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Posts Tagged ‘termites’

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…)

4 Easy Ways To Rid Your Home Of Ants

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

Ants may be famous for ruining picnics, but they don’t make good houseguests, either! While these industrious insects are beneficial to the environment, the same cannot be said for your home. Dealing with ant infestations can be more difficult than many other pests for a variety of reasons. If you find ants returning time and time again to your kitchen you may be in desperate need of expert pest control tips on how to get rid of these unwelcome visitors. (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…)

Five Arizona Pest Control Myths

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

Four of the worst pests for Arizona homeowners are rodents, termites, bed bugs and cockroaches. Keeping your house protected from these pests is important, but many owners use methods of prevention that are based on myths, founded on faulty knowledge of the facts. Following are five myths about these pests, widely accepted by the general public as true, and the real facts, based on scientific research. (more…)

Insects, Arachnids, and Rats… Oh, My!

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Residents of Arizona are used to cohabitating with the creatures of the desert. After all, the desert usually begins right where your yard ends. They may be cute little buggers when you see them out in the sands, but they can bring potentially lethal health problems and even damage the structure of your home.

Here are some pro tips on how to handle encounters with Arizona’s worst desert pests. (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…)

Termites vs. Ants – How Can you Tell the Difference?

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Along with our monsoons, Southern Arizona will be enjoying all the benefits that this time of year brings to the desert. Creosote will permeate the air, spectacular sunsets and sunrises will greet us each day and when the perfect circumstances line up, massive swarms of tens of thousands of flying insects will show up in our yards. (more…)

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