Termites Expected to Cause Serious Problems Across the United States

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Termites damage roughly 600,000 homes every year in the United States. Unfortunately, it looks like certain U.S. cities are getting hit even harder with termite infestations.

According to Terminx, cities in Alabama, Florida, and Texas should be the most worried about termite infestations in 2017.

Although termites cause homeowners and business owners issues across the country, there are 15 cities that should be on an even higher alert for infestations this year because they experienced the highest number of infestations during 2016.

Here are the top-15 termite cities:

  1. Mobile, Alabama
  2. San Antonio, Texas
  3. Memphis, Tennessee
  4. Tampa, Florida
  5. Miami, Florida
  6. Los Angeles, California
  7. Orlando, Florida
  8. Jacksonville, Florida
  9. Dallas, Texas
  10. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  11. Houston, Texas
  12. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  13. San Diego, California
  14. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  15. Little Rock, Arkansas

“We consistently see higher levels of termite activity in the southern United States, particularly in and around coastal cities where the weather is damp and humid — the perfect environment for a growing termite colony,” said Paul Curtis, Terminix manager of technical services.

Business Wire reports that since the warmer months are just around the corner, more and more termites will begin chewing through home’s structures and causing significant damage.

“If you see something suspicious or a termite problem is found, homeowners should contact a pest professional to assess the severity of the situation and recommend a treatment plan, as termites often cause damage to homes completely behind-the-scenes,” said Cindy Mannes, vice president of public affairs at the National Pest Management Association (NPMA).

No matter where you live, but especially in these high-risk areas, homeowners should be aware, at the very least, of how to properly identify termite infestations. Here are some telltale signs to look out for if your home is at risk for termite damage.

  • Small Termite Droppings and Discarded Wings — If you notice any pellet-size clumps of what looks sawdust around your home, that could mean termites were there. In addition to watching out for droppings, termites will discard their small wings when they arrive at their desired destination.
  • Broken Wood — If you see broken wood around your home, both inside and outside, contact a professional pest control company because you could have a serous infestation on your hands.

Don’t let these unwanted pests ruin your summer this year by letting infestations damage your home. Contact Essential Pest Control if you need professional assistance.

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