Termites in Arizona

Yes. There are termites all over the state of Arizona. Home owners should be vigilant in making sure their investment stays termite free. Below are some useful tips and important knowledge about dealing with termites in Arizona.

What you need to know about Arizona Termites

The two most common termites we find in AZ are the subterranean, and drywood termite. While both can damage home it is important to be aware of the difference. Subterranean termites live and nest in the ground, while drywood termites reside inside the wood they are eating. These distinctions result in varying points of attack on your home. Subterranean termites construct mud tubes to tunnel through the soil and enter your home. Regardless of which type you suspect you have, it can mean destructive damage if left alone.

Are Termites common in AZ?

  • Termites in Arizona are much more common than people think. The most common type of termite we see here are subterranean termites. Termites are so prevalent in Arizona that when a new home is built it must have a termite pre-treatment. These are typically good for about 3 years before you might need another booster treatment. At a minimum, have a licensed termite control company inspect your property periodically. We recommend once a year and we even include inspection when a termite warranty is purchased. The old saying is true, when it comes to termites in Arizona, “It’s not a matter of IF you’ll get them, but WHEN.” 

Why are termites in Arizona a Problem?

  • Termites although small in size can cause big damage to homes in AZ. Termites cost U.S. property owners over $5 billion dollars each year. Around 600,000 residential homes are affected. The average cost to repair termite damage is $3,300. Formosan and subterranean termites account for 90% of all termite damage.Arizona homeowners dread the word termites, because they know how much damage can be created when these pests are left unchecked.

How are Termites Treated in Arizona?

  • The majority of termite treatments in Arizona are liquid treatments of the soil around the house. Some termite companies prefer bait stations while other will utilize both methods. For liquid treatments, non-repellents often are injected around a home’s foundation. Termites do not detect non repellents, and so they don’t try to avoid the affected area. 

What To Do About Termites in AZ

Once you are ready to contact a termite company, make sure they are reputable. They should also guarantee and warranty their work. Be leery of any pest control company quoting significantly lower than the rest. Often they are using products that are hazardous or inferior. You don’t want someone who will cut corners while treating for termites. Your home is your biggest investment so don’t roll the dice when it comes to termites in Arizona. Contact us today for a free inspection and quote. Call us for a free inspection! If you are selling your home, we typically charge $75 for a WDIR termite home inspection.

5 Signs of an Arizona Termite Infestation

It’s is important to know if your home has termites. Especially if it’s been a long time since you’ve had your home inspected for termites. Below are 5 common signs of termites in Arizona. (Pictures Included)

Termite Mud Tubes in AZ
Subterranean termites, the most common termite in AZ species, build mud tubes to create moisture while they go between their colony and food source. Mud tubes are often found near the home’s foundation.

Damaged Wood

Termites typically eat wood from the inside out, so wood that sounds hollow when tapped can mean a termite infestation. Homeowners should also look for blistering pieces of wood.

Uneven or Bubbling Paint

Uneven or bubbling paint is often a sign of moisture build up, which could mean one of two things – water damage or termites.

frass from termites
Termites produce wood-colored droppings (Known as Frass) as they eat through wood. If find a pile of pellets inside or outside the home, it could be a sign of a drywood termite infestation.
frass from termites
Termite swarmers, or their discarded wings are found usually near windowsills and doors, are often the first (and only outwardly visible) sign of a termite problem.
Signs of Termite Activity in your home

Termites are a big problem in Arizona cities. Expertise and experience are crucial when choosing a pest control company to treat termites in Phoenix. Ask about our free termite inspection! 

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