Termites in New Mexico

Termite Activity in New Mexico

Termites are active across the state of New Mexico, from Bloomfield to Santa Fe and from Albuquerque to Carlsbad, New Mexico.

What Types of Termites Are in New Mexico?
Both subterranean and drywood termites are known to damage homes in New Mexico.

Subterranean termite:

picture of subterranean termite

Drywood termite:

picture of drywood termite

Are Formosan Termites in New Mexico?
Formosan termites have not been identified in New Mexico. The closest identified Formosan termite infestations have been found in southern California and the eastern half of Texas.

Formosan termite:

picture of formosan termite

When Do Termites Swarm in New Mexico?
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 New Mexico are described below.

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