Where do Termites Live?
Termites are widespread across the country, inhabiting every state besides Alaska. They prefer to live in warmer environments but will change their habits to fit the climate that they live in.
Termites can survive as long as there is cellulose to feed on. Certain species of termite need access to soil to survive, but others prefer to live above ground in dry wood. Termites are able to infest walls, bathrooms, furniture, logs, and any other wooden items that one would have in their home in Florida.
Where Are Termites Found in Florida Homes?
Different termites prefer different kinds of wood. Drywood termites would rather infest dry wood that doesn’t touch the soil, but this is not the case for Florida’s local termites:
- Eastern subterranean termites and Formosan termites need to be close to the soil at all times to survive.
- Both of these termites make mud tubes to live in and travel through. They allow termites to travel and find food without being exposed.
- Mud tubes can be found near your foundation, windows, wall studs, and siding in Florida.
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Are Termites Active in My Region?
Although termites can be found all over the continental United States, each climate region has different species of termites to deal with. In general, termites prefer warmth and humidity. In Florida, we don’t deal with drywood termites as much as subterranean termites. Subterranean termites are the most common termite in the country, and, unfortunately, the most destructive.
Termites in My Home in Florida
Eastern subterranean termites and Formosan termites have both been spotted all over the state. With our hot and humid climate, we provide an ideal home for termites to reproduce and wreak havoc year-round. Termite infestations are a constant threat to Florida homeowners and can approach our houses from many different angles, making it important to learn how to identify their presence.