July 2021 saw record rainfall throughout southern Arizona. In Vail, one of Pima County’s reporting stations near Cienega High School tallied 6.57 inches of rain in July. In contrast, this station has reported an average of 3.69 inches in July since 2000! The rain is a much-needed resource for our parched desert, but it also means that subterranean termites will be very active in the months ahead.

Ideal termite weather
Termites thrive in warm, moist conditions making Vail’s summer monsoons the ideal time for termites. Subterranean termites nest underground and need the moisture in the soil. When the soil is extremely saturated new queens begin to swarm and start new colonies. These new colonies grow quickly, and workers search far and wide for the resources needed to sustain the ever-growing population.

Signs of termites
Subterranean termites leave a distinct calling-card everywhere they go – a mud tunnel. In most cases, these tunnels are only about the width of a pencil. Another sign of termite activity are small pinholes in the drywall on the interior of the home that can be more difficult to identify by the untrained eye.

Annual inspections
In the Vail area, it’s not a matter of if you’ll get termites, but when you’ll get them. The best way to protect your home or business is to have an annual termite inspection performed by a licensed termite professional. A quality inspection can identify the presence of termites early and make sure they’re stopped before they become a significant issue.

The licensed professionals at Bill’s Home Service have been inspecting homes and businesses for termites in southern Arizona for more than 55 years. To schedule a free termite inspection, call our office today at (520) 625-2381 or visit www.BillsHomeService.com.

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