Termites in Pennsylvania
Termite Activity in Pennsylvania
Termites are active across the state, from Pittsburgh to Harrisburg and from Philadelphia to Scranton, Pennsylvania.
What Types of Termites are in Pennsylvania?
Subterranean termites are known to cause damage to homes in Pennsylvania.
Drywood termites are not native to the state.
Are Formosan Termites in Pennsylvania?
Formosan termites have not been identified in Pennsylvania. This species typically lives in very warm locations in the southern U.S.
When Do Termites Swarm in Pennsylvania?
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 Pennsylvania are described below.
The eastern subterranean termite swarms in the daytime from March to May.
The dark southeastern subterranean termite usually swarms during the day between March and June.
More Information about Termites in Pennsylvania
According to Termite Infestation Probability Zones (TIP Zones), Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania, 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 Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania, talk to your termite control expert about methods to help protect your home from termite infestations and damage.