Termites in New York

Termite Activity in New York

Termites are active across the state, from New York City and Long Island to Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Albany, New York.

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

More Information about Termites in New York
Although drywood termites are not established in New York, 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 York where termites are active and widespread, it is essential to maintain an effective termite prevention and control program. If you own a home in New York, talk to your termite control expert about methods to help protect your home from termite infestations and damage.