Termites in Minnesota

Termite Activity in Minnesota

Termites are active across the southern half of the state, from Duluth to Minneapolis. They are less likely to be found in northern cities like Bemidji and Moorhead, Minnesota.

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

Subterranean termite:

picture of subterranean termite

Drywood termite:

picture of drywood termite

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

Formosan termite:

picture of formosan termite

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

More Information about Termites in Minnesota
According to Termite Infestation Probability Zones (TIP Zones), the southern half of Minnesota is located 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 Minnesota, 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 Minnesota where termites are active, it is essential to maintain an effective termite prevention and control program. If you own a home in Minnesota, talk to your termite control expert about methods to help protect your home from termite infestations and damage.