Termites in New Jersey

Termite Activity in New Jersey

Termites are active across the state, from Atlantic City to Newark and from Hackensack to Trenton, New Jersey.

What Types of Termites are in New Jersey?
Subterranean termites are known to cause damage to homes in New Jersey. 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 Jersey?
Formosan termites have not been identified in New Jersey. 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 Jersey?
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 New Jersey are described below.

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