Termites in Idaho
Termite Activity in Idaho
Termites are active throughout Idaho, from Coeur d’Alene to Boise, Twin Falls and Pocatello.
What Types of Termites Are in Idaho?
Subterranean termites are known to damage homes in Idaho. Dampwood termites also are established in areas of Idaho; however, dampwood termites are less likely than subterranean termites to damage structures due to their high moisture requirements. Drywood termites are not native to the state.
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Are Formosan Termites in Idaho?
Formosan termites have not been identified in Idaho.
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When Do Termites Swarm in Idaho?
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 Idaho are described below.
The western subterranean termite can swarm any time of year. This species typically swarms during the day in the rainy season, which may fall any time between autumn, winter and spring.
The arid-land subterranean termite swarms during the day in the spring and fall.
The Nevada dampwood termite often swarms in spring, just before sunset.
More Information about Termites in Idaho
According to Termite Infestation Probability Zones (TIP Zones), Idaho is located in TIP Zone #2 (moderate to 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.
Although drywood termites are not established in Idaho, infestations are possible if termites are transported to the state in wooden objects, such as furniture and wine crates. Drywood termites have been found in areas far from their native habitats and climates. A licensed termite inspector can help identify species not native to the state.
In states like Idaho 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 Idaho, talk to your termite control expert about methods to help protect your home from termite infestations and damage.
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