Termites can wreak havoc on your home by chewing away at the structural wood. Termite activity can go unnoticed for a long time because they typically start out with the wood under your house and move up from there. Homeowners commonly discover that they have termites only after extensive damage has been done. One way to prevent this from happening to your home is to learn about where termites are active and what conditions they need to survive. Once you understand these things you can determine if your home is at risk and take proactive steps to protect it from a termite infestation.
States where termites are active
Termites can be found in every state of the US except for Alaska. This means that your home is at some level of risk for a termite infestation if you live in any of the 49 states where termites also reside. There are some states and areas of the country that seem to be more known for having termites. If you live in an area that is well-known for having termites then it is likely clear to you that termite prevention, protection, and treatment are essential. In other areas where termites are around but not as big of a problem it can be tempting to be less proactive. If you live in any state other than Alaska you are putting your home at risk if you are not being proactive about termite protection.
Ideal conditions for termite survival
Termites prefer warm climates and are often the most active in the south, southeast, west, and southwest parts of the United States. Subterranean termites need to be close to moisture-rich soil in order to survive so areas of the country that are warm and get plenty of rainfall are ideal for termite activity. You can also create ideal conditions for termites by getting behind on your home maintenance tasks. A small leak under your house, a leak around your air conditioning unit, or downspouts that do not drain properly can all lead to a situation where there is excess moisture in the soil around your property. This excess moisture can make your home look more attractive to termites when they are looking for a new place to set up a colony.
How to determine if your home is at risk
As discussed above, your home is at risk for a termite infestation if you live anywhere in the United States other than Alaska. If you live in an area of the country that is typically warm then your home is at even greater risk because termites thrive best in warm climates. The condition of your home can also impact how vulnerable it is to a termite infestation. The most effective way to determine if your home is vulnerable or has an active infestation is to get a professional termite inspection. The inspector will look for signs of termite activity, water issues, and termite damage and provide you with a report about the condition of your home and recommendations for treatment or prevention.
Termites are a widespread problem in this country. There is no getting away from the threat of termites in most areas of the US. But you do not have to move to Alaska to keep termites from destroying your home. You can protect it from these pests by working with a termite control company to inspect your home yearly and apply treatment if necessary.