How Do Termites Spread in the North and East Bay?
So long as they have access to sources of cellulose, termites spread easily and quickly. Their greatest danger lies in the fact that they can spread for months without being noticed.
Termites are notorious for spreading unnoticed once they have infested a wooden structure. As with any pest, the rate at which termites spread has to do with a number of factors that can encourage or inhibit their growth:
- Availability of cellulose sources
- Presence of wood in contact with soil
- Amount of moisture present
- Climate and regional factors
- Age and size of the colony
How Quickly Does a Termite Infestation Grow?
A large termite colony can eat up to a pound of wood per day, which may not seem like a lot. However, because termite infestations tend to go unnoticed for long amounts of time, their population size can grow while the damage gets worse without you even knowing. Termite colonies can contain anywhere from a few hundred to thousands of insects, and queen termites can lay as many as 30,000 eggs in a single day! Termites spread into new colonies by traveling through underground mud tubes or cracks in the walls, and by flying when seeking out new places to infest.
Can I Get Termites From my Neighbors?
Just because your neighbor has a termite infestation doesn’t mean you’re doomed! Termites don’t necessarily move from one house to the next after an infestation. However, if homes neighboring one another were built simultaneously or with already-damaged wood, there’s a higher chance multiple homes are undergoing infestations at the same time. The severity of infestations can vary from house to house; infestations are truly unpredictable and there’s often no telling whether you’re more or less susceptible than your neighbors. Bottom line, if you see a tent over your neighbor’s home, there’s little reason to panic. Simply take preventative measures and schedule an inspection to stay on top of any termite activity in your home.
The Dangers of Termites Spreading
Termite infestations are rarely caught in their early stages, meaning they almost always spread without being noticed. Although they won’t infest an entire neighborhood, seeing your neighbor infested with termites should encourage you to implement prevention methods and regular inspections into your pest control routine.