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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To learn more about termites, see these other blog posts:
• Should I be worried about termites if my neighbor's house is being tented?
• Is the WDO (termite) inspector allowed to poke holes in my wood siding and trim?
• Do carpenter ants cause structural damage to houses in Florida?
• How long before closing can you have a WDO (termite) inspection done?
• How long does Bora-Care® last?
• Why is it a mistake to store lumber in the crawl space under a house?
• Does the presence of carpenter ants in a house indicate that there are probably also termites?
• How do termites infest a house and remain hidden while doing major damage?
• Are homes in Florida required to have termite protection?
• If termite damage appears to be old, does that mean that termites may no longer be present?
• How do I know if my WDO/termite report is "clear"?
• When do termites swarm in Florida?
• Does a recent termite company inspection sticker mean there are no termites?
• Can a mobile/manufactured home get termites?
• Do I have to tent the house if I have termites?
• What is the difference between a subterranean termite and a drywood termite?
• What are the green plastic discs in the ground around the house?
• What is a termite shield?
• How do termites get into a concrete block house?
• Do termites eat concrete?
• What is a clean WDO?
• What do termites eat?
• How do I treat wood rot that's listed in my termite-WDO report?
• Do I really need a termite-WDO inspection?
• What's causing those holes in the fascia?
• Does wood chip mulch in the yard attract termites?
• I think I have termites. What does a termite look like?
• I'm buying a concrete block house. Do I still need a termite inspection?
• I saw a little termite damage on the baseboard. Should I be concerned?
• Why do termite inspectors tap the wood siding and baseboard wood in a home?
• What are the minimum access openings for a termite (WDO) inspector in Florida for a crawl space and attic, and within these spaces?
• What does a termite mud tube look like?
Visit our TERMITES, WOOD ROT AND PESTS page for other related blog posts on this subject, or go to the INDEX for a complete listing of all our articles.
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