Now That You Found the Termite Tube …

Jonathan Dalton, Phoenix Real Estate AgentTermites happen here in Valley. Some areas are more prone to the little buggers than others, but virtually any home here in the Phoenix real estate market is going to be a candidate for a termite condo at some stage.

I have folks buying a home in Ventana Lakes, right on the water on the Peoria side of the community. Absolutely beautiful house. But there were termites once upon a time, which was disclosed. And as we discovered yesterday, there’s a yet-undiscovered termite tube in the master bedroom.

Is it an active tube? Hard to say. The room’s been painted and tube’s the same color as the paint so it appears it was there before the redecorating took place. A termite tube usually is the color of mud or dirt, the primary ingredients in the tube’s walls.

Fortunately for the seller, there was a termite warranty put in place when the previous treatment was done. And fortunately for the buyer, that warranty is going to last for the first 18 months that they own the home.

As I told the buyer, there’s definitely something to the creepiness factor but as Arizona goes, termites are some of the less creepy creatures that you’re going to run into. (I tend to vote scorpions at the top of the creepiness scale, but that’s just me.)

For all the real estate development here in Phoenix, we’re still in the middle of the desert. Bugs happen. Termites happen. If your house doesn’t have them, congratulations. But keep a weather eye open for the tubes as the years go by.

[tags]Phoenix real estate, termites, real estate negotiations[/tags]

Jonathan Dalton

Jonathan Dalton is a 40-plus-year resident of the Valley and has been helping folks buy and sell homes since 2004. He can be reached at 602-502-9693 or info at


  • Shay 10 years ago

    Don’t forget about Africanized bees that can build a hive in your walls by getting in through the tiniest of holes. We had about 50,000 decide they might want to do that, with a nice pool next door surrounded bu lots of nice oleanders…took a professional beekeeper to change their minds.

  • Jonathan Dalton 10 years ago

    Where was that, Shay? Here in the Valley?

    I’ve seen bees inside stucco once, on a bank owned home I was viewing with some buyers up in Wittmann. Once the bee keeper comes it’s relatively simple, from what I have heard, but the creepiness factor’s still pretty high.