Monsoon 2021 leaves Tucson with termite problems

Experts tell you how to spot the destructive pests – Mikala Novitsky from KOLD New 13 reports

TUCSON, Arizona (KOLD / CBS News) – The 2021 monsoon brought us our third wettest monsoon on record, but it also provides vital moisture to a specific monsoon pest – termites.

“October and November are usually the busiest months for us and this year has been really busy with the amount of rain we had. We haven’t seen a year like this for a long time,” says Josh Tennenbaum of AZ Pest Control.

Experts say the influx of termites this year was expected because of the overactive monsoons. You may not always know when a termite problem is occurring on your property, but there are a few things you can do to deter them.

“Keep out moisture, clutter, dead leaves and also try to keep the structure’s J-joint free so you can actually check out the areas where the termites show up,” advises Tennenbaum.

Arizona Pest Control says now is the time to thoroughly inspect your home, but keep in mind that without an expert, you can only visually inspect about ten percent of your home. Typically, we see two types of termites in Arizona, underground and dry wood.

“Typically, the subterranean species are the ones that do the most damage in Arizona. These are the most problematic types. The dry wood can also do significant damage, but they mainly damage the wood. They don’t cause any damage to the structure, ”says Tennenbaum.

Entomologist Dr. UA’s Shaku Nair says you may not always see these pests, but you will likely see evidence of them like mud pipes and wood that has sunken or bloated.

“Tt can easily cost thousands of dollars, somewhere between three and four thousand dollars. If not noticed at the right time, they sometimes have to replace entire parts of their building,” says Dr. Nair.

Underground termites are known to be relentless, so as the saying goes – either you have termites or you will get them.

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