Real Estate News: Orkin Pest Control Releases Inaugural Top 50 Termite Cities List

Miami leads the list among three other East and Gulf Coast cities in the top five

ATLANTA, GA (STL.News) – Pest control leader Orkin reveals Miami as the front runner of its first-ever Top 50 Termites Cities list, released today.  Los Angeles follows in second place, with Tampa,  New York and New Orleans rounding out the top five, respectively.

When it comes to types of termites, all areas of the U.S. are prone to subterranean termites with concentrations from slight to very heavy.  Pacific U.S. and coastal regions of the Southeast have an additional threat of dry-wood termites.

The list is based on treatment data from the metro areas where Orkin performed the most first-time customer termite treatments from February 1, 2018 – January 31, 2019.  The ranking includes both residential and commercial treatments.

  1. Miami, FL
  2. Los Angeles, CA
  3. Tampa, FL
  4. New York, NY
  5. New Orleans, LA
  6. Atlanta, GA
  7. Washington DC
  8. West Palm Beach
  9. San Francisco, CA
  10. Dallas, TX
  11. San Diego, CA
  12. Orlando, FL
  13. Phoenix, AZ
  14. Houston, TX
  15. Raleigh, NC
  16. Philadelphia, PA
  17. Baltimore, MD
  18. Nashville, TN
  19. Chicago, IL
  20. Charlotte, NC
  21. Fort Myers, FL
  22. Norfolk, VA
  23. Knoxville, TN
  24. Greenville, SC
  25. Charleston, West Va.
  26. Mobile, AL
  27. Indianapolis, IN
  28. Cincinnati, OH
  29. Pittsburgh, PA
  30. Kansas City
  31. Richmond, VA
  32. Honolulu, HI
  33. St. Louis, MO
  34. Oklahoma City, OK
  35. Tulsa, OK
  36. Denver, CO
  37. Columbia, SC
  38. Jacksonville, FL
  39. Lexington
  40. San Antonio, TX
  41. Chattanooga, TN
  42. Columbus, OH
  43. Grand Rapids, MI
  44. Boston, MA
  45. Charleston, SC
  46. Baton Rouge, TN
  47. Louisville, KY
  48. Savannah, GA
  49. Roanoke, VA
  50. Champaign, IL

Species generally swarm based on favorable weather conditions. Most species of subterranean termites swarm in the spring and summer, a time frame when homeowners are more likely to notice signs of an infestation.  Dry-wood termites typically swarm during the late summer or fall months, from August through November.  Varying conditions may mean that swarms will occur at different times.

When they’re ready, termites emerge searching for the ideal environment of warmth, moisture and food.  And because of urbanization, there are fewer dead trees lying around, so termites will find their way to other sources of wood such as residential properties.

“Often called the ‘silent destroyer,’ termites can secretly hide and thrive in your home, property or yard without any immediate signs of damage for years,” said Glen Ramsey, an Orkin entomologist.  “U.S. residents spend an estimated $5 billion annually to control termites and repair termite damage – which occurs in approximately 600,000 homes each year.”

Termites invade properties by foraging from their colonies in search of food resources and finding home foundations.  Cracks or gaps around pipes and wires give the pests access inside.

“Termites are the ultimate workaholics – they chew constantly causing extensive damage over time.  Some enter structures through wood-to-ground contact by building shelter tubes or entering directly through cracks in the foundation as small as 1/32 of an inch – about the thickness of a business card.”

These pests are a threat to your household and beyond, so it’s critical to detect and treat for them as early as possible.  Anyone who suspects a termite introduction should contact a pest management professional immediately.

Property owners can get termites from:

  • Wooden structures, such as porches and decks, in direct contact with the ground
  • Stacks of firewood that lean against the house
  • Damp soil near foundations from leaking faucets, gutters or downspouts
  • Trees and shrubs in close proximity to the house
  • Above-ground locations in the house that remain damp enough to support termites without them needing to return to the moist conditions found in the soil

Signs of a termite infestation include:

  • A temporary swarm of winged insects in your home or from the soil around your home
  • Any cracked or bubbling paint or frass (termite droppings)
    Wood that sounds hollow when tapped
  • Mud tubes on exterior walls, wooden beams or in crawl spaces
    Discarded wings from swarmers

Proactive tips that Orkin recommends for homeowners:

  • Check water drainage sites to ensure they remain cleared and effective.
  • Monitor the collection of moisture by fixing pipes, gutters, downspouts, A/C units and other fixtures susceptible to leaking.
    Caulk around utility lines or pipes.
  • Get rid of rotting wood and debris near the home.
  • Place screens on outside vents.
  • Check wooden structures for damage.

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