Termites in Vermont

Termite Activity in Vermont

Termites are more likely to be found in southern Vermont cities, like Manchester, than in cities further north, like Burlington, Montpelier and Newport, Vermont.

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

Subterranean termite:

picture of subterranean termite

Drywood termite:

picture of drywood termite

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

Formosan termite:

picture of formosan termite

When Do Termites Swarm in Vermont?
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 Vermont is described below.

More Information about Termites in Vermont
According to Termite Infestation Probability Zones (TIP Zones), the southern portion of Vermont is in TIP Zone #3 (slight to moderate), which means there is some potential for damage by subterranean termites. Areas with lower probabilities for activity require fewer termite control measures to meet International Residential Code building standards for new homes than areas with more frequent activity.

Although drywood termites are not established in Vermont, 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 Vermont where termites are active, it is essential to maintain an effective termite prevention and control program. If you own a home in Vermont, particularly in the southern portion of the state, talk to your termite control expert about methods to help protect your home from termite infestations and damage.