Termites in Michigan

Termite Activity in Michigan

Termites are active across the southern half of the state, from Grand Rapids to Detroit to Ann Arbor, MI. They are less likely to be found in northern cities like Traverse City and Marquette, Michigan.

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

Subterranean termite:

picture of subterranean termite

Drywood termite:

picture of drywood termite

Are Formosan Termites in Michigan?
Formosan termites have not been identified in Michigan. This species typically lives in very warm locations in the southern U.S.

Formosan termite:

picture of formosan termite

When Do Termites Swarm in Michigan?
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 Michigan is described below.

More Information about Termites in Michigan
According to Termite Infestation Probability Zones (TIP Zones), the southern half of Michigan is located in TIP Zone #3 (slight to moderate), which means there is some potential for damage by subterranean 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 Michigan, 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 established bases. A licensed termite inspector can help identify species not native to the state.

In states like Michigan where termites are active, it is essential to maintain an effective termite prevention and control program. If you own a home in Michigan, talk to your termite control expert about methods to help protect your home from termite infestations and damage.