Subterranean Termites in Arizona: Separating Myths from Facts

You’ve heard of termites but have you ever heard of subterranean termites? The name, subterranean, means existing under the ground. These wood devouring pests were given their name due to the fact that they live in contact with soil as their moisture source and put a lot of work into infesting wood above ground. Subterranean termites make up most of the termite species found in Arizona and as you probably guessed, are very destructive to homes and surrounding wooden structures, trees and brush. There are many true and false statements surrounding termites and how to control them so we’ve got a few tips to debunk the myths and get you the facts.

Myth: Subterranean termites only live in Southwestern states like Arizona & New Mexico

Fact: Although they are more common in the warmer Southern states, subterranean termites are found in every state except Alaska!

Myth: Subterranean termites can eat through concrete to get into homes

Fact: Because subterranean termites can get into structures through tiny, microscopic cracks in the concrete it may appear that they have eaten through it but they are not able to eat concrete. Depending on the size of the termite colony, if there are a lot of termites coming through a small crack in the concrete that could cause the crack to expand. Subterranean termites capitalize on damp and cracked areas in and around foundations so  it is important to keep moisture away from the outside foundation of your home or business to help avoid termites.

Myth: Living in a brick house means you never have to worry about having a termite infestation

Fact: Most homes are constructed with some type of wood in the framing and usually only have an outer layer of brick on the home to make it appear that it’s constructed of block. Therefore, subterranean termites are just as likely to build tunnels from their underground nests into the framing of homes. If you suspect a termite issue but aren’t sure, take a look at our termite blog that helps describe the signs of termite infestation.

Myth: If the queen of the termite colony is killed then the colony will die or move elsewhere

Fact: Subterranean termite colonies have a king, a queen and soldiers that all work in harmony to keep each other alive. If the queen is killed, there are actually other members of the colony that will begin to lay eggs. So, to properly treat the termite infestation it is important to treat ALL of the termites, not just active sites that show visible damage.

Myth: Treating a home for subterranean termites is extremely difficult

Fact: If you try to treat the termite infestation yourself then yes, it can be nearly impossible to get rid of them. However, a professional pest control company has plenty of options to rid your home of termites but there are many factors to take into account. Certified pest management companies will look at the area of the infestation as well as the type of soil and foundation of the structure. From there they can offer options such as baiting, habitat modification or chemical barriers to meet your needs.

Now that you have some of the truths about subterranean termites we hope that will help you make the important decision to call a professional pest control company if you think you have an infestation. We guarantee our termite treatments and offer free estimates throughout the Valley, including Queen Creek, Chandler, Mesa and Gilbert so don’t hesitate to call us today!