I think my home or business has a termite infestation. What do I do next?

Time is of the essence, as termites will continue to multiply and silently destroy your home or business from the inside out indefinitely. It is important to contact a termite professional immediately in order to inquire about a termite inspection. The termite professionals at Arizona Termite Control provide a free in-home or in-office termite inspection

What time of year are termites most common?

Once a termite colony has established itself in your home or business, these termites will continue to plague your home or business year round. However, termite populations tend to increase in activity and colony expansion during the warm summer months. In Arizona particularly, termite activity tends to increase during the warm summer months, as the increased levels of humidity caused by monsoon storms provides an ideal environment for breeding and nesting.

What can I do to prevent termites from infesting my house?

There are several steps that any home or business owner can take to prevent termite infestations in their home or place of business. It is in your best interest to have a termite professional implement a termite control program before you notice an infestation.

  • Remove all wood debris from around your home or place of business especially after new construction and building remodeling. This includes tree stumps, stacked firewood, or pieces of lumber lying near the foundation of the building
  • Since termites thrive in moist environments, to prevent termite infestations you can grade the soil around the foundation of your home or place of business so that it carries water away from the foundation. Maintaining gutters and downspouts is also critical in keeping water away from your foundation.

When is the best time to treat for termites?

The ideal time to treat for termites is before they infest your home or place of business. Termite control is a process, and a treatment plan should be put into place to avoid an infestation and consequent costly repairs.

I live in a stucco home. Should I be concerned with termite prevention, control and treatment?

Many home or business owners of the popular southwest style stucco building are lured into a false sense of security regarding termite infestations. Contrary to what many individuals believe, the way that stucco style buildings and homes are designed provides an environment conducive to termite infestations. The stucco exterior finish on your home or business often extends beneath the level of the soil around the exterior of the structure. Due to this extra extension, a space is created between the foundation and the stucco finish, and this is what creates a doorway for termites to enter your home undetected. Additionally, many stucco style homes or buildings are built with “synthetic” stucco finishes,which include a base layer of foam boarding. This type of exterior finish also extends beneath the soil level, and once the termites access this foam, they are free to move around anywhere around the structure. This type of exterior finish is also well known as being easily prone to allowing moisture in, which will provide a perfect breeding ground for termites once they enter the residence.

Written by Alan Ferguson

Alan Ferguson

Hello! My name is Alan Ferguson and I am an expert on the elimination of termites. He graduated in Harvard Business School, and now I care about people whose homes are attacked by pests.