Termites in the “hood” could be in your wood

Termites in the “hood” could be in your wood

Neighborhoods all over Tucson are packed with wonderful homes filled with “mostly” wonderful and conscientious homeowners. Unfortunately, many of those wonderful homes are also packed with not so wonderful termites. When my wife and I purchased our first home in Tucson, I knew absolutely nothing about termites. Needless to say I was shocked and appalled when the inspector informed our realtor that the home my wife so desperately wanted had an “infestation.” “How could that be?” I scoffed.  “This is unacceptable,” I told our realtor. The savvy elder gentlemen smiled and calmly said, “Termites usually come with the territory.” And so began my education into the not so wonderful world of termites and homes.

Subterranean, drywood and dampwood termites are just three of seventeen species found in America, but they are responsible for most of the damage done to homes like yours in Arizona. It is the subterranean termite that wreaks the most havoc on our urban and residential homes. It is considered to be one of America’s major pest problems. Termites are generally found in tropical regions all over the world. In nature, they are responsible for recycling wood. In our cities, suburbs and rural communities, they have taken on the responsibility of recycling too many of our homes. Termites damage approximately 600,000 homes in the U.S. each year. American residents spend nearly $5 billion every year to battle these pests and repair the destruction the cause.

And while experts are quick to point out that not all homes in Arizona are infested, it is better to be safe than sorry. On average, homeowners who find termite damage will spend around $3,000 to make repairs. Attempting to control termites with a positive do-it-yourself attitude is rarely recommended.

If you already have a pest control service you may want to contact them for an inspection if you haven’t had one in a while. If you are a new homeowner, and you haven’t already, have your home inspected because if they are in the “hood” the may be in your wood.

http://extension.arizona.edu/sites/extension.arizona.edu/files/pubs/az1356.pdf

http://www.termites.com/information/statistics/

http://www.termites.com/information/statistics/recent-statistics-about-termite-damage/

 

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