Termites are an ancient species of pest. They are small, yet they are extremely destructive to the structures they encounter. Termites are located in every part of the United States, with the exception of the arctic territory of Alaska. This means that every building constructed, even a block home, is potentially at risk of a termite infestation.
There are a variety of species of termites. They tend to migrate and infest in regions where the conditions and climate suits their breeding habits. Conehead termites are more common in Florida, but homeowners in California are more likely to encounter drywood termites, for example. Formosan termites are located in many southern states, and they are notoriously aggressive and difficult to contain. There is no state that is completely immune to a termite infestation, but they will tend to spread faster in densely populated areas. The great state of Florida is home to almost every species of termite.
Moisture and Termite Habits
Any area containing large sources of water is likely to attract an infestation of termites. They are attracted to the moist wood which is irresistible to these pests. They ingest the wood which can cause extensive damage. Anyone residing in an area with a high relative humidity and large bodies of water should be alert to the possibility of a termite infestation.
What Time of the Year, Termite Infestations
Some species of termites prefer to swarm and infest their preferred areas during the warmest months of the year, especially after temperatures increase suddenly. They are also likely to infest areas in the spring and summer months. The likelihood of swarm increases in proportion to the amount of moisture or humidity in the area, and this is why swarming rates spike after seasonal downpouring of rains, hurricanes and similar conditions.
What Do Termites Look Like
Termites are extremely small, and this appearance is incredibly deceptive. The amount of harm they can inflict on buildings is significant. Accurate identification of termites is helpful for remaining alert to an infestation. The body of the pest is often long and oval-shaped, and they have antennae. The color of the body can range from a dark brown or black color to a transparent, creamy tone. They have six legs, and the size of their bodies is only one-eight of an inch. However, their swarming behavior enables them to cause a catastrophic level of damage to the buildings where they infest and breed. This is why it’s critical for business owners and residents to have a pest-control plan in place to deal with preventing an infestation of termites.
Homes and Business Damage
This pest can damage the wood that forms the foundation of building structures. They can remain in the walls for a long time without being detected, which makes them even harder to handle. They can damage anything that is made of cellulose material. This includes wallpaper, plywood, flooring and other parts of the building. The damage done to the property is not covered in many insurance policies, so preventing an infestation is the key for homeowners and business owners who are concerned about the voracious nature of termites in their area.
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