The historic monsoon brings an active termite season


TUCSON, Arizona (KOLD News 13) – Monsoon 2021 brought us our third wettest monsoon on record, but it also provides vital moisture to a specific monsoon pest: termites.

These little mistakes can cost you thousands of dollars in home repairs.

“October and November are usually the busiest months for us and this year has been very busy with the amount of rain we have had. We haven’t seen a year like this in a long time, ”said Josh Tennenbaum, Operations Manager at Arizona Pest Control.

Experts say the influx of termites this year was expected because of the overactive monsoons. Many people may not know they have a termite problem, but there are ways to scare them off.

“Keep moisture, clutter, dead leaves, and also try to keep the” J “junction of the structure free so you can actually check out the areas where the termites show up,” Tennenbaum said.

Arizona Pest Control says now is the time to thoroughly inspect your home, but remember that without an expert, you can only visually inspect about 10% of your home.

Typically, we see two types of termites in Arizona: underground and dry wood.

“Subterranean ones are the ones that do the most damage in Arizona. These are the most problematic types. The dry wood can also cause significant damage, but most of the time they damage the wood. They do not cause any damage to the structure, ”said entomologist Dr. Shaku Nair from UA.

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.

″ It can easily cost thousands of dollars, worth about $ 3,000 to $ 4,000. If it’s not noticed at the right time, they sometimes have to replace entire parts of the building, ”said Nair.

Underground termites are considered relentless. So, as the saying goes, either you have termites or you are going to get them.

Dr. Nair suggests having your home inspected by professionals after the monsoons to proactively prevent long-term damage.

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