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Why Does Arizona Have Termites?

August 29th, 2016

subterranean termites love the desert. cactuses against the mountain with a sunset background.

Every day, we take risks. Having that chocolate peanut butter doughnut or jaywalking are small risks we might take. Yet most of us are taking a risk that not only can destroy your home, it can devastate your bank account—and you’re not even aware of it.

Yep, we’re talking about termites, those tiny little wood-eating insects that can slowly, quietly turn your peaceful home into their food source.

When we think about where termites live, we often think of tropical regions, with constant rain and plant vegetation. We don’t have that kind of weather here, though, so why do we have termites?

According to a study by the University of Arizona, there are actually 18 species of termites in Arizona.

“Scientists have placed all the termites into three broad categories based on their habitat: dampwood, drywood, and subterranean. In Arizona, dampwood and drywood termites are not widespread problems but can be under certain conditions. Subterranean termites, on the other hand, are considered one of our major urban pests.”

Clearly, subterranean termites are the biggest threat to homes and buildings in Phoenix. These underground destructive pests build exploratory mud tubes from the soil and other debris in their attempt to find moisture and wood to eat.

The Perfect Climate

The desert subterranean termite is one of the most prolific and dangerous insects that can destroy your family home. These pests live and thrive in desert plants, including dying or dead cactus, trees, and other timber structures.

Drip irrigation provides the much-needed moisture to enable termites to survive the summer heat, and our mild winter rains create an explosion in termite growth.

All of these conditions can eventually lead to a devastating infestation in your home.

An Unknown Threat

Imagine that you have just found the house of your dreams, the one in the right location and at the right price. You are careful on your walk through, paying attention to every detail. You place an offer; the seller accepts.

Contracts are signed, keys are exchanged, and you and your family have a wonderful new home! A year later, you discover your house is infested with termites. Your dream home has now turned into a nightmare as the repairs to your home and treatments spiral out of control.

How to Avoid Surprises

When you purchase a home in Phoenix, a termite inspection must be completed. This is in addition to your normal home inspection, to look for the potential threat of termites.

If you are in the market for a new home, or are planning to sell the home you have, then protect yourself by scheduling a professional termite inspection.

Budget Brothers has you covered, and we will help you keep your investment safe!

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