Termites in West Virginia

Termite Activity in West Virginia

Termites are active across the state, from Huntington to Charleston and from Bluefield to Morgantown, West Virginia.

What Types of Termites Are in West Virginia?

Subterranean termites are known to damage homes in West Virginia. Drywood termites are not native to the state.

Subterranean termite:

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Dampwood termite:

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Are Formosan Termites in West Virginia?

Formosan termites have not been identified in West Virginia. The closest Formosan termite infestations have been in southern and western North Carolina.

Formosan termite:

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When Do Termites Swarm in West Virginia?

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 West Virginia are described below.

More Information about Termites in West Virginia

According to Termite Infestation Probability Zones (TIP Zones), West Virginia 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 West Virginia, it is possible for termites to travel in wooden objects, such as furniture and wine crates, and develop 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 West Virginia 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 West Virginia, talk to your termite control expert about methods to help protect your home from termite infestations and damage.