Termites questions often come up when we are showing homes in downtown and other parts of Greater Phoenix. There is an old adage when answering the question, do you have termites in your home, is every home either has, does or will have termites. Nature wins the battle every time.
We recently got some great info from one of the best known termite companies in the Phoenix area, Burns Pest Elimination, and wanted to share it with our readers. We’ll be posting the information in a two part series. In part one we have a test to see if you are at risk for termites and in Part 2 we’ll look at the different kinds of termites we find in the Phoenix area and how to spot signs of activity.
Take this test to see if you are at risk for termites in your home.
What are your home’s chances of being attacked? This test will help homeowners determine their termite infestation potential. The test obviously can’t prove whether or not you have termites in your home, but it is designed to alert you to your property’s risk factors. A professional inspection will always give you the most accurate and specific information about your home.
Please take the following test.
|1.||Is your home a wood frame on a slab 6 inches or less?||Yes____ No____||29|
|2.||Do you have wooden fence posts within 2 feet of the foundation?||Yes____ No____||4|
|3.||Do you have wooden siding?||Yes____ No____||6|
|4.||Do you store firewood within 2 feet of the foundation?||Yes____ No____||1|
|5.||Do your sprinkler heads wet your walls?||Yes____ No____||6|
|6.||Are sprinkler heads within 2 feet of the foundation?||Yes____ No____||5|
|7.||Is your home without gutters?||Yes____ No____||5|
|8.||If you have gutters, do they discharge within 2 feet of the foundation?||Yes____ No____||7|
|9.||Is your AC drip line within 2 feet of the foundation?||Yes____ No____||6|
|10.||Do you mulch? (pea gravel, wood chips, pine needles, leaves)||Yes____ No____||5|
|11.||Is the inspection gap between the stucco/siding and the soil less than 6 inches or absent?||Yes____ No____||9|
|12.||If your home is stucco, is it below grade?||Yes____ No____||5|
|13.||Do you have trees or shrubs within 2 feet of the foundation?||Yes____ No____||7|
|14.||Do you have irrigation or lighting lines within 2 feet of the foundation?||Yes____ No____||5|
|Add points for total score:|
The higher your points, the greater the likelihood that your home may be infested or become infested with subterranean termites.
Naturally, you can use the test to correct items in your home that are conducive to termites. You can also call the good folks at Burn’s and they’ll be happy to make a no-obligation and free appointment to come out to your place and show you areas that need improvement.
Information provided by
Burns Pest Elimination
Brian Wriston & Esther Jensen
602 696-5358 – Brian
602-971-4782 – Main
Gene Urban and Ron Urban
The Urban Team at Realty Executives
Specialists in historic homes and Phoenix area real estate