Are there termites in CT?

Are there termites in CT? The short answer is yes, but which type?  There all different types of termites in the world, but the only one in Connecticut is the eastern subterranean termite.  The eastern subterranean termite is small, but what they lack in size they more than compensate for in numbers.  Is Connecticut infested? No, but we have a lot more activity than people may think.

Eastern subterranean termites

If you own a home in CT and it’s been diagnosed with termites, don’t worry you’re not alone.  Termites are actually quite a problem in CT and some areas have more activity than others.  For instance, if you live along the highway 95 corridor there’s a better than average chance you’ve found a problem.  However, while termites are present in Litchfield county it’s much less likely to be found.  There are many reasons why, but my personal theory is the sandy soil and the proximity of the homes to one another.  In most neighborhoods if one house has termites it’s likely they all do. This is great for pest control companies, but not so for homeowners.

The first thing that you’ll need to know about termites in CT is that there is a period of predicated limited activity.  In general this time is from roughly November to March.  However, that doesn’t stop inspectors from occasionally finding live activity inside or from spotting the damage left behind.  Termite inspections can be done anytime, but termite treatments are typically done during warmer weather.

The second thing you’ll need to know about subterranean termites is where they live.  In

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general unless there is an above ground moisture source such as an active leak and subterranean termites live in the soil.  A termite colony is below the topsoil but above the water table.

Last, subterranean termites have a four tiered caste system.  In a termite colony you’ll find a queen, workers, soldiers and reproductives.  Each caste has a specific job within the colony and coincidently the only caste that does damage are the workers.  If you’d like to know more about termites you can do so here.

Are there termites in CT? Yes, and if you have them you’ll need an experienced professional to help.  Call Envirocare at 1-888-879-6481. We’ll provide you with a free inspection and quote.

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