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Termites in Illinois – What You Should Know

We’re seeing the last of winter in Glenview for another year, which means the termite populations – those that aren’t already hard at work in temperature-controlled environments – are emerging from their hiding places deep below the frost line to build new nests and start new colonies.

In Glenview and other parts of Illinois, there are two types of termites to keep a lookout for in March: the eastern subterranean termite and the dark southeastern subterranean termite. The eastern subterranean termite does the most damage nationwide, and the dark southeastern is its closest relative. Both species are well-established in our area, and swarmers from both can be seen during daylight hours from March until May or June. Swarmers, similar in size and appearance to flying ants, are winged termites that indicate a larger colony is nearby. They are most often seen outdoors just after a rainfall.

Experts have divided the termite world into zones called Termite Infestation Probability Zones, or “TIPs.” Illinois is a part of TIP Zone #2 – in other words, your likelihood of getting termites if you live in this area is significant. For this reason, maintaining a termite prevention program is absolutely essential. It’s estimated that in the U.S. alone, termites do $30 billion in damage every year, an average of $3,000 per affected homeowner.

Don’t wait for the damage to be done – call Pointe Pest Control to discuss a termite prevention plan that works best for your home and budget. Start our spring off right by contacting us today.