Termites in Oklahoma

Termite Activity in Oklahoma

Termites are active across the state of Oklahoma, from Guymon to Tulsa and from Oklahoma City to Muskogee, Oklahoma.

What Types of Termites Are in Oklahoma?
Subterranean termites are known to damage homes in Oklahoma. Drywood termites are not native to the state.

Subterranean termite:

picture of subterranean termite

Drywood termite:

picture of drywood termite

Are Formosan Termites in Oklahoma?
Formosan termites have not been identified in Oklahoma. However, they have been identified in Texas, just south of the Oklahoma border.

Formosan termite:

picture of formosan termite

When Do Termites Swarm in Oklahoma?
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 Oklahoma are described below.

More Information about Termites in Oklahoma
According to Termite Infestation Probability Zones (TIP Zones), Oklahoma 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.

Although drywood termites are not established in Oklahoma, it is possible for termites to travel in wooden objects, such as furniture and wine crates. Drywood termites have been found in areas far from their established bases. A licensed termite inspector can help identify species not native to the state.

In states like Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma, talk to your termite control expert about methods to help protect your home from termite infestations and damage.