Termites in Kentucky

Termite Activity in Kentucky

Termites are active across the state, from Paducah to Louisville and Lexington to Richmond, Kentucky.

What Types of Termites Are in Kentucky?
Subterranean termites are known to damage homes in Kentucky. Drywood termites are not active in the state.

Subterranean termite:

picture of subterranean termite

Drywood termite:

picture of drywood termite

Are Formosan Termites in Kentucky?
Formosan termites have not been identified in Kentucky. To date, the closest known Formosan termite infestations have been identified in southwest Tennessee and the western portion of North Carolina.

Formosan termite:

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When Do Termites Swarm in Kentucky?
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 Kentucky are described below.

More Information about Termites in Kentucky
According to Termite Infestation Probability Zones (TIP Zones), Kentucky 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 native or well established in Kentucky, there have been occasional infestations caused by transported furniture or other wood items. A licensed termite inspector can help identify species not native to the state.

In states like Kentucky 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 Kentucky, talk to your termite control expert about methods to help protect your home from termite infestations and damage.