Where do Termites Live?
Due to its extremely cold winters, Alaska is the only state in the U.S. where termites are not found. Most termite species prefer warm climates with mild temperatures throughout the year, but they can easily adapt.
Termite species will thrive in different types of habitats and usually choose an environment with access to cellulose. Certain termites need soil to survive and construct colonies, while others prefer to live in dry wood above ground level. These wood-boring insects have been found living in wood beams, cabinets, flooring, bathrooms, furniture, logs, and other wood sources found in or around properties.
What is the Ideal Habitat for Termites?
Termites live off the cellulose found in wood, however, the type of wood they prefer depends on the species:
- Subterranean and Formosan termites require regular contact with soil in order to survive. Consequently, they live underground and access wood sources by building mud tubes through which they travel.
- Drywood termites do not need soil to survive and typically target wood that is above-ground, meaning infestations are often in higher levels of structures. They often nest deep inside of wood structures and eat across the grain.
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What Termites Are Common in My Region?
Termites are common wood-destroying pests invading homes across the country. However, each species favors different environments. In the southern states like Texas, the most common termites include the subterranean, Formosan, and drywood species. Unfortunately, subterranean termites are found in most states, posing a threat to homeowners as the most common and destructive termite to infest homes.
Termites in El Paso
Subterranean, drywood, and Formosan termites have all been reported in the state of Texas. Due to our mild climate, termites are actively reproducing throughout the year, making termite infestations a constant threat to homeowners. Termites can live in a number of wood structures as well as any area with soil, so it’s important to stay vigilant when checking for signs of termites on your property.
Where do termites live? in El Paso TX
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