.


The best termite control companies like Pest Control One offer Termite Warranty Protection. If termites return, we take care of it for FREE. If you do it yourself and it doesn’t work, you will be back at square one. Worse, a failed do-it yourself treatment could result in new damage and costly repairs.