Archive | October 2012

Termites in AZ

Here are some things that buyers should look for:

      1. Cracks in foundation walls. It only takes a crack 1/64 of an inch wide to give termites and other wood destroying insects hidden access to a house.
      2. Leaking pipes and faucets. Termites as well as other insects, seek out moisture for survival. Leaking pipes can keep wood and soil continually damp and create a perfect home for termites.
      3. Wood debris around and under a house. Pieces of scrap lumber or firewood kept next to a structure can support a colony of termites.
      4. Sprinkler systems or bubblers placed near the outside wall of a structure. Excessive watering can attract termites to the structure.
      5. Flower planters. Planters allow hidden and direct access to unprotected siding and cracked stucco when built in direct contact with a house.
      6. Trellises and wooden fences. If a trellis or wood fence touches soil and is in contact with a structure, it provides a direct link between the subterranean termites in the soil and wood in the structure.


Termites are very common here in AZ and should not prevent you from purchasing a house.  If you do not have termites at time of purchase you will one day.  For those of you new to AZ, this may seem like a big deal but it is not.  Make sure to have it treated once you find them and then keep the warranty effective

This is what the trail that they make looks like