Termite Control for Your Home

Termites in the Midwest: What You Should Know

Many people are surprised to learn that there are termites in Wisconsin and across the Midwest. Termites are still looked at as a southern pest. Where termites are more common in the south, they have been established in the Midwest for some time. Experts believed that termites were originally brought to the area through railroad ties and landscape lumber, and since then became established and have spread in pockets across the Midwest.

Where Termites Live in the Midwest

There are some areas of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin that are more prone to termite infestations than others:

  • Illinois: North of I-80 is at slight risk, south of I-80 is at moderate risk
  • Iowa: Follow I-80 across from Illinois, north of I-80 is at slight risk, south of I-80 is at moderate risk
  • Minnesota: Slight risk in the southeastern corner, including the cities of Minneapolis, St. Paul, Winona, Rochester and Mankato, among others.
  • Wisconsin: Slight risk as a whole, but higher risk pockets include Kenosha, Racine, Milwaukee (Lake Shore West to Wauwatosa), New Berlin, Waukesha, Oshkosh, Green Bay, Sheboygan, La Crosse, Beloit, Janesville, Monroe, West Allis and Oak Creek, among others.

Finding Signs of Termites

One thing to keep in mind when it comes to termites in your home is that they may be called the silent pest, but they do generally leave signs of their presence. A Wil-Kil professional is trained to identify those signs when they are visible and can help determine a potential termite issue. Wil-Kil’s team is also trained to find conditions conducive to termites such as rotting wood, areas where wood connects with the soil and other trigger points, so we can inform homeowners of steps they can take to correct these issues and prevent future termite outbreaks. Wil-Kil offers termite inspections (including those required by HUD), preventative termite treatments for new constructions and termite control for an established termite issue.

When should you call Wil-Kil to investigate a termite issue?

  • When you are purchasing a home
  • When you are building a new home
  • If you find shed wings on the interior or exterior of your home, potentially from a termite swarm
  • If you see mud tubes on exterior walls, particularly on the foundation, signaling that termites have begun moving into your home

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