Termites in Nevada
Termite Activity in Nevada
Termites are active across the entire state of Nevada, from Las Vegas to Carson City and Reno and across to Elko, Nevada.
What Types of Termites Are in Nevada?
Subterranean and drywood termites are known to damage homes in Nevada. Dampwood termites also are common in Nevada; however, dampwood termites are less likely to damage structures than subterranean and drywood termites.
Are Formosan Termites in Nevada?
Formosan termites have not been identified in Nevada. The closest identified Formosan termite infestations have been in southern California.
When Do Termites Swarm in Nevada?
Generally, termites swarm on a warm day after a rainfall. Swarms also may occur during the winter in heated buildings. The swarming habits of the most common species in Nevada are described below.
- The western subterranean termite swarms during the day in the local rainy season, which may fall in autumn, winter or early spring.
- The arid-land subterranean termite swarms in daylight in the spring and fall.
- The desert dampwood termite swarms in the evening from May to September.
- The Nevada dampwood termite swarms in spring, typically just before sunset.
More Information about Termites in Nevada
According to Termite Infestation Probability Zones (TIP Zones), the southern two-thirds of Nevada are located in TIP Zone #2 (moderate to heavy), which means the potential for termite damage is considered significant. The northern third of the state is located in TIP Zone #3 (slight to moderate), which means there is some potential for damage by subterranean termites. Areas with higher probabilities for termite activity require more termite control measures to meet International Residential Code building standards for new homes than areas with less frequent activity.
In states like Nevada 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 Nevada, talk to your termite control expert about methods to help protect your home from termite infestations and damage.