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Are termites making you sick?

May 5th, 2021

Are termites making you sick?

Unlike many pests, termites aren’t known to carry or transmit diseases to humans. They can bite or “sting” you, but you shouldn’t get sick from termites’ bites or stings. However, there’s evidence that termites making you sick can occur in Arizona households.


Have you ever heard of a “sick” house? Some homes harbor bacteria in the air or water supply (or both). Termites can make a house “sick” and that can affect your health.

Termites making you sick is a possibility if you have or even treated a termite infestation. Termites are attracted to moisture. If you have behind-the-walls moisture damage, the airborne mold spores can make you quite ill.

Termite nests have sawdust-like wood particles and fecal droppings. The airborne bacteria from termite nests are carried throughout your home. This can cause air quality-related illnesses in infants, the elderly, and people with chronic diseases. Those with allergies and asthma are especially at risk.

Another scenario of termites making you sick would be when you pay the bills from the property damage repairs. What’s that queasy feeling in the pit of your stomach? It’s you telling yourself you could have avoided this big expense and stress. You should have invested a little money in termite preventive treatments.


Many pest companies claim they have “the best” termite treatments, but we have 25 years of experience eliminating hardy Arizona termites. We’ve tried other treatments and we’re committed to the effectiveness of Altriset.

Small children and pets are more susceptible to airborne contaminants. That’s why Phoenix-area families ask for pesticide alternatives to dangerous chemicals. We want our homes and commercial properties termite-free, but we also want our children and pets safe from toxins. The Altriset formula is environmentally friendly and the way it works is interesting:

The active ingredient is Chlorantraniliprole, which was developed by DuPont. It targets a very specific part of the termites’ muscles. The product slowly passes throughout the colony from termite-to-termite, causing total colony elimination. Within hours, your termite infestation is history.


Storm damages cost United States homeowners $25.4 billion annually. But termites cause $30 billion in damage every year. The data is fairly shocking:

  • $3,000 – The average cost of home repairs due to termite damage
  • $5 billion – The cumulative amount homeowners spend on termite control and elimination services plus repair from termite damage
  • 600,000 – How many homes are damaged by termites every year

Subterranean termites are the greatest culprits. They have 6 subspecies and the one we manage is the desert termite of Arizona, California, and Nevada.


In Arizona, termite prevention is the key to protecting your property. Termite prevention treatments are recurring pest control services (monthly, every other month, or quarterly).

Budget Brothers Termite & Pest Elimination offers:

  • Free estimates and no-hassle phone quotes
  • New construction termite pretreatments
  • Termite inspections for escrow
  • Termite treatments with the best warranty and price

Termites making you sick isn’t something you need. For warranted termite elimination and prevention, contact Budget Brothers Termite & Pest Elimination, the most experienced, effective termite professionals for Maricopa County and surrounding communities.

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