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How Do Termites Spread on Long Island?

Here in Long Island, termites primarily spread in one of two ways; either they travel through underground mud tubes, or they form new colonies with swarming reproductives. Both situations can put you at risk of a termite infestation, especially if there’s a colony nearby.

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How Do New Termite Colonies Form?

Once an established termite colony reaches a certain size and age, it produces reproductive individuals known as alates or swarmers. These are winged insects that are meant to leave the original nest, find a mate, and establish a new colony. Factors like temperature and humidity can trigger a termite swarm. 

Here in Long Island, you’re most likely to encounter swarming termites in the spring or early summer when the weather is slightly warm and wet. If you notice winged termites on or near your property during this time of year, you should take quick action to protect your property to prevent the pests from choosing your home as a site for the new colony. Your home may be more vulnerable to termites if:

  • There is any wood touching soil, such as firewood piles
  • Your home has any moisture issues 
  • There is a large termite colony nearby

How Long Does it Take Termite Colonies to Form?

Almost immediately after finding a mate, the new queen termite will search for a suitable place to start laying eggs. When she finds a location for her nest, she will begin laying eggs – up to 30,000 in a single day. Most colonies are fully developed after six to seven years, though they can cause significant damage well before then.

Can I Get Termites From My Neighbor?

It’s understandable why you might panic if you notice your neighbor’s house is being treated for termites. After all, having a large colony nearby can increase your odds of experiencing an infestation. However, if you take the right preventative measures, you don’t have to get termites from an infested neighbor. 

If you aren’t already getting professional termite control services, we recommend contacting a licensed exterminator quickly if your neighbor has termites. A qualified expert can thoroughly examine your property for any vulnerabilities that could lead to an infestation.

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