Termites in Nebraska

Termite Activity in Nebraska

Termites are active across the state, from Scottsbluff and North Platte to Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska.

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

Subterranean termite:

picture of subterranean termite

Drywood termite:

picture of drywood termite

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

Formosan termite:

picture of formosan termite

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

More Information about Termites in Nebraska
According to Termite Infestation Probability Zones (TIP Zones), the southeastern half of Nebraska is located in TIP Zone #2 (moderate to heavy), which means the potential for termite damage is considered significant. The northeastern half of the state 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 Nebraska, 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 Nebraska 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 Nebraska, talk to your termite control expert about methods to help protect your home from termite infestations and damage.