Termites in Missouri

Termite Activity in Missouri

Termites are active across the state, from Kansas City to Springfield and from Jefferson City to St. Louis, Missouri.

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

Subterranean termite:

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Drywood termite:

picture of drywood termite

Are Formosan Termites in Missouri?
Formosan termites have not been identified in Missouri. The closest identified Formosan termite infestations have been located in southwest Tennessee.

Formosan termite:

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

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