What Termites are in Long Island?
Nationwide, termites are one of the most common pest problems. Worldwide, there are more than 2,000 types of termites. In the United States, there are about 40, but only a few commonly infest homes and businesses. There are two termites in particular that plague Long Island home and business owners.
Here in Long Island, we deal with two termites in particular that pose a big threat to property owners:
- Eastern Subterranean Termites
- Formosan Termites
Termites in Long Island
Our region is a hot spot for termites. Our seasonal climate draws abundant termite activity in the warmer months of the year. There are just two termites that are most common in our area. Unfortunately, they are two of the most destructive types of termites. The two common termites in Long Island to be aware of include:
- Eastern Subterranean Termites. These termites are the most common in North America, and also cost property owners the most money from the damage they cause. They are typically smaller than drywood termites and need contact with the soil to survive. A major sign of these termites is noticing mud tubes.
- Formosan Termites. These aggressive termites can be a real pain for property owners. A single colony may contain several million termites in the worst cases. They are known to not be picky when feeding and can quickly chew their way through all types of wood. Formosan termites can expand quickly with underground tunnels.
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What Kind of Termite Do I Have?
It is very rare to see termites whatsoever unless you notice a swarm flying by. This makes it especially difficult to identify which type of termite you may be dealing with. A professional termite control company can identify the species of termite you are dealing with and work to determine the best form of termite control for that species.