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Where Are Termites Most Commonly Found?

Termites are one of the most common pests in the world – and one of the most destructive. Nearly 40 different species are found all across the United States, with the exception of Alaska. Depending on what type of termite you’re dealing with, you may discover them in soil or inside of wooden structures. Fallen and decaying logs, piles of timber, floorboards… pretty much any area with plenty of wood to consume can attract termites.

a termite colony hidden within a piece of wood

Where Do Termites Hide in a House?

Most people don’t realize that they have termites until the pests have spread throughout their home because of how rarely these pests leave their colonies. That said, most infestations start in particularly vulnerable areas of the home, such as:

  • Basements
  • Crawl spaces
  • Wooden decks or porches
  • Wood near the home’s foundation
  • Piles of firewood
  • Nearby tree stumps
  • Outdoor furniture

It’s important to note that once a colony establishes a nest in your home, it can spread to nearly any area with access to wood such as your walls, attic, or floorboards.

Termites in Long Island

Here in Long Island, we primarily encounter Eastern Subterranean Termites. As their name suggests, this species is most known for hiding in the soil. They need plenty of moisture to survive and rarely come out into the open air for fear of drying out, so they also build mud tubes to travel inside of. These mud tubes usually connect soil to wooden structures, which is why you’re most likely to find subterranean termites in your basement or along the home’s foundation.

How to Avoid Termites

Unfortunately, subterranean termites are considered the most destructive termite species. They’re responsible for causing hundreds or thousands of dollars in damage to properties each year. And, since they can be so difficult to spot, it’s crucial that you stay on top of termite prevention. 

To keep your Long Island home safe from termites, consider working with a licensed termite exterminator. While DIY pest control may be helpful against other pests, subterranean termites are too destructive to risk it. A qualified professional will be able to create a customized treatment plan for your property using industry-leading techniques to ensure your home is protected all year long.

Where Do Termites Live? Serving Long Island and surrounding areas

Richmond | Kings | Nassau County | Suffolk County

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