How do termites spread in Louisiana?
Termites can spread easily if they have access to cellulose, the organic fiber found within wood. The biggest danger of termites is the fact that they can spread silently for months (or years) before being discovered.
Termites are known for spreading unnoticed. The rate and speed at which they spread has to do with several factors that either 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 Do Termites Spread?
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 swarming to begin new colonies.
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Will I Get Termites From My Neighbors?
It’s easy to understand why you might see your neighbors’ tented property and fear that termites have infested your home as well. 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. Keep in mind that termite infestations are unpredictable. For that reason, 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 preventing any termite activity in your home.