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During a wood destroying insect/termite inspection you find a termite mud stain, what is it? Termites build shelter tubes and if someone knocks them down all that may appear is this stain. Some people will go so far as to wipe it away and pretend that everything will be OK.
A few facts:
- Termites don’t generally go away on their own.
- In many places you must disclose that to a new buyer.
- If their are no drill holes – then no termite was performed – refer to #1.
- It must be noted on the inspection form.
If you find something like this it is important to find a Professional Termite Company to lend you a hand.
Termites swarm as a form of reproduction and they are showing up everywhere in the Phoenix area and beyond.
This was what it looked like under almost every rodent bait station in South Phoenix yesterday. Termite swarmers (alates) break their wings off and then start to follow the opposite sex, ready to begin a new colony. The rain triggers the reproduction mode of ants, termites and other insects. Have you seen termites swarming at you home, if so now would be a great time for a termite inspection?
Rain = the beginnings of life…
When your home was built the contractor probably was required to pretreat the soil before pouring the concrete slab. By AZ law a final grade was to be performed within a certain period, if you look in the electrical box you may find the two required stickers. One should be the original pretreat and the second is the final grade. Now that’s if they haven’t fallen off or are not legible. You can also visit the Office of Pest Management site at http://tarf.sb.state.az.us/index.php?ckset=ok - they started keeping track in 1990 I think.
Back in the day termiticides like Chlordane could last for 50 years, but in my opinion today I think it is closer to 15 years. Especially when placed under concrete without things that would break down the chemical. The outside of the home or that final grade is another completely different story. If nothing messes it up it might last 7 years but that doesn’t happen very often. Water, rodents, sun and the heat, people installing pipes or wires often disrupt that barrier. It is my opinion that you shouldn’t plant anything under the eaves of the roof line, roots and water may affect the home and you don’t need anything else to worry about.
So keep checking your foundation, clear away rocks or soil from the stucco area – you need to be able to see that foundation. Don’t stack firewood against the home or for that matter any other debris. As always if you need an inspection give ProBest Pest Management a call at 480-831-9328 or 623-414-0176.
Termites are one of those things that I’ll bet most people don’t ever think about. Over 5 billion dollars are spent on damage every year, so I think it is important. The Office of Pest Management offers this article on termites and Wood-Destroying Insect Inspection Report here in Arizona. If I was spending my hard earned money, I think I would like an opinion about something I may or may not know much about.
Thanks to Univar Environmental Solutions for the picture.
Have you ever watched someone do a termite inspection?
I’m somewhat set in my ways of doing a Termite Inspection, I always start at the door I walk in and I always go to my right. Now if someone interupts me, I go see what they want me to look at and then go back to my system. Generally speaking this prevents me from missing something and I’ll tell you that is very inportant in an inspection. One of the most important tool is my maglight, rechargeable and in the holder in my truck along with spare lightbulbs. So what else do I carry?
- Extra flashlight
- Measuring wheel
- Postcards or flyers from my company
- I think the most important tool is knowledge and I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before.
What else do you think we should I carry? Any ideas?