What Kind of Termites Are On Long Island?
Across the globe, there are over 2,000 different species of termites – about 40 of which can be found across the United States. However, here in Long Island, we deal with just one main species: the Eastern Subterranean Termite. These small but destructive pests spend most of the year underground, though you may see them in the spring or summer when they leave the colony to reproduce.
How to Identify Subterranean Termites
Subterranean termites are particularly difficult to identify, largely because they’re rarely seen outside of their nest. These pests need a lot of moisture to survive, so they rarely enter the open air for fear of drying out. Instead, it’s important to keep an eye out for evidence of subterranean termite activity, such as:
- Mud tubes: Since these termites don’t want to be in the open air, they build mud tubes to travel to food sources. These tubes usually connect soil to wooden structures.
- Blistering, hollow, or damaged wood: Damaged wood is often a sign of termites. In some cases, it may look like water damage, so schedule an inspection if you’re concerned about termite activity.
- Swarming (winged) termites: One of the only times that subterranean termites leave the colony is to reproduce. In the spring, you may notice winged termites collecting in large groups. This often indicates that there’s a colony nearby.
- Termite droppings: Also called frass, termite droppings have a unique appearance; since these pests mainly eat wood, they excrete tiny pellet-like droppings.
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What Kind of Termite Do I Have?
While subterranean termites are the most common species here in Long Island, it’s possible that you may encounter other types such as drywood termites or softwood termites. That said, it’s almost impossible to tell what species you have without the help of a professional. Regardless of the termite species, it’s very rare to see these pests outside of their nest, and it’s challenging to identify the species based purely on the termite damage.
Are Termites Common in Long Island?
Unfortunately, termites are a common problem across the entire United States, and Long Island is no exception. That’s why it’s important to invest in ongoing termite prevention. Getting annual inspections and regular treatment can help you avoid the headache (and high cost) of treating a full-blown infestation.
If you want to protect your Long Island home against termites, get in touch with the licensed exterminators at Arrow Exterminating! Our team has decades of local expertise, so we know the most effective ways to keep your property pest-free.