Orkin exterminating company ranks Norfolk among 10 worst cities for termite infestations

Norfolk has made a list that virtually no homeowner wants their city to be part of.

On the heels of Termite Awareness Week, exterminator giant Orkin has ranked the mermaid city the seventh-worst place in the United States for the wood-eating insects.

According to Orkin, the 50-city list is based on treatment data from the metropolitan areas where the company performed the most termite treatments from Feb. 1, 2022 to Jan. 31 of this year. The ranking includes both residential and commercial treatments.

Miami was ranked worst, followed by Los Angeles, Tampa, Washington and Raleigh, N.C. East Coast locales dominated the top spots, with other cities near water or in humid areas rounding out the list.

According to Orkin, termites never sleep, leaving ample time to create extensive property damage to homes. So homeowners should always be prepared when it comes to treating their properties against the insects.

“Termites feed primarily on wood and can compromise the strength and safety of an infested structure,” Glen Ramsey, Orkin’s director of technical services, said in a news release. “A customized treatment plan tailored for your situation and ongoing prevention are the best bets for every homeowner. These pests are a threat to your household and beyond, so it’s critical to detect and treat them as early as possible.”

Eliza Noe, eliza.noe@virginiamedia.com