The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain. Not true for Arizona. The monsoons bring rain to all parts of the state. With the added moisture in the ground, the termites flourish in Arizona. The subterranean termites need moisture to survive and thrive. The termites build tubes of mud and excrement to travel in. These termite tubes, also known as tunnels or trails, help them retain the moisture needed for their survival. In fact, subterranean termites need to return to the soil every twenty four to forty eight hours to replenish the moisture lost as they forage.
What does this mean to you and your home? With Arizona having between fourteen and sixteen colonies per acre, it means a lot. You should pay close attention to your home this time of year. Walk the exterior of your home to see if there are signs of a termite infestation. The main sign to look for are the termite tubes mentioned earlier. Most often the termite tubes are found on the base or stem wall of a structure. The termite tubes will be going from the ground, up the stem wall, to the underside of the stucco where they enter and start consuming the wood of your home. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this inspection or you want a second opinion, give Stormin’ Norman Termite and Pest Control a call. We will be happy to come out and do a free termite inspection, and be available to answer any questions you may have.