Termites in Rhode Island

Termite Activity in Rhode Island

Termites are active across the state, from Woonsocket to Providence and from Warwick to Charlestown, Rhode Island.

What Types of Termites are in Rhode Island?
Subterranean termites are known to cause damage to homes in Rhode Island. Drywood termites are not native to the state.

Subterranean termite:

picture of subterranean termite

Drywood termite:

picture of drywood termite

Are Formosan Termites in Rhode Island?
Formosan termites have not been identified in Rhode Island. This species typically lives in very warm locations in the southern U.S.

Formosan termite:

picture of formosan termite

When Do Termites Swarm in Rhode Island?
Generally, termites swarm on a warm day after a rainfall. Swarms may occur during the winter in heated buildings. The swarming habit of the most common species in Rhode Island is described below.

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