Arizona Termites: A Concern for Homeowners

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Termites are a persistent and formidable threat to homeowners across the United States, and Arizona is no exception. With our unique climate and landscape, the state harbors a particularly active subterranean termite belt that poses a risk to properties. From their habits and types to prevention and treatment options, understanding these destructive pests is essential for protecting your investment.

Termites’ Active Season: August to November

The period from August to November marks the prime activity season for termites in Arizona. During these months, the warm temperatures and increased humidity provide the ideal conditions for termite swarms and infestations. Subterranean termites, the most common type in Arizona, become highly active during this time, seeking out new food sources and potential nesting sites.

Understanding the Threat: Types of Termites Termite Differences

Two main types of termites pose threats to Arizona homeowners: subterranean termites and drywood termites.

Subterranean Termites: These tiny yet aggressive insects construct massive colonies beneath the soil. They utilize mud tubes to access above-ground wood, and once inside a home, they consume wood and drywall at an alarming rate.

Drywood Termites: These pests differ from their subterranean counterparts in that they don’t require as much moisture. They can inhabit wooden structures for extended periods without detection. Recognizing their presence becomes difficult until significant damage has already occurred.

Recognizing Termite Damage

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Identifying termite infestations and damage is crucial to early intervention. Some telltale signs include:

                  • Swarms: Look for swarms of winged termites on warm days or evenings. Droppings and discarded wings are indicators of recent swarms.
                  • Hollow-Sounding Wood: Tap on wood surfaces; if they sound hollow, termites might be eating away at them from the inside.
                  • Mud Tubes: Thin, pencil-width mud tubes on walls or surfaces indicate subterranean termite activity
                  • Blistered Floors: Floors that appear blistered or spongy might be a result of termite damage.

Preventing and Managing Termite Infestationstermite damage2

  • Regular Inspections: Schedule regular inspections by certified professionals to catch infestations early and implement preventive measures. 
  • Treatment Options: Depending on the severity and type of infestation, treatment approaches can range from conservative to aggressive. Consult with experts to determine the most suitable solution.
  • Prevention Measures: Sealing cracks and crevices, using barrier products in the soil, and addressing moisture issues help prevent termite entry.
  • Professional Intervention: DIY solutions often fall short, as termites can be elusive. Pest professionals possess the necessary tools and knowledge for effective eradication. At AZ Property Inspections, we provide a Wood-Destroying Insect Inspection Report (WDIIR), also known as a termite inspection report, which is a document prepared only by a licensed pest control business that informs the lending institution and buyer about termites, termite damage and other issues relating to termites.
  • Choosing a Termite Expert: Select a knowledgeable and experienced professional who uses up-to-date methodologies and offers solid warranties for their work. AZ Property Inspections is a Business Licensee/Qualifying Party of the Dept of Agriculture which means we are fully independent of all termite rumination companies and we submit all termite reports directly to the AZ Department of Agriculture’s Pest Management Division. All AZ Property Inspectors are certified to conduct termite inspections according to the standards of the Arizona State Department of Agriculture – Pest Management Division.

Preventing Termite Damage in New Builds

For new construction, it’s vital to consider termite prevention from the outset. Here’s what you should know:

  • Pre-Construction Treatment: Applying chemical barriers before or during construction helps create a defense against subterranean termites.
  • Soil Treatment: Proper termiticide application by licensed operators helps maintain the barrier’s efficacy.
  • Ongoing Monitoring: The pest control company must be contacted if any alterations disturb the soil or concrete slab, to ensure the barrier’s integrity is upheld.

Termite inspectionProtecting Your Investment

As the seasons transition from August to November, Arizona homeowners face a heightened risk from the relentless onslaught of termites. These destructive pests don’t discriminate, posing a threat to both new and established properties. By understanding their behavior, recognizing signs of infestation, and enlisting professional expertise, you can effectively safeguard your investment. Take action today to protect your home from these relentless pests now and in the future.

AZ Property Inspections offers termite inspections state-wide including Phoenix and Tucson. Give us a call today at (480) 283-5642 to learn how our property inspections can help protect your investment, and/ or check out our services page to learn more. 

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