Ahwatukee is a hot market right now. It’s an enclave of Phoenix, so it’s part of the city proper, but it is set off by the South Mountain, making it feel like a community unto itself. Residents enjoy convenient access to all the business and educational opportunities that Phoenix has to offer, as well as its thriving arts and cultural activities, yet they don’t feel like they are overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s a win-win for those who want a quieter way of life but also want easy access to exciting activities when they’re in the mood of them.

Buying a home in Ahwatukee: South Mountain termite problems

When you are shopping for a home in Ahwatukee, it’s important that you look beyond the basics like school zone or crime stats. Of course, those things are important, but you also have to consider some of the more mundane things that might be below the surface. For example, a termite infestation can slowly erode the home from the inside, causing extensive damage that can either undermine the home’s structural stability or that can cost you thousands of dollars to repair (or both).

If you are considering buying a home in Ahwatukee, keep these things in mind:

Older Homes

Older homes may have pest problems

Many people prefer to buy an older, established home. They like knowing the history of the home and how its materials and craftsmanship have stood up to the test of time. In addition, many people prefer the style of an older home since a lot of newer homes are made with speed and efficiency in mind, rather than style or quality.

The trouble with an older home is that termites may have already taken up residence in the home, and you may never know it. Some of the signs that termites could be present – like mud tunnels on the foundation or termite wings or feces on the windowsills or door jambs – may have been cleaned away when the house was being prepared for sale. The homeowners may not have even done this knowingly; not a lot of people know the signs of termites. That means that you could move into the home thinking that everything is ok, only to discover a huge infestation in a few weeks or months. By then, the termites could have compromised the structural integrity of your new home, creating a huge hassle for you to deal with soon after you move in.

Newer Homes

Even new homes can have termites

So you may be thinking that the best bet is to move into a newer home, right? After all, the home will have brand new materials – there shouldn’t be any chance that termites have had time to take up residence.

Well, what’s so fascinating – and terrifying – about termites is that they don’t sleep. They literally work, eat, and reproduce 24 hours a day, seven days a week. So it doesn’t take them long to find fresh wood to consume, and your new house is going to look awfully tasty to them. The best way to prevent this is to perform a pre-treatment on the house, starting with the foundation before the house is even built. Yet many builders skip this important step, leaving your new home vulnerable to these voracious pests.

Termite Inspection

Always have your house inspected for termites

You may get a home inspection when you are buying a new house, but don’t assume that includes a pest inspection, or a termite inspection, specifically. In most cases, it will not. You could have a thriving termite infestation in the house and never know it. You could have a colony of rats living in the walls or a huge nest of scorpions. The only way to know for sure what you are dealing with before you commit to the property is to schedule a pest inspection on your own. Make sure you get a termite inspection as part of a comprehensive inspection, or schedule a termite inspection specifically. Termites are some of the most damaging pests your home can face, so finding them as early as possible is essential to protecting your home.

Varsity Termite and Pest Control serves the Phoenix area and Ahwatukee. We offer termite inspections and treatment for new and older homes. Our termite control services include pretreatment for new home builds, as well as preventive treatment for existing homes. We also have effective methods for eradicating termite infestations to save your home from these destructive pests. Call us today to schedule an inspection or to learn more about your termite control options in Ahwatukee.

Published By:

Varsity Termite and Pest ControlTony Kaufman

West Valley Location:

4122 W Fallen Leaf Lane
Glendale, AZ 85310

Office: 602-560-6021

East Valley Location:

6056 E Baseline Rd #122
Mesa, AZ 85206

Office: 602-757-8252

Gary Dobert

Gary is the co-owner of Varsity Termite and Pest Control, a family owned and operated company in Arizona with over 21 years of experience. They specialize in termite and scorpion control services.

More Posts

Pest Control Categories

Let us Call you


    • Guy that came out for my termite problem was very knowledgeable, explained everything thoroughly and did a great job. Would definitely recommend them to others for termite control in the Mesa area.

      -Terry J. in Mesa, AZ
    • 5 star workmanship and customer service. I haven’t had termites in years since first calling Varsity for my termite inspection and treatment. Their termite prevention package has made my life worry free!

      -Elizabeth L. in Gilbert, AZ
    • Tony called me within 5 minutes of my hitting the submit button for a scorpion quote. I never heard from the other two competitors. The job was done the next day and he even directed me to the $100 discount coupon. The scorpions are gone and my kids are safe again. I will be calling Varsity again and telling my friends about them.

      -Britney R. in Chandler, AZ
    • Great experience.

      -Monica S. in Mesa, AZ
    • I wanted a family owned business and got one, I was very pleased everyone was so pleasant and friendly. I plan on signing up for more service.

      -Theresa C. in Mesa, AZ
    • Tony was great and worked with my hectic schedule. So far I haven’t seen any creepy crawlers!

      -Kayla D. in Queen Creek, AZ
    • Varsity responded quickly and took care of the problem. I now have them set up to come once a month at a reasonable price. There were lots of dead bugs, including scorpions, which showed me that their treatments are very effective.

      -Jodi M. in Gilbert, AZ
    • Arrived on time, high quality, quick, and efficient work done by them. Very customer friendly, professional, and very honest and informative. Price was great. I would recommend them to anyone.

      -Sarah R. in Apache Junction, AZ
    • Called back within minutes of my request , set up an inspection asap, price was fair, showed up right on time did the work even having to move some shelving I failed to have ready, also moved them back when done. Work was done as said and cleaned up everything when done, the individual doing the work was prompt, professional and very courteous. I highly recommend Varsity and as I am entering into flipping houses they will be the Pest Control people on my team.

      -ST. in Apache Junction, AZ
    • He is very straight forward, very honest, very business like. He really tries to make the customer happy.

      -Frank B.
    • I wanted to let you know that yesterday’s service with Robert and Jared was better than expected! They were obviously well-trained and knew their jobs very well. The work was quick, efficient and thorough with virtually no disruption to my day. Your inspection of my property and their treatment was top notch and I look forward to referring Varsity to all who are looking for professional and trustworthy service.

      -Judy R.
    50% off Pest Control Service
    100% off Termite Control