Termites in Wisconsin

Termite Activity in Wisconsin

Termites are active across the state, from Washburn to Eau Claire to Green Bay and down to Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

What Types of Termites are in Wisconsin?

Subterranean termites are known to cause damage to homes in Wisconsin. Drywood termites are not native to the state.

Subterranean termite:

Drywood termite:

Are Formosan Termites in Wisconsin?

Formosan termites have not been identified in Wisconsin. This species typically lives in very warm locations in the southern U.S.

Formosan termite:

formosan

When Do Termites Swarm in Wisconsin?

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 Wisconsin is described below.

More Information about Termites in Wisconsin
According to Termite Infestation Probability Zones (TIP Zones), Wisconsin is located in TIP Zone #3 (slight to moderate), which means there is some potential for damage by 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 Wisconsin, 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 Wisconsin where termites are active, it is essential to maintain an effective termite prevention and control program. If you own a home in Wisconsin, talk to your termite control expert about methods to help protect your home from termite infestations and damage.