While only 45 of the world’s 2,500 termite species are found in the United States, most of them live in the warmer climates of southern states, including Missouri. Our experts at Elite Pest Control share valuable information about termites found in Missouri, including the swarming behavior that is a sign of a nearby infestation.
Subterranean Termites in Missouri
Termite species native to Missouri are subterranean, as opposed to wood-dwelling, the other broad classification. While the latter species live primarily in coastal areas, they can be transported via shipping of wood products.
Subterranean termites are valuable to the ecosystem because they help release nutrients from organic materials into the soil. But when these termites infest human habitats they are more destructive than wood-dwelling termites, causing $4.5 billion in damages each year.
Swarming Behavior of Termites
Termite colonies breed swarmers, or alates, for the sole purpose of reproduction and expansion. Once the colony reaches capacity, male and female alates head out into a swarm, where they pair up and find a new location to nest and mate.
Subterranean termites found in Missouri swarm in daylight during these periods:
– Eastern subterraneans swarm from March through May.
– Dark southeastern subterraneans swarm from March through June.
– Light southeastern subterraneans swarm from August through October.
Effective Termite Removal from Elite Pest Control
The U.S. Forest Service places Missouri in the Termite Infestation Probability (TIP) Zone 2, which is classified as moderate to heavy. Contact Elite Pest Control to schedule a free inspection from our professional technicians.