Hearing about termites in a home in the Midwest where I previously lived, made me run not walk away from a house. Those little buggers could do some massive damage and I’ll never forget the time I walked into the kitchen of a house where the floor was practically non-existent because it was infested with termites. The kind of termites you’ll find in Fountain Hills, are less invasive and not much to worry about if treated properly.
Subterranean termites are the most common and live underground. They build distinctive “mud tubes” to gain access to a food source and also to protect themselves from open air. They are very tiny and eating through our hard dry wood is a real effort. Subterranean termites would not be expected to create significant damage in a few months time, but rather over an extended period of time if left untreated. The treatment is drilling small holes around the home’s perimeter and then injecting a pesticide to kill the termites.
The other kind of termite found in Arizona is the dry wood termite. The are larger and build their colonies in the wood, the more they eat the bigger the space they create which allows them to form bigger colonies, therefore creating more damage. This require a more invasive treatment and can sometimes lead to tenting a home and fumigating. Thank goodness this is not a common practice in the Phoenix area.
Read more on how to avoid termites in your Arizona home.
Besides getting a professional home inspection, I would suggest you schedule a termite inspection when purchasing a home in Fountain Hills, Scottsdale or the surrounding area.
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