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Where Do Termites Live?

As one of the most common pest problems, termites have been found in every state nationwide except for Alaska. In general, termites are most common in regions that have a warmer climate and year-round mild temperatures. However, they can easily adapt to many environments, which is why they are such a threat to homeowners all around the U.S.

Some termites live in and need soil to survive, while others prefer to live in dry wood above the ground level. These wood-boring insects have been found living in walls, bathrooms, furniture, logs, and other wood sources found in or nearby properties here in Iowa.

Where do termites live in Iowa - Springer Professional Home Services

Where Do Termites Live in My Property?

Termite species all differ in their preference for wood. Eastern subterranean termites, which are the termites we deal with here in Iowa, prefer the following environment:

  1. As their name suggests, subterranean termites require regular contact with soil in order to survive.
  2. Subterranean termites live in and travel through mud tubes. These mud tubes allow termites to travel and search for food without exposure to the open air.
  3. Termite mud tubes can be around your foundation, windows, wall studs, and siding.
  4. Eastern subterranean termites also live in nests in the ground beneath your foundation.

Termites Common to the Midwest Region

Termites may be a nationwide pest, but different regions deal with different types of termites. They prefer warmer areas that provide them with humidity. Unlike many areas around the country, we do not deal with dampwood or drywood termites. Formosan termites, which are one of the most dangerous species, are also very rare and not native to Iowa. The Eastern subterranean termite is the most common termite in the Midwestern states.

Termite Problems in Iowa

The bad news is that Iowa is a haven for these wood-boring insects to actively reproduce at any time, making termite infestations a constant threat to homeowners. They are especially abundant in the spring and summer months due to our wet, humid climate in the warmer part of the year. This is why professional termite control treatments are so crucial for property owners in this area.

Where Do Termites Live?

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