What areas of the country are most likely to have drywood termite infestations occur?

Monday, August 26, 2019

Drywood termites require a warm and humid environment to live, because they receive all their moisture from the wood they consume. So they occur predominantly along the southern margin of the U.S., especially near the coast along the Gulf of Mexico and sothern Pacific Ocean. Unless the infestation is both new and small, tenting of a home is the only way to eliminate drywood termites.

 
  Drywood colonies are small, usually only a few thousand, and swarmers are not strong fliers. So they spread slowly from house to house each Spring, with the highest concentration of infestations in older neighborhoods of wood houses. 

Subterranean Termites Cover A Larger Area Of The U.S.

    Subterranean termites, the ones that live in the ground and come up into a house to devour the wood, are found throughout a much larger area of the country. For a graphic map of their distribution, see our blog post What is a TIP Zone Map?

• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •  

To learn more about termites, see these other blog posts:

 Should I be worried about termites if my neighbor's house is being tented?

 Is the WDO (termite) inspector allowed to poke holes in my wood siding and trim? 

 Do carpenter ants cause structural damage to houses in Florida?

 How long before closing can you have a WDO (termite) inspection done?

 How long does Bora-Care® last? 

 Why is it a mistake to store lumber in the crawl space under a house?

 Does the presence of carpenter ants in a house indicate that there are probably also termites? 

 How do termites infest a house and remain hidden while doing major damage?

 Are homes in Florida required to have termite protection? 

 If termite damage appears to be old, does that mean that termites may no longer be present?

 How do I know if my WDO/termite report is "clear"? 

 When do termites swarm in Florida?

 Does a recent termite company inspection sticker mean there are no termites? 

 Can a mobile/manufactured home get termites?

 Do I have to tent the house if I have termites? 

 What is the difference between a subterranean termite and a drywood termite?

 What are the green plastic discs in the ground around the house? 

 What is a termite shield?

 How do termites get into a concrete block house? 

 Do termites eat concrete?

 What is a clean WDO?  

 What do termites eat?

 How do I treat wood rot  that's listed in my termite-WDO report? 

 Do I really need a termite-WDO inspection? 

 What's causing those holes in the fascia?

 Does wood chip mulch in the yard attract termites?

 I think I have termites. What does a termite look like?

 I'm buying a concrete block house. Do I still need a termite inspection? 

• I saw a little termite damage on the baseboard. Should I be concerned?

• Why do termite inspectors tap the wood siding and baseboard wood in a home? 

• What are the minimum access openings for a termite (WDO) inspector in Florida for a crawl space and attic, and within these spaces?

• What does a termite mud tube look like? 

       Visit our TERMITES, WOOD ROT AND PESTS page for other related blog posts on this subject, or go to the INDEX for a complete listing of all our articles.  

Map - NISUS Inc.

Water Heaters

Water Heater Age

Wells

Septic Tank Systems

Structure and Rooms

Plumbing Pipes

Termites, Wood Rot

& Pests

Sinkholes

Stairs

When It First

Became Code

"Should I Buy A..."

Park Model Homes

Site

Shingle Roofs

Safety

Stucco

Remodeling

Wind Mitigation Form

Roof and Attic

"Does A Home

Inspector...?"

Pool and Spa

"What Is The Difference Between..."

Radon

Brick

Plumbing

Concrete and

Concrete Block

Metal Roofs

Foundations

Modular Homes

Rain Gutters

Mold, Lead & Other Contaminants

Condominiums

Older and

Historic Houses

Crawl Spaces

Mobile/Manufactured Homes

Building Permits

Life Expectancy

Clay Soil

Insurance

Floors

Insulation

Toilets

Exterior Walls & Structures

Generators

Common Problems

HUD-Code for

Mobile Homes

Garages and Carports

Flat (Low Slope) Roofs

Electrical Panels

Sprinkler Systems

Electrical Receptacle Outlets

4-Point Inspections

Hurricane Resistance

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Home Inspection

Heating and Air Conditioning

Building Codes

Fireplaces and Chimneys

Inspector Licensing

& Standards

Energy Efficiency

Washers and Dryers

Electrical

Kitchens

Doors and Windows

(placeholder)

Cracks

Electrical Wiring

Click Below  

for Links

to Collections

of Blog Posts

by Subject

Plumbing Drains

and Traps

Appliances

Smoke & CO Alarms

Aging in Place

Top 5 results given instantly.

Click on magnifying glass

for all search results.

Bathrooms

Lighting

AFCI, CAFCI,

DFCI, & GFCI

Sinks

Air Conditioner & Furnace Age/Size

Attics

Electrical Switches

Siding

Search

This

Site

Water Intrusion

Electrical - Old

and Obsolete

(placeholder)

Foundation Certifications

Tiny Houses

How To Look At A House

McGarry and Madsen's home inspection blog for buyers of  

site-built, mobile/manfuactured and modular homes

About Us