Phoenix, Tucson among cities with most termites, Terminix study shows

Posted at 7:04 AM, Apr 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-05 10:10:23-04

Do you have termite damage in your home? You're not alone -- Phoenix and Tucson ranked among the most termite-infested cities in the country. 

Terminix released a list of the 25 cities with the highest rates of termite infestations. Houston, Los Angeles and Mobile, Alabama, took the top three spots. Phoenix came in at number 11, while Tucson fell into the 24th spot. 

Terminix says termites flourish in warm and humid areas, and cost American home and business owners $5 billion a year. 

They say signs of termites and damage can include: 

  • Blisters in wood flooring, which look like small cracks or holes
  • Hollowed or damaged wood
  • Evidence of the pests themselves, such as discarded wings
  • Droppings that resemble sawdust or coffee grounds
  • Mud tubes, which look like pencil-sized dirt tunnels, near the base of the home