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Termites in Maine

Termite Activity in Maine

Termites are more commonly found in cities in southern Maine, such as Portland, than in cities further north, such as Augusta, Bangor or Lincoln, Maine.

What Types of Termites are in Maine?

Subterranean termites are known to cause damage to homes in southern Maine. Drywood termites are not native to the state.

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Are Formosan Termites in Maine?

Formosan termites have not been identified in Maine. This species typically lives in very warm locations in the southern U.S.

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When Do Termites Swarm in Maine?

Generally, termites swarm on a warm day after a rainfall. Swarms may occur during the winter in heated buildings. The swarming habit of the most common species in Maine is described below.

More Information about Termites in Maine

According to Termite Infestation Probability Zones (TIP Zones), the very southern portion of Maine is in TIP Zone #3 (slight to moderate), which means there is some potential for damage by termites. Areas with lower probabilities for activity require fewer termite control measures to meet International Residential Code building standards for new homes than areas with more frequent activity.

Although drywood termites are not established in Maine, 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 Maine where termites are active, it is essential to maintain an effective termite prevention and control program. If you own a home in Maine, talk to your termite control expert about methods to help protect your home from termite infestations and damage.

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