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6 proactive termite tips for facility managers

All areas of the U.S. are prone to subterranean termites.

When it comes to types of termites, all areas of the U.S. are prone to subterranean termites
When it comes to types of termites, all areas of the U.S. are prone to subterranean termites

Pest control company Orkin says Miami is the front runner on its first-ever Top 50 Termites Cities list. All areas of the U.S. are prone to subterranean termites. Pacific U.S. and coastal regions of the Southeast have an additional threat of drywood 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
  2. Los Angeles
  3. Tampa
  4. New York
  5. New Orleans 
  6. Atlanta
  7. Washington, D.C.
  8. West Palm Beach
  9. San Francisco
  10. Dallas
  11. San Diego
  12. Orlando
  13. Phoenix
  14. Houston
  15. Raleigh, N.C.
  16. Philadelphia
  17. Baltimore
  18. Nashville
  19. Chicago
  20. Charlotte, N.C.
  21. Ft. Myers
  22. Norfolk, Va.
  23. Knoxville
  24. Greenville, S.C.
  25. Charleston, West Va.
  26. Mobile, Ala.
  27. Indianapolis
  28. Cincinnati
  29. Pittsburgh
  30. Kansas City
  31. Richmond, Va. 
  32. Honolulu
  33. St. Louis
  34. Oklahoma City
  35. Tulsa
  36. Denver
  37. Columbia, S.C.
  38. Jacksonville
  39. Lexington
  40. San Antonio
  41. Chattanooga, Tenn.
  42. Columbus, Ohio
  43. Grand Rapids, Mich.
  44. Boston
  45. Charleston, S.C.
  46. Baton Rouge
  47. Louisville
  48. Savannah, Ga.
  49. Roanoke, Va.
  50. Champaign, Ill. 

Species generally swarm based on favorable weather conditions. Most species of subterranean termites swarm in the spring and summer, a time frame when people are more likely to notice signs of an infestation. Drywood 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.

Proactive termite tips for facility managers:

  • 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 building.
  • Place screens on outside vents.
  • Check wooden structures for damage.
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