Where Do Termites Live?

Where do termites live in Indiana and Illinois; Anderson Pest SolutionsTermites are found all across the nation. In fact, they’ve been found in every state except for Alaska. Many types of termites prefer warmer climates but can easily adapt to any environment, including the colder climate here in the Midwest.

Termites will live, reproduce, and work in any environment that provides them with cellulose on which to feed. 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 any other wood source found in or near your property in Illinois and Indiana.

Where Do Termites Live in My Home?

Different types of termites have different preferences when it comes to where they will infest. Eastern subterranean termites, which are the most common termite in our region, prefer the following environment:

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

Termites Common in the Midwest

Termites may be found all across the country, but different types of termites are active in different areas. They prefer warmer areas that provide them with humidity. In our region, we do not deal with drywood termites or Formosan termites as much as we deal with subterranean termites. In fact, nearly the entire nation deals with subterranean termites, which are the most common and most destructive termites for all property owners.

Which Termites Am I Dealing With?

Unfortunately, our region is a haven for these wood-boring insects to actively reproduce at any time, making termite infestations a constant threat to homeowners. For this reason, it’s important to always be on the lookout for termites in or near your Illinois or Indiana property.