Termite TubeTermites and Phoenix Homes

At some point in the inspection process, a diligent buyer will need to have a termite inspection, also known as a Wood-Destroying Organism or Insect Inspection.  This typically is done at the same time as the general home inspection.  Many inspectors are also licensed to perform termite inspections which adds about $55 to the general home inspection cost. While the most common termite in Arizona is not as destructive as those found in other parts of the country, a thorough inspection is a wise choice in order to protect an asset as valuable as a home.

 Types of termites most commonly found in PhoenixImage result for termite images

Subterranean Termites Subterranean termites are the most commonly found in Arizona.  They live under ground and require large amounts of moisture. Therefore evidence of subterranean termites come in the form of “shelter tubes” from the ground extending upward to the wood source seeking cellulose. An inspection of the stem wall by inspectors is standard procedure looking for subterranean termites tubes.  Within the subterranean termites category, the most common is the arid-land subterranean termite versus the desert subterranean.

Drywood Termites Unlike subterranean termites, drywood termites live within the wood. Evidence of drywood termites is “sand like” fecal material and kick out holes on the ceiling, wall, or wood.  Treated wood during construction is one method of prevention. Drywood termites are considered non-subterranean termites, since they do not live in the ground, require no ground contact, and do not build mud shelter tubes. Drywood termites are more prevalent in costal areas.

Checking the treatment history for a house – If you would like to know about the history of termite inspections for a specific property go to Termite Treatment History Search and  enter the address.  This will give you a history of the inspections and treatment.  This is a page within the Arizona Office of Pest Management website. If you’d like to receive automatically listings of homes, click on Receive listings of homes automatically. Please describe in detail your dream home.

Termite Trivia

While we look at termites with distain because they invade and infest our homes without invitation, here are some interesting trivia facts about termites that you’ve probably never known:

Termites are actually beneficial insects, ecologically speaking. Termites are actually important decomposers. Termites break down tough plant fibers, recycling dead and decaying trees into new soil. These hungry insects are vital to the health of our forests. As they tunnel, termites also aerate and improve the soil. It just so happens that we build our homes from termite food – wood.

*Termite fathers help raise their young. You won’t find deadbeat dads in the termite mound. Unlike bee colonies, where males are short-lived and die soon after mating, the termite kings stick around. After their nuptial flight, the termite king stays with his queen, fertilizing her eggs as needed. He also shares parental duties with the queen, helping her feed their young predigested food.

* Termite workers and soldiers are almost always blind. In almost all species, both the workers and soldiers in a given termite colony are blind. Since these industrious individuals spend their lives in the confines of the dark, damp nest, they have no need to develop functional eyes. Reproductive termites are the only termites that require eyesight, since they must fly to find mates and new nest sites.

* Chemical cues guide most communication in the termite colony. Image result for termite imagesTermites use pheromones, special chemical scents, to talk to one another and control each other’s behavior. Termites leave scent trails to guide other workers using special glands on their chests. Each colony produces a distinct scent, identified by a chemical on their cuticles. In some species, the queen can even control the growth and role of her young by feeding her pheromone-laden poop.

Trivia information supplied by www.insects.about.com

Serious home buyers  should always have a Wood-Destroying Organism or Insect Inspection performed. This is a fancy way to say termite inspection.   This should be performed along side a general home inspection which is part of the due diligence process carried out during the inspection period.

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 2,005 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,018 sq ft
Added: 10/13/17, Last Updated: 11/20/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5673864
Community: STONEBRIDGE LAKES ESTATES UNIT
Tract: STONEBRIDGE LAKES ESTATES UNIT
Status: Active


This home is a rare find in the beautiful lake community of Stonebridge Lakes Estates. There is an amazing lake view with a meandering brick walkway down to the lake. Completing the backyard is lush landscaping including fruit trees and an extended 33 X 14 covered brick patio. Ceramic tile entry way leads to formal living and dining area complete with custom shutters. Kitchen includes bay window eating area, walk-in pantry, butcher block island, smooth top stove with microwave and Kitchen Aid refrigerator. Family room adjoins kitchen & has a corner fireplace, French doors lead to the patio from the family room & master bedroom. Awesome location is close to downtown Gilbert with all the fantastic restaurants & outside patio seating. Easy access to freeways, shopping and schools.

Listed with RE/MAX Alliance Group


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$525,000 :: 2003 E CATAMARAN Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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3 beds, 3.25 baths
Home size: 2,970 sq ft
Lot Size: 12,196 sq ft
Added: 09/16/17, Last Updated: 11/20/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5661262
Community: REGATTA AT VAL VISTA LAKES
Tract: REGATTA AT VAL VISTA LAKES
Status: Active


Beautiful custom home with views down the lake ** Casita/office/guest room with bathroom and separate entrance ** Master bedroom downstairs ** Loft upstairs with beautiful lake views ** So many windows and walls of glass makes this home very bright ** Granite island kitchen with loads of cabinets abd eating area ** Large walk in closet in master suite ** Val Vista Lakes community enjoys 10 tennis courts, including pickelball, indoor racquetball courts, heated pool, heated spa, lagoon beach, kayaks and pedal boats for homeowners to use, workout room, cardio room, many events to enjoy and so much more ** There are four lakes for your boating and fishing pleasure ** This beautiful home is ready for your client to move in

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$324,900 :: 3926 S BRIDAL VAIL Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85297

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,844 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,405 sq ft
Added: 11/20/17, Last Updated: 11/20/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5690398
Community: SAN TAN RANCH PARCEL 7
Tract: SAN TAN RANCH PARCEL 7
Status: Active


Beautifully updated single level with sparkling pebble tec pool. 3 Bedroom plus den/sitting room or could be a formal dining room. Vaulted ceilings and large windows make it light and bright. Freshly painted interior and exterior. New ceiling fans. Spacious kitchen with Island. Gas stove. Pantry. Gorgeous granite counters in kitchen and baths with new modern faucets. Tons of tile and new carpet throughout. Gas fireplace. RV gate and large side yard for parking your toys. Fenced for a dog run and a pad for a shed. Super nice and clean!!

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$265,000 :: 1680 W Pinon Court, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,756 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,662 sq ft
Added: 11/20/17, Last Updated: 11/20/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5690394
Community: El Dorado Lakes Golf Community
Tract: El Dorado Lakes Golf Community
Status: Active


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Listed with Revelation Real Estate


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$328,997 :: 1449 E VAUGHN Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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4 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 2,494 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,662 sq ft
Added: 09/23/17, Last Updated: 11/20/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5664276
Community: ESQUIRE VILLAGE AMD
Tract: ESQUIRE VILLAGE AMD
The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/17/2017 by 0%
Status: Active


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$353,900 :: 509 W HARVARD Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,239 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,098 sq ft
Added: 11/14/17, Last Updated: 11/20/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5687669
Community: SILVERHAWKE 2
Tract: SILVERHAWKE 2
The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/14/2017 by 1%
Status: Active


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$275,000 :: 1407 E BEACON Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,466 sq ft
Lot Size: 4,791 sq ft
Added: 11/20/17, Last Updated: 11/20/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5690320
Community: Val Vista Lakes La Jolla Villa
Tract: Val Vista Lakes La Jolla Villa
Status: Active


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$315,000 :: 1077 W WINDHAVEN Avenue, Gilbert AZ, 85233

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3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,118 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,840 sq ft
Added: 10/26/17, Last Updated: 11/20/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5679362
Community: SUMMER MEADOWS PARCEL 3
Tract: SUMMER MEADOWS PARCEL 3
The price of this listing was last reduced on 10/26/2017 by 2%
Status: Active


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$259,000 :: 325 N COLONY COVE Drive, Gilbert AZ, 85234

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3 beds, 2.5 baths
Home size: 1,460 sq ft
Lot Size: 3,484 sq ft
Added: 11/09/17, Last Updated: 11/20/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5685519
Community: Wind Drift
Tract: Wind Drift
The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/15/2017 by 1%
Status: Active


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$549,000 :: 2997 E PISTACHIO Street, Gilbert AZ, 85296

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,714 sq ft
Lot Size: 7,840 sq ft
Added: 11/08/17, Last Updated: 11/20/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 5685047
Community: AGRITOPIA PHASE 2B
Tract: AGRITOPIA PHASE 2B
The price of this listing was last reduced on 11/15/2017 by 4%
Status: Active


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Listed with United Brokers Group


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