Termites in Georgia
Termite Activity in Georgia
Termites are active across the state of Georgia, from Atlanta to Athens and Columbus to Valdosta to Savannah, Georgia.
Are Formosan Termites in Georgia?
Formosan termites have been identified in Georgia, although they are not common in the state. The University of Georgia formed The Georgia Formosan Subterranean Termite Eradication Initiative to educate local government officials, property owners and pest control experts about Formosan termites. The program was formed to help prevent the spread of this aggressive wood-destroying insect. In particular, the program has focused on educating Georgia residents about the spread of Formosan termites through recycled railroad timbers.
The Initiative continues to track Formosan termite activity in the state. The discovery of Formosan termites in Georgia should be reported to a local county extension agency or the University of Georgia campus in Griffin, Ga.
When Do Termites Swarm in Georgia?
Generally, termites swarm on a warm day after a rainfall. Swarms also may occur during the winter in heated buildings. The swarming habits of the most common species in Georgia are described below.
- The eastern subterranean termite swarms in daylight from February to May. Swarms typically take place earlier in the season in Georgia and other warm, southern states.
- The Formosan termite swarms at night during the late spring.
- The dark southeastern subterranean termite usually swarms in daylight between March and June.
- The tropical rough-headed drywood termite swarms at night, from late spring through mid-summer.
- The southeastern drywood termite swarms at night, usually in the spring.
More Information about Termites in Georgia
According to Termite Infestation Probability Zones (TIP Zones), Georgia is located in TIP Zone #1 (very heavy), which means the potential for termite damage is considered significant. Areas with higher probabilities for termite activity require more termite control measures to meet International Residential Code building standards for new homes than areas with less frequent activity.
Experts estimate Georgia residents spend between $200 million and $300 million each year to control and repair damage from subterranean termite infestations.
In states like Georgia where termites are very active and widespread, it is essential to maintain an effective termite prevention and control program. If you own a home in Georgia, talk to your termite control expert about methods to help protect your home from termite infestations and damage.