Top 50 Termite Cities in the U.S.

With warmer weather just around the corner, homeowners’ minds are turning to days spent outside, spring cleaning and, unfortunately, termites. As temperatures increase, so does termite activity, meaning it’s a critical time for homeowners to take extra precaution against these destructive pests.

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Terminix today released its list of the top 50 cities who needed termite services last year, as well as tips for early detection to help homeowners fight back.

Where Are Termites Most Common?

Terminix based its ranking on the number of termite treatments per household in the past year*. The top 50 cities for termite services in the United States are:

  1. Mobile, Alabama
  2. Honolulu, Hawaii
  3. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  4. Little Rock, Arkansas
  5. Fort Smith, Arkansas
  6. Memphis, Tennessee
  7. Tyler-Longview, Texas
  8. Miami, Florida
  9. Phoenix, Arizona
  10. Dallas, Texas
  11. Los Angeles, California
  12. West Palm Beach, Florida
  13. Houston, Texas
  14. Paducah, Kentucky
  15. Jacksonville, Florida
  16. Orlando, Florida
  17. Tampa, Florida
  18. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  19. San Diego, California
  20. Montgomery, Alabama
  21. San Antonio, Texas
  22. Jackson, Mississippi
  23. Cincinnati, Ohio
  24. Shreveport, Louisiana
  25. Tallahassee, Florida
  26. Tucson, Arizona
  27. Atlanta, Georgia
  28. Waco, Texas
  29. Tulsa, Oklahoma
  30. Nashville, Tennessee
  31. Fresno, California
  32. Johnson City, Tennessee
  33. Washington, D.C.
  34. Savannah, Georgia
  35. Chattanooga, Tennessee
  36. Huntsville, Alabama
  37. Austin, Texas
  38. Baltimore, Maryland
  39. New York, New York
  40. Evansville, Indiana
  41. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  42. Louisville, Kentucky
  43. Lafayette, Louisiana
  44. San Francisco, California
  45. Springfield, Missouri
  46. Harlingen, Texas
  47. Fort Myers, Florida
  48. Sacramento, California
  49. Dayton, Ohio
  50. Lexington, Kentucky

Detecting Termites Early

Termite warning signs depend on the species of termite and could include:

  • Bugs emerging from walls or posts
  • Blisters in wood flooring, which look like small cracks or holes
  • Hollowed or damaged wood
  • Evidence of the pests themselves, such as discarded wings
  • Droppings resembling sawdust or coffee grounds
  • Mud tubes, which look like pencil-sized dirt tunnels, near the base of the home

Early detection paired with professional expertise can help prevent a termite infestation from becoming an expensive ordeal. Terminix recommends that homeowners have their homes inspected at least once a year.

How You Can Help Prevent Termite Destruction

Along with scheduling a free termite inspection with Terminix, homeowners can take simple measures to help reduce the risk of a termite infestation, including:

  • Store all firewood away from the home on raised, non-wood platforms
  • Ensure four inches of the foundation is showing and that no mulch touches the home. Siding should not extend down to the soil.
  • Be sure bushes or landscaping are at least two feet away from the exterior of the home
  • Keep drainage systems unblocked and routed away from the home to avoid water buildup
  • Eliminate any water leaks or moisture buildups from the home

Contact the Termite Experts

The best way to help make sure you’re protected is to call in the experts. Terminix technicians are experts at identifying and treating termite issues and can help you defend your home. Learn more and schedule your free termite inspection here.


*This ranking was created by compiling termite-specific data of services rendered at more than 300 Terminix branches across the country. The rankings represent Designated Market Areas (DMAs) of over 200,000 single-family households with the highest number of termite treatments per household between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018.

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