Good question, are you sleeping with the termites in Phoenix? No, because I live in Denver. Now that the silly stuff is out of the way let us get down to the creepy stuff. There are many different kinds of termites throughout the United States but I will focus on homes here in Phoenix.
Here in Phoenix we do have termites, after all this is the desert and termites play an important ecological role, in short they help to break down decaying elements. Termite colonies live in the ground, they are blind, and they have to report back to the nest about every 12 hours. "Boy that is a useful piece of information for your next cocktail party", so the question stands, are you sleeping with the termites in Phoenix?
You very well may be if you have constructed an entryway for them to enter your home. The most efficient way to invite the termites into your home is to have, what we call, "earth to wood contact". I want to use the picture below to show you the avenue the termites can use to enter into your home. Vines, climbing plants, trestles, and tree branches resting on the roof are all roads for the termite to travel into your home. So does this mean you have a house full of uninvited guests? The answer is I do not know, but I do know there is an easy solution to you not having to put out thousands of little plates laden with yummy hor D'oeuvres for your uninvited guests.
Grab the mobile phone, make a call to a licensed termite inspector and ask for an inspection (the cost is about $75), if your home has termites then get a treatment (cost is about $500 and will take about 3 hours to perform, we do not tent homes in Phoenix), and then the BIG ONE, you need to put an air gap between those vines, climbing plants, trestles, tree branches, and your HOUSE! Termites cannot jump across the air gap, so when you want to have those grape vines and climbing roses nestled up against the side of your home, just remember to ask yourself, "are you sleeping with the termites in Phoenix"?
If you want some more information on this subject give me, Jim Miner, a call at 602-345-0433. "Boy", I bet my phone will be just one ringing machine! Hey be nice, I could have posted a picture of termites.
picture from landscapingnetwork.com