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Termites were most prevalent in Houston in 2017, followed by Los Angeles and Mobile, Ala. (Photo: Business Wire)
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TERMINIX RELEASES TOP 25 TERMITE CITIES LIST
Houston named No. 1 on top termite cities list
Terminix®, a leading provider of termite and pest control services in the United States and a ServiceMaster® (NYSE: SERV) company, today revealed the 25 most termite-infested cities in the country. Termites were most prevalent in Houston in 2017, followed by Los Angeles and Mobile, Ala.*
The top 25 cities for termite infestations in the United States are:
- Los Angeles
- Mobile, Ala.
- San Antonio
- San Diego
- Memphis, Tenn.
- Jacksonville, Fla.
- Tampa, Fla.
- Orlando, Fla.
- Sacramento, Calif.
- San Jose, Calif.
- Baton Rouge, La.
- Savannah, Ga.
- Nashville, Tenn.
- Little Rock, Ark.
- Tucson, Ariz.
- Louisville, Ky.
“Now that spring has arrived, we often see an increase not only in temperatures but also in pest-related activity, especially with termites,” said Joe Magyar, regional training manager for Terminix. “For homeowners living in areas that experience damp and humid weather conditions, it’s important to be aware of early warning signs for termites before damage becomes significant.”
Depending on the species, termite warning signs could include:
- Blisters in wood flooring, which look like small cracks or holes
- Hollowed or damaged wood
- Evidence of the pests themselves, such as discarded wings
- Droppings that resemble sawdust or coffee grounds
- Mud tubes, which look like pencil-sized dirt tunnels, near the base of the home
Early detection and professional termite control can help prevent a small termite problem from becoming an expensive ordeal.
Terminix recommends that homeowners have their homes inspected at least annually, and call a professional if there are any signs of an infestation. Homeowners can also take some simple measures to help reduce the risk of a termite infestation, including:
- Trimming shrubbery near home exteriors to allow airflow around damp areas
- Using products such as synthetic mulch or pea gravel when landscaping, particularly close to the structure’s foundation
- Properly maintaining home exteriors to prevent water from leaking onto wooden siding and windows
- Ensuring crawl spaces are properly ventilated to minimize the amount of moisture around floor joists and subflooring
For more information on termites and the top termite-infested cities, visit the Terminix blog or call your local Terminix branch.
*This ranking was created by compiling termite-specific data of services rendered at more than 300 Terminix branches across the country. The rankings represent Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) with the highest number of actual services between Jan. 1, 2017 and Dec. 31, 2017.
Terminix is the leading provider of termite and pest control services in the United States. Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., Terminix services approximately 2.7 million residential and commercial customers in 47 states and 19 countries. Terminix provides pest control services and protection against termites, rodents and other pests. Terminix is a business unit of ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. (SERV), a leading provider of essential residential and commercial services. Terminix is the Official Pest Control Specialist of Minor League Baseball™. To learn more about Terminix, visit www.Terminix.com.
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