Termites in New Hampshire

Termite Activity in New Hampshire

Termites are more likely to be found in southern New Hampshire cities, like Concord, Nashua and Portsmouth, than in cities further north, like Berlin, New Hampshire.

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

Subterranean termite:

picture of subterranean termite

Drywood termite:

picture of drywood termite

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

Formosan termite:

picture of formosan termite

When Do Termites Swarm in New Hampshire?
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 New Hampshire is described below.

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