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Most Effective Termite Treatment Options In Arizona

Saturday, August 18th, 2018

Termites and their treatment are often a source of confusion with customers. Which company, which product, which technique vary greatly from company to company. Let’s demystify the process and make your decision process much clearer. (more…)

How To Know How Much A Termite Treatment Will Cost You

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

If you are a homeowner who is concerned that your house may be infested with termites, or a recent inspection has uncovered evidence of an infestation, it is normal to be worried about how much it will cost you to treat your home and get rid of these pests. While you can take it as a given that the money you spend on pest control will be less than repairing the long-term damage that termites can cause, this may be cold comfort when you are trying to fit it into your household budget. Today we are discussing different factors that may tend to make a treatment more expensive as well as certain residential advantages that would make a termite treatment more affordable. (more…)

What Is A Wood Destroying Insect Inspection Report (WDIIR)?

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

If you are thinking about buying or selling a home in the Tucson, Arizona area, you need to be aware of a little-known requirement for home sale, wood destroying insect inspection reports (WDIIRs) are a seldom-understood but vital step in the home-buying process. Some previous owners have failed to disclose damage to their homes from termite infestations or have pleaded ignorance after the sale is final. As a result, the Arizona Department of Agriculture (AZDA) has created a form for a formal inspection that will give peace of mind to both parties in a real estate transaction. (more…)

AZ Homeowner’s Worst Nightmare Termites: Are They Destroying Your House?

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

Many Arizona homeowners don’t realize that their home’s structural integrity is being compromised, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, as silent and hidden termites eat away at the wood inside. Wooden surfaces may be left intact by termite activity, belying the fact that just underneath, hollowed out tunnels house termite colonies containing somewhere between 60,000 and two million insects. Even though there are huge numbers of insects, rapidly boring through any wood in your home, there is often no visible sign of a termite infestation. When there are warning signs, they generally involve emerging swarms or the presence of mud tubes. (more…)

Are You at Risk of Pest Infestation During the Termite Monsoon?

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

As a resident of Tucson, Arizona, you might have heard of the reference to the monsoon season as the termite monsoon because it marks the onset of swarms of termites. Generally, you can detect swarms of termites just before a rainstorm. Termites are greatly favored by the moisture of the monsoon weather which is characterized by torrential rainfall. Although termites pose no real threat to human beings, they are responsible for tremendous damage to residential properties every year. The termite monsoon is the prime time for termites since they are most active during this season. Typically, they invade home structures in gigantic swarms to feed their insatiable appetites. Here are some critical facts about termites that you should be aware of as a homeowner: (more…)

July is Termite Monsoon Season: What Tucson, AZ Homeowners Need to Know

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

The monsoon season in Arizona begins on June 15th and ends on September 30th. During the summer, winds shift from the west to southeasterly airstreams, filled with moisture from California and the Gulf of Mexico.  Once the wind shift and increased moisture react with the desert heat, the phenomenon produces storms that typically include cycles of rainfall bursts with periods of light rain.   (more…)

What Can Homeowners Do to Prevent Termites?

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

It has been said that there are two types of homes in Southern Arizona – those with termites and those who will get them. This is a rather cynical view of the challenges surrounding the fate of your home. The fact of the matter is that the specific type of termite we have is very active, and tunnels like crazy, leaving evidence of its efforts to seek out food everywhere. However, there are some basic steps we can take as homeowners to keep termites less interested in our homes as a potential food source. (more…)

Subterranean Termite Treatment Products

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Termite treatment used to be easy. You grabbed your favorite DDT related termite control product, drilled some holes twenty-four to thirty-six inches apart and injected the product under the concrete slab – problem solved. Despite its other nasty side effects, it was a fantastic tool in the battle against termites. (more…)

10 Things You Must Know About Termites In Arizona

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

Termites are a very real concern in Arizona, as much of the state sits on top of one of the most active subterranean termite ‘belts’ in North America. We are also home to the drywood termite, making it almost inevitable for most homeowners to have a run-in with these invasive and highly destructive pests.

Here’s What You Need To know About Termites in Arizona

  1. Are Termites Common In Arizona?

It can be tough to wrap your brain around just how prevalent Arizona termites truly are. Statewide, there are an estimated 3 to 5 termite colonies per acre of land. Recent studies in the Tucson area show a staggering 12 to 18 colonies per acre. When you realize that each and every colony can contain upwards of 100,000 individual termites, you can begin to see the enormity of the problem.

  1. How Much Can Termite Damage Cost?

Across the United States, termites cause more property damage than tornadoes, earthquakes, and fires combined. Depending on how severe your infestation is, it could cost from a few hundred to tens of thousands of dollars to repair your home. And termites don’t just destroy wood. Important paperwork, memorabilia, photographs, and even pool liners are all at risk for termite damage.

  1. How Do You Know If You Have Termite Damage?

One of the surest signs of a termite infestation is a swarm, or signs of a recent swarm. On a warm day or evening in the late spring or early summer, thousands of young termites leave the nest looking for a mate and a new home. They fly in tightly packed clouds known as swarms for a short time before dropping their wings and moving to their new location. Check your windowsills for droppings and discarded wings, which are clues to a recent swarm.

Other signs include wood that sounds hollow when tapped, mud tubes roughly the width of a pencil, and floors that are spongy or blistered. If you notice any of these potential indicators, call a termite specialist right away.

  1. Types of Termites In Arizona

Subterranean termites are the most common in Arizona. Tiny but aggressive, they use mud tubes to reach above ground wood, and once they enter your home, they chew through wood and drywall at an alarming pace.

Drywood termites pose a unique risk, because they do not require as much moisture as subterranean termites. Instead, they can live undetected inside wooden structures for long periods. By the time you notice clues to their presence, such as dried out wood pellets that have overflowed from their tunnel, large portions of your wood will already be unsalvageable.

  1. Biology and Habits

Subterranean termites have a relatively large range and massive colonies beneath the soil. They invade homes in search of food, and can enter through even the tiniest cracks.

Drywood termites build their homes inside pieces of wood, and their colonies are typically much smaller than those of subterranean termites. They typically find entry through poor joint work in the corners and ends of wooden structures, and do not need to return to the ground for any reason.

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How To Protect Your Home From Termite Damage

  1. Home Inspection

Regular inspection by a certified professional is absolutely critical to preventing a termite infestation. At University Termite & Pest Control Inc., we provide free, no-obligation inspections. If no termites are found, your inspector will make suggestions for keeping your home termite-free. If an infestation is discovered, your inspector will review treatment options with you. Either way, it is important to be armed with the facts.

  1. How Do I Get Rid Of Termites In My House?

Depending on the type of termites you have and the severity of the infestation termite treatment options vary from aggressive to conservative. For example, a minor subterranean termite infestation might be treated by establishing a below-ground chemical barrier and instituting a customized monitoring protocol. Termite treatment cost

  1. Prevention Options

Your termite inspector will identify cracks and crevices where termites can gain entry to your home, and provide recommendations for improving sealing. In addition, barrier products placed in the soil create a repellant line that termites cannot cross. In many cases, it is best to use a multi-pronged approach to keeping termites away.

  1. Can You Treat for Termites Yourself?

Many homeowners are do-it-yourself experts, and believe that a DIY approach to termite eradication is the best solution. However, this is never the best choice. The termites that you can locate are often only the tip of the iceberg, and pest professionals have specialized equipment that allows them to find and treat the colony. In addition, professional grade chemicals are often more effective than hardware store choices. Finally, many homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover termite damage. It is critical to get rid of the termites on the first try to minimize costly repairs.

  1. How to Choose a Termite Professional

Your termite professional should be a true expert, with documented knowledge and experience. He or she should use the latest methodologies, products, and treatment protocols, and should be able to explain the treatment protocol step by step and answer any questions you might have. Finally, a good pest control company stands behind its work with a solid, written warranty.

Termites are a fact of life in Arizona, but there is no reason that they should destroy your home. Professional inspection, preventive protocols, and quick eradication of infestations are the keys to protecting your investment.

If you are ready to take the first steps toward defending your home and family against pests, we invite you to contact  University Termite & Pest Control Inc. Click here to schedule a free initial inspection and consultation. We are always happy to answer any questions you might have!

 

5 Ways to Tell if You Have Termites

Friday, November 13th, 2015

The Monsoon season brings with it many things…the smell of creosote wafts through the air, the temperature drops like a rock and the sunsets are unrivaled because of the clouds our seasonal rains bring. Along with the rain, Southern Arizona also sees a huge increase in Subterranean Termite activity.

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