Termites in Maryland

Termite Activity in Maryland

Termites are active across the state, from Frederick to Bethesda and Baltimore to Annapolis, Maryland.

What Types of Termites are in Maryland?
Subterranean termites are known to cause damage to homes in Maryland. Drywood termites are not native to the state.

Subterranean termite:

picture of subterranean termite

Drywood termite:

picture of drywood termite

Are Formosan Termites in Maryland?
Formosan termites have not been identified in Maryland. This species typically lives in very warm locations. Many experts believe this termite would not be able to survive in the colder temperatures of the northern U.S. However, the species is located in North Carolina, which means it can survive in cooler temperatures than scientists once believed.

Formosan termite:

picture of formosan termite

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

More Information about Termites in Maryland
According to Termite Infestation Probability Zones (TIP Zones), Maryland 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 Maryland, 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 Maryland 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 Maryland, talk to your termite control expert about methods to help protect your home from termite infestations and damage.