Termites pose a big threat to your home. They are non-stop eating machines that can tear down the structures in your home, whittle away your antique furniture, and more. It is important that you get routine termite inspections from a trusted Chandler termite and pest control company so you can discover these destructive pests before they have a chance to do too much damage.
But how much time is that, exactly? The answer depends on a number of factors, including what type of termites you have, how big the colony is, and where they are located in your home. However, you can expect termites to eat through a significant amount of wood in just a few months. If termites are chewing through just the right pieces of wood, you would have a structural problem in under a year.
One reason that termites can be so destructive is that they build huge colonies very quickly. Furthermore, each member of that colony has a specific job, so there is great focus in the activity of the colony.
Termite colonies can have a few thousand termites, or they can have several million, depending on the species that you have. The termite species that are common in Phoenix can build colonies that number in the millions. Within those colonies, there is a queen that is in charge of reproduction, workers that eat the wood, soldiers that protect the colony, and nymphs. Workers represent the largest class, and they will continue to eat through the wood in your home 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The larger the colony, the faster they will be able to spread damage.
Termites eat wood. Most people know that. But what you might be surprised to learn is that termites eat more than wood. They also eat other materials containing cellulose, such as drywall, insulation, and plaster. Some termites can even eat some soft metals.
Different types of termites also eat different things. They have different gut bacteria that can break down different materials. Drywood termites eat the wood that would be found in a home’s structure. In contract, dampwood termites prefer decaying wood, like stumps and fallen branches. Dampwood termites can still come into your home and attack wood that is already damaged, such as wood that has been exposed to a leak.
Knowing the signs of termite damage can help you identify when termites are in your home before they have created extensive damage. If you notice any of these signs, it is important that you call a Mesa termite and pest control company right away to schedule an inspection and service.
Some signs of termite damage can include:
If you notice any of these signs, do not dismiss them. Call an East Valley termite control company immediately. The longer you wait to address the issue, the bigger the problem will become. You can have extensive damage to your home that will be difficult and expensive to repair. Every day that passes is another day for millions of termites to chew through the wood supporting your home.
Even if you don’t see signs of termite infestation, call a termite control company to conduct an annual inspection. It doesn’t take long for termites to cause a lot of damage, so it is important that you find them before they have time to grow their colony and cause a lot of problems.
Varsity Termite and Pest Control is the termite control company that Mesa residents trust. We offer affordable termite control solutions, including options to remove any termites that are present or to prevent any termites from entering. We also offer comprehensive pest control solutions for other pests common to the Mesa area, including scorpions, roaches, ants, rats, and more. Contact us today to schedule a termite inspection for your Mesa home and to discuss our affordable termite control options.