Relax...Breathe...it will be OK!
Surprising to some out of state Buyers, subterranean termites are common in the Valley of the Sun. In Arizona we have a saying: "you either have termites, had termites, or will get termites". But they are avoidable and usually no cause for panic. Here are a few tips!
When purchasing a home:
Have a licensed pest inspector check out the home for termites, during your inspection period.
If the home has termites, it does not mean you need to immediately cancel the purchase. Often, termite treatment is one of the few repairs that will be performed by the bank on a Lender Owned home. So even if the property is sold AS IS, your agent should inquire about this option. Discuss with the termite expert the degree of damage, and what can be done to eliminate the termites. Normally the exterminator will guarantee the work for a year or more.
After you move in:
Never stack wood next to your house.
Keep an eighteen inch space between the outside of the house and any landscaping.
Do not nail a wood lattice to your home, where a portion of the wood is in the dirt, and another section connected to your home. This will provide a roadway into your house.
Your home should have a concrete foundation, as opposed to a wood foundation.
Do not construct a planter next to your house, where your home serves as one wall of the planter, and dirt is piled against your house.
Have your home regularly (at least annually) checked for termites.
Avoid over-watering around the perimeter of your home, it will wash away any pesticides used to keep the termites away.
If you'd like a referral for a quality pest inspector let us know!