Miami Holds Top Spot on Orkin’s Second Annual Termite Cities List – PRNewswire

Posted: March 9, 2020 at 8:47 am

Savannah, Ga., made the largest leap, moving up 18 spots from last year to number 30 on the list. Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Lafayette, La., are newcomers to the list, holding numbers 41 and 49, respectively.

The list is based on treatment data from the metro areas where Orkin performed the most first-time customer termite treatmentsfrom February 1, 2019 January 31, 2020. The ranking includes both residential and commercial treatments.

For termites, all areas of the U.S. are susceptible to infestations, though specific area pressures of subterranean termites vary from slight to heavy. The Pacific Coast and coastal regions of the Southeast see the additional threat of drywood termites.

Termites swarm based on favorable weather conditions. Most species of subterranean termites swarm in the spring and summer, where drywood termites typically swarm in the late summer and fall months. Major variations in weather typically mean variations in swarms, as well.

Termites swarm when they are searching for their two main factors of survival: moisture and food. Due to urbanization, termites will find their way to residential properties for food sources, as there are fewer dead trees to invade.

"Termites are an especially sneaky pest, as they can hide and thrive in your home or on your property for years without being detected," said Glen Ramsey, an Orkin entomologist. "Approximately 600,000 U.S. homes a year are faced with termite damage, and homeowners spend an average of $3,000 to repair that damage once it has been identified."

Termites are a threat to more than just your household, so early detection is critical. Here are some facts about termite swarms and tips to help avoid them:

Property owners can get termites from:

Signs of a termite infestation include:

Proactive tips that Orkin recommends for homeowners:

If a termite introduction is suspected, a pest management professional should be contacted immediately to assess the property. For more information about termite prevention and detection, visit

About Orkin, LLCFounded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects. The company operates more than 400 locations with almost 8,000 employees. Through Orkin's Points of Service process Investigate, Protect, Fortify, Keep Watch, Report and Follow Up Orkin provides customized services to approximately 1.7 million homeowners and businesses in the United States and has nearly 100 international locations in more than65countries. Orkin is committed to studying pest biology and applying scientifically proven methods. The company collaborates with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and eight major universities to conduct research and help educate consumers and businesses on pest-related health threats. Learn more about Orkin Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary ofRollins Inc.(NYSE: ROL). Follow us onFacebook,LinkedIn, YouTube and Instagram.


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