Any city, town, or home could get infested with termites at any given time. Termites are vermin that feed on wooden items. These items could be any wooden object such as your dining room table and chairs, dressers, end tables, and, worst of all, your home’s foundation.
Termite infestation is a serious problem that should be addressed as soon as you find them. If not, they can do irrefutable damage to your home, which will cost you way more in the long run than hiring an exterminator right away. Don’t skimp on exterminators either because that will cost you more money than if you had just hired a good exterminator. Termites can be found anywhere in the world, well, except Antarctica.
Here is a list of the most termite-infested cities in the United States:
50. Miami, Florida
49. Los Angeles, California
47. New York City, New York
46. New Orleans, Louisiana
45. Atlanta, Georgia
44. Washington, D.C.
43. West Palm Beach, Florida
42. San Francisco, California
41. Dallas, Texas
40. San Diego, California
39. Orlando, Florida
38. Phoenix, Arizona
37. Houston, Texas
36. Raleigh, North Carolina
35. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
34. Baltimore, Maryland
33. Nashville, Tennessee
32. Chicago, Illinois
31. Charlotte, North Carolina
30. Fort Myers, Florida
29. Norfolk, Virginia
28. Knoxville, Tennessee
27. Greenville, South Carolina
26. Charleston, West Virginia
25. Mobile, Alabama
24. Indianapolis, Indiana
23. Cincinnati, Ohio
22. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
21. Kansas City, Missouri
20. Richmond, Virginia
19. Honolulu, Hawaii
18. Louis, Missouri
17. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
16. Tulsa, Oklahoma
15. Denver, Colorado
14. Columbia, South Carolina
13. Jacksonville, Florida
12. Lexington, Kentucky
11. San Antonio, Texas
10. Chattanooga, Tennessee
9. Columbus, Ohio
8. Grand Rapids, Michigan
7. Boston, Massachusetts
6. Charleston, South Carolina
5. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
4. Louisville, Kentucky
3. Savannah, Georgia
2. Roanoke, Virginia
1. Champaign, Illinois
The cities above have the most significant infestations of termites because this species usually enjoys areas with warm, moist weather conditions. You will most likely notice subterranean termites in the spring and summer because they prefer such weather conditions. However, dry wood termites are most likely to be seen in the late summer and early fall months.
Termites have devastating effects on the cities and houses they infect. They are often referred to by professionals as the ‘silent destroyer’ because of their ability to hide in walls. They can thrive for years inside your home’s structure or yard without any signs of damage. They attack wood all hours of the day, causing extensive and expensive damage once you notice the infestation.
There are many signs that you can watch for to figure out if your home may have a termite infestation, but here are the most significant:
- Termites emerging from cracks in walls or posts.
- Blisters in wood flooring. These will look like cracks or holes in your wooden floors.
- Droppings resembling sawdust or coffee grounds. If you see any black or white droppings within your home, seek a professional to investigate the situation.
- Hollowed or damaged wood in your home or on your ground.
- Any cracked or bubbled up paint.
- Discarded wings or other evidence of the pests themselves.
- Mud tubes that look like pencil-sized dirt tunnels. These are termites home base and where they spend a lot of their time.
Terminix recommends that homeowners do several things to prevent termite infestations, including:
- Get your home inspected by a professional at least once a year.
- Store all firewood or any wood, at least 20 feet away from your home, on non-wood platforms. This way, the platform will stay stable if termites ever infest the entire block of wood.
- Keep all bushes and landscaping at least two feet away from your homestead.
- Ensure at least four inches of your home’s foundation is showing through the dirt. The siding should also never extend down the soil to ensure that termites cannot head up your mulch garden and into your home.
- Eliminate any water leaks or moisture buildups from your home into your yard. Termites love moisture and will follow the water source.
- Keep drainage systems unblocked and routed away from your home. Ensure it goes away from your home and foundation to keep termites away from your studs and furniture.
- Seal gaps around any and all utility lines. This includes electrical lines, gas lines, and any pipes that cover exterior vents.
- Regularly check and monitor any water drainage from your home to make sure they are clear of debris and are draining correctly.
- Be aware of any areas around or in your home where moisture could collect. This includes leaky pipes and gutters, downspouts, air conditioning units, and any other fixtures susceptible to leaking.
- Reduce any sources of food for termites. It could be rotting wood, excess landscaping mulch, or wooden siding.
These proactive tips will help keep your home safe and secure from termites. Even if you do follow these tips, there is no 100% guarantee that termites will never infest your home. Termites are sneaky creatures, and there is always a chance that they will find their way into your home.
As soon as you notice any infestation, termite or not, call your local pest exterminator company. Doing it yourself is not always wise. It may end up taking you a lot more time and money trying to do it yourself versus hiring a professional to deal with these issues. It is their job to ensure the pest problem is taken care of and eliminated within a specific time frame. If it is not, they will be liable for your pest issue.