What Are The Various Types of Termites in Arizona?

Our beautiful state has many varieties of a lot of species and bugs are no different. Just think about it – we have different types of  wasps, ants, beetles, and of course termites. The different types of termites in Arizona are all dangerous to your property and even yourself and loved one. Arizona termites are small, ant-like insects that have lived on Earth for over 250 million years, feeding on wood and serving an important function in nature by converting dead trees into organic matter. However, these wood-destroying insects also can cause extensive damage to homes and businesses.

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 are 10 things you must know about termites in Arizona.

In the Real Estate world and maybe out side of it as well, Termites in Arizona are known as “the silent destroyers” because they hide in your walls, ceilings and foundation growing their community and thriving in your basement or yard without any immediate signs of damage.  Living in colonies that, at maturity, number from several hundred to several million individuals, termites are generally grouped according to their feeding behavior. Their eating habits determine how we categorize them such names are subterranean, soil-feeding, drywood, dampwood, and grass-eating termites.

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Here in Scottsdale, Cave Creek, Carefree areas in Arizona, we face 2 of the most problematic termites in Arizona; the subterranean and drywood.  These termites are probably the most destructive insect pests causing on average an estimated $5 billion in damages and cost of control each year in the U.S. alone.

Termite Damage Statistics

  • Termites damage approximately 600,000 homes in the U.S. each year.

  • U.S. residents spend an estimated $5 billion annually to control termites and repair termite damage.

  • According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. residents spend at least $1 billion on Formosan termite control and repairs each year. Some experts estimate the number is closer to $2 billion.

Termites in Arizona – the Subterranean Termites

Subterranean termites, also referred to as “white ants” due to their pale or whitish color, cause about 95% of the termite related damage found in the United States. Subterranean termites are termites that seek shelter in the soil, which provides optimal temperatures and moisture for their survival.

A common trait of subterranean termites is their habit of building shelter tubes when they have to venture over exposed areas. These “mud tubes” are noticeable in heavy infestations, allowing the termites to cross exposed surfaces without being seen. They tunnel from the ground and come up through the slab or the outside of your home to get to the wood and paper products making up the structure.

With their method of infestation starting at the ground level, it is easier to prevent subterranean termites than drywood termite infestations.

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Termite Distribution Across The U.S.


Drywood Termites in Scottsdale

Drywood termites are social insects that live in colonies in sound, dry wood. Unlike subterranean termites, drywood termites require no contact with the soil or with any other source of moisture. This has enabled them to adapt well to human habitation, finding an ideal habitat in the dry wooden frames, beams, and furniture in homes and buildings from which they derive their nutrition from the cellulose in the wood.

Drywood termites enter structures through attic or foundation vents, directly through or under wood shingles, under eaves and fascia boards, and through natural cracks, checks and joints in exposed wood trim, window and door frames and sills.

Drywood termite colonies tend to be much smaller than subterranean termite colonies, but can be detected by the presence of their feces pellet. The characteristic drywood termite feces pellets can usually be seen accumulated as piles around infested wood and are usually the first evidence of a drywood termite infestation.


Termites in North Phoenix

Termites are active and widespread across Arizona, including Cave Creek, which means the potential for termite damage is considered significant. It is essential to maintain an effective termite control program. If you own a home, talk to a Rick Dyer About Time Pest Control expert about getting a termite inspection and methods to help protect your home from termite infestations and damage.

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