Last updated 14 days ago
Though termites are fairly common, many people have trouble positively identifying them. This is further complicated by the fact that there are many different species of termites, and within those species are different castes. If you suspect that termites are chewing away at your property, you might as well learn the difference between termite castes.
Of all the termite castes, you’re most likely to see worker termites as they harvest the wood on your property. Workers have small mandibles, and are usually cream colored. Their small mandibles make it easier for them to take small bites of wood and construct tunnels. Soldier termites are larger and darker than workers, and have noticeably larger mandibles with which to fend off attackers. Swarmers are responsible for creating new colonies, and their wings make them easily identifiable.
If you have any questions about termites, don’t hesitate to call Burns Termite Control at (602) 281-4094. Our skilled and fully certified pest experts will promptly identify and eliminate any termites that invade your Phoenix property.
Last updated 19 days ago
If left to their own devices, termites can compromise the structural integrity of a building to the point where it falls down. In an effort to quickly and cheaply eliminate the pests from your property, you may feel inclined to take matters into your own hands. However, doing do is likely to make matters worse. Here are a few reasons why you should rely on professional expertise when it comes to termite elimination:
Ensure Pest Elimination
Termite removal experts are trained to provide swift and total elimination services. Common elimination methods include liquid termiticide, gradual poisoning through communal feeding, and special in-ground stations. Unless you’re a certified termite elimination specialist, there’s less of a chance that your home elimination methods will actually work, opening the door to a nasty resurgence.
Avoid Personal Injury
If a substance is toxic to termites, there’s a good chance that it’s toxic to you, too. Termite control professionals know how to introduce chemicals into termite populations without polluting indoor air quality. If you attempt to eliminate termites yourself, you may end up jeopardizing your family’s health. You may also hurt yourself as you attempt to enter your crawlspace and eliminate the termites.
Prevent Property Damage
Termite elimination professionals have seen hundreds of termite infestations, and know exactly how to remove termites without compromising the surrounding structure. Hiring a team of professionals is the best way to halt termite damage and prevent any damage that might occur during the elimination process itself. Home elimination methods may be successful to some degree, but they may also end up damaging support beams, walls, and floors.
If you have termites gnawing away at your home, don’t try to take care of the problem yourself. Let Burns Termite Control eliminate the termites once and for all via sophisticated removal techniques. Call us at (602) 281-4094 or visit our website to learn more about our termite elimination services for commercial and residential properties in the Phoenix area.
Last updated 26 days ago
Wherever you go in the world, you can find termites that are well adapted to their environment. In South Africa, termites are particularly easy to notice.
In this video, the BBC’s David Attenborough offers a close look at termites in South Africa, which build large pillars to help ventilate their colonies. The wind blows through and around the pillars to freshen the hot, stale air of the colony. This video also shows Matabele ants as they raid a termite colony.
While there may not be any pillar-building termites or Matabele ants in the Phoenix area, there are plenty of pests. If you suspect that your Phoenix home has been overrun by termites or other pests, call Burns Termite Control at (602) 281-4094. We’ve been providing pest elimination services for the past 30 years.
Last updated 1 month ago
Termites cause billions of dollars’ worth of property damage every year. To the property owners who have to make the repairs, it’s not all that important whether the damage was caused by drywood or subterranean termites. Still, knowing the difference between the two species will help you identify an infestation before the damage becomes serious.
As the name implies, subterranean termites usually live underground, though they can live above ground if the environment is damp enough. Drywood termites do not require moisture, and can live inside wood. Subterranean termite colonies can grow up to a million individuals, while drywood termite colonies usually have fewer than 5,000 individuals.
Evidence of Presence
Since subterranean termites rely on moisture to survive, they have to build a series of mud tubes to get from their colony to food sources. If you happen to see mud tubes in your basement or crawlspace, you have subterranean termites. Drywood termites, on the other hand, don’t need to build mud tubes—the best way to detect their presence is to watch out for sand-like fecal pellets.
Winged subterranean termites can be identified by the two dark think veins in their wings, while winged drywood termites have three or four veins. The soldiers of both species have mandibles, but drywood termite mandibles tend to have “teeth.”
You may be able to tell which kind of termite you have by the wood they eat. Subterranean termites tend to go for softer wood that has plenty of moisture, whereas drywood termites can also eat hard, dry wood. Both varieties tend to eat along the grain of the wood, though drywood termites may also eat across the grain.
Whether you’re faced with drywood or subterranean termites, Burns Termite Control can promptly eliminate these unwanted guests. We pride ourselves on our ability to provide pest elimination services that are far beyond the competition. Call us at (602) 281-4094 to speak with a termite removal representative.
Last updated 1 month ago
You may have heard the term “termite swarm season,” but when is it and what does it mean? Every spring, groups of termites called “swarmers” emerge from their home colonies, triggered by rain and warmer weather. These swarms look for new places to begin a colony and may find that new home in the ground, a tree, or even your home. Termite swarms can be seen as early as April, but their numbers typically increase drastically around Mother’s Day. Termites eat and build their homes 24 hours a day, so as soon as you notice a problem, call a professional before the damage to your home can increase.
Burns Termite Control provides both residential and commercial termite solutions in the Phoenix area. Call us today at (602) 281-4094 to learn more about our state-of-the-art tools and techniques for handling your termite problem, including nontoxic solutions that will last for years in the soil around your home. You can find more information about us and our pest control services on our website.