Know When to Be Vigilant and Prepared
According to the University of Arizona, termites are the “number one urban pest” in our fair state. These voracious pests can chew through the wood that supports our homes, destroying our walls and foundation. Although they’re a constant presence in infested homes, there tends to be a “termite season” in Arizona. If you’re worried about the presence of termites in your home, you’ll want to know when you run the highest risk of hosting a new infestation.
Does Arizona Have a “Termite Season?”
The termites that do the most damage in our neck of the woods tend to be active and mobile for about eight months out of the year. This period basically coincides with the cool and wet seasons. Within this active season, termite colonies practice breeding behavior known as “swarming.” New colonies are most likely to form during this time.
Depending on what the weather is up to in any given year, activity usually picks up in August or September and continues through March. During drier, warmer years, this active period may be delayed until later in the fall. In wet years that feature an early start to the monsoon season, it’s not unheard-of for the activity to pick up in July. That’s why it’s important to remain vigilant in all but the driest, hottest months.
If you’re worried that your home is at risk for a termite infestation, you can take some preventative measures:
- Avoid stacking wood or wood-based products near your home’s walls and foundation
- Ensure that rainwater drains away from your house, not towards it
- Put barriers around the base of your home to ensure that there are at least six inches between the ground and any wood siding or design elements on your home’s exterior walls
- Of course, a suspected termite infestation can be a serious problem. If you find evidence of termites in your home, contact Cummings Termite and Pest to stop the termites in their destructive tracks.
Although termites are more active during swarming season and periods when the soil’s moisture content is high, their destructive habits can impact Arizona homeowners and business owners at any time of year. If you’re dealing with an infestation that you’d like controlled or removed, we’re happy to give you the support you require.