Termites Are a Big Problem and Big Business

The climate in Mesa, AZ, is warm and arid, making it ideal for termites. Of course, termites are not limited to Mesa; in fact, only homeowners in Antarctica do not have to worry about termite infestations. On every other continent, termites wreak havoc with their voracious appetites and 24×7 work ethic.

Termites eat wood, especially decayed wood, but they also eat cardboard, books, cotton, furniture, carpets, flooring, and window frames. While they are destroying your front porch, they maintain a very low profile, staying out of sight and doing considerable damage before you ever discover what they have done.

Of course, termites have some ecological value by recycling decayed and dead trees into soil and aerating the soil. However, it’s hard to have much sympathy for these cousins of the cockroach when they are eating part of your Mesa, AZ house. In the U.S., termites are both a big problem and an even bigger business:

  • Termites and similar pests cause an estimated $30 billion in damage to crops and man-made structures in the U.S. each year.
  • Termites damage about 600,000 homes annually.
  • A homeowner with termite damage spends an average of $3,000 in repairs.
  • The market for termite control is $2 billion.

Preventing termites is important whether you live in Mesa, AZ, or Rome, Italy. Here are suggestions to discourage termites from making their home in yours:

  • Repair damaged gutters and keep gutters clear of wet leaves. Damaged gutters can keep roof and fascias moist and attract termites.
  • Seal cracks in the foundation and in wood around the home, such as on decks and porches.
  • Keep your property clear of cardboard, boards, and construction debris.
  • Inspect the foundation around your home regularly for cracks and holes.
  • Keep shrubs pruned away from your house and foundation.
  • Stack firewood away from your home and off the ground.
  • Turn outdoor faucets off when not in use, and repair leaky faucets.

If you find termites, treat them immediately. Conventional termite control (non-organic pest control) includes pesticides sprayed around the home or baits that leave small amounts of pesticides for termites to take back to the colony. Another and safer alternative is organic pest control.

Organic pest control avoids pesticides. One method of treatment blocks termites with a barrier in the soil or walls of your home. A second method is to bait the termites. An experienced and reputable organic pest control company in Mesa, AZ can help determine the best method based on your particular situation and the type of termite involved.

Organic Pest Control Mesa AZ – Termites love the warm, arid climate of Mesa, and Arizona Organic Pest & Termite Control uses organic pest control for the Mesa, AZ environment – your best defense against Arizona termites and other pests.

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