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What areas of the country are most likely to have drywood termite infestations occur?
Monday, August 26, 2019
Drywood termites require a warm and humid environment to live, because they receive all their moisture from the wood they consume. So they occur predominantly along the southern margin of the U.S., especially near the coast along the Gulf of Mexico and sothern Pacific Ocean. Unless the infestation is both new and small, tenting of a home is the only way to eliminate drywood termites.
Drywood colonies are small, usually only a few thousand, and swarmers are not strong fliers. So they spread slowly from house to house each Spring, with the highest concentration of infestations in older neighborhoods of wood houses.
Subterranean Termites Cover A Larger Area Of The U.S.
Subterranean termites, the ones that live in the ground and come up into a house to devour the wood, are found throughout a much larger area of the country. For a graphic map of their distribution, see our blog post What is a TIP Zone Map?
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