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Two Kinds Of Homes In Tucson: Ones With Termites And Ones That Will Get Them.

Real Estate Broker/Owner with KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate

In Tucson, there are two kinds of homes – ones that have termites – and ones that will get them.  Not a termite expert, but the common termites in Tucson are subterranean and flying ones (which if you live in Tucson long enough – you’ll see them around monsoon season ) – that go after dry wood.  Tucson is very dry and so the most common termite is the dry wood one!

Buyers get nervous when they hear an inspector say, “The house has termites.”  Thoughts and visions of the 2 x 4’s crashing down around them come to mind.  But rarely, will that happen.  What most commonly happens is damage in studs – mostly on exterior porches and replacing those boards and doing a termite treatment tends to fix the issue.

Here’s how to spot termites:

  • Termites work all the time - but the best time to easily spot them is during monsoon season (May though July) – you’ll see them flying around or they’ll come up from the ground.
  • When termites are actively working – you’ll see small brown tunnels hanging from the ceiling – resembling brown icicles, or you’ll see brown “sand like” streaks coming up from the ground onto the interior or exterior walls.
  • What do you do?  Call a termite company to have a treatment done.  Treatment and costs depends on many things - but an average cost for an average home is between $600 and $1,000.  (In Tucson, if you are buying a home and termites are found, the entire house will have to be treated in order for it to get a “clear termite report”.)
  • If you are buying a “newly remodeled/freshly painted” home – be extra diligent in checking for termites because not all Sellers will treat termites when they see them – they just cover them up.

That said, even if the home is cleared of termites, it’s also still a good idea to consider having a termite treatment policy on the home – because it isn’t about if the house has termites – it’s about when the house will get them!

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This blog is written with my opinions and my opinions are  presented with accuracy but not guarantees. Please talk to a professional before making any real estate, financial or agency decisions.    Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind - 2014. If you want to reprint parts of this - just email me for my permission: KGCProperties@gmail.com .



Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Gab..... carpenter ants are a big item here.... often if there are ants, there are termites also.... I hate bugs of any kind.... I have spraying for ants done every year just to keep them away....

Feb 27, 2013 09:35 PM
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

Gab I so agree with you, here in Connectcut we have basements, underground rooms and yes they do get water in them all depends when.



Feb 27, 2013 10:06 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

We use the all-inclusive term, "Wood Destroying Organisms", aka WDO.   This covers flying termites, Formosan termites, powder post beetles, carpenter ants, fungus, and other plants and animals that eat houses!

Feb 27, 2013 10:09 PM
Fernando Herboso - Associate Broker MD, & VA
Maxus Realty Group of Samson Properties - Clarksburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

I guess if you don't want any termite problems. .you need to buy a mobile home. . then again, I love wood homes more so!

Feb 27, 2013 11:58 PM
Scott Larson
BHHS/Utah Properties - Park City, UT
Park City, Utah Real Estate News

We don't really have termites around here, I suspect they don't like cold weather much, but good advice.  I would have my house on a regular program to keep this problem from popping up whenever possible.

Feb 28, 2013 01:35 AM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso
Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes - Tucson, AZ
Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!

Excellent advice for those buying in Tucson.  Barbara's comment above made me remember growing up and the ant pile homes in our 5 acre "woods" were 5 feet tall!!!  I've found that once termites seem to "like" your home here in Tucson, they keep coming back...so regular treatment is really important.

Feb 28, 2013 07:04 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

In Western Washington State we don't have to worry as much about termites as we do the beetles. Don't get me wrong we still have termites however wood eating beetles seem to show up in every home inspection... 

Mar 01, 2013 05:19 AM