Termites in Delaware
Termite Activity in Delaware
Termites are active across the state, from Wilmington to Middletown to Dover and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
Are Formosan Termites in Delaware?
Formosan termites have not been identified in Delaware. This species typically lives in very warm locations in the southern U.S.
When Do Termites Swarm in Delaware?
Generally, termites swarm on a warm day after a rainfall. Swarms may occur during the winter in heated buildings. The swarming habits of the most common species in Delaware are described below.
- The eastern subterranean termite swarms during daylight from March to May.
- The dark southeastern subterranean termite usually swarms during the day between March and June.
More Information about Termites in Delaware
According to Termite Infestation Probability Zones (TIP Zones), Delaware is located in TIP Zone #2 (moderate to heavy), which means the potential for termite damage is considered significant. Areas with higher probabilities for activity require more termite control measures to meet International Residential Code building standards for new homes than areas with less frequent activity.
Although drywood termites are not established in Delaware, it is possible for this species to travel in wooden objects, such as furniture and wine crates, and establish colonies in the state. Drywood termites have been found in areas far from their native habitats. A licensed termite inspector can help identify species not native to the state.
In states like Delaware where termites are fairly active and widespread, it is essential to maintain an effective termite prevention and control program. If you own a home in Delaware, talk to your termite control expert about methods to help protect your home from termite infestations and damage.