Answers to Your Questions

I think I have found what I believe to be termite or pest excrement. How can I tell if this is termite waste?

Dry wood termites produce small bun-shaped pellets as waste. This waste often accumulates on surfaces directly below infested areas. Evidence of termite activity can often be small holes on the surface of the infested area, and an accumulation of waste directly below these small holes. There are also types of termites who have wings, and they may also be observed around the infested area. These adult termites with wings are used to start new infestations in other areas of the structure, typically during the summer months.

As long as termite treatment is done correctly, how long will the insecticide barrier be effective?

Historically homes were treated with a chemical known as chlordane. This chemical was taken off of the market in 1988, which significantly impacted the termite control market. By using chlordane, a home could be protected up to twenty plus years. The chemicals used today for termite control are mess less persistent in the environment, than the chemicals used previously. With currently utilized products, you can expect your home to be protected for up to five years.

I noticed a termite removal service in front of my neighbor’s home, which obviously is a sign that they have termites. Are my neighbor’s termites going to attack my house after they get their home treated?

Termites move through the soil searching for a source of food (wood). Termites do not have sonar radar, and consequently do not know where your house is in order to consciously attack your home or property. Therefore, if your neighbor is treating for termites, this doesn’t mean that you also have termites, or that your house is for dinner. Your house does not necessarily need to be treated, but if there are active termite infestations in your neighborhood, it’s a good idea to have your home or place of business inspected. Contact Arizona Termite Control for a free termite inspection.

How quickly will termite treatment services take to eliminate my termite infestation?

The average turnaround time to completely eliminate termite infestations is in three months or less after treatment.

How often should I pay for termite treatment services?

There are a variety of factors that can and will affect the life expectancy of a termite treatment. Most modern chemicals are expected to last five years on average, and that is an average length of time to expect from a properly applied chemical barrier with no additional complications. Although it should be noted that complications do frequently get into the way for home or business owners. The type of soil, the effectiveness of the particular treatment, the home design, and home construction all play a roll in determining the length and effectiveness of the termite treatment services.

It is a good idea to have your home inspected annually after you have had a termite infestation. As part of the eradication services, it is important that the company you utilize for your termite control will also suggest and implement any changes needed to prevent future termite outbreaks. Getting annual inspections and learning what to look for in regards to termite infestations can help prevent damage and unnecessary expenses in the future.

Written by Alan Ferguson

Alan Ferguson

Hello! My name is Alan Ferguson and I am an expert on the elimination of termites. He graduated in Harvard Business School, and now I care about people whose homes are attacked by pests.