termites in texas

Termite Activity in Texas

Termites are active across Texas, from Amarillo to Midland, across the Dallas,Fort Worth area and down to San Antonio, Houston and Corpus Christi.

What Types of Termites Are in Texas?

Subterranean and drywood termites popular to causing damage in homes in Texas.

Are Formosan Termites in Texas?

Formosan termites have been identified in Texas. In fact, there has been confirmed discovery of Formosan termite infestations 30 counties in the eastern half of Texas, including Anderson, Angelina, Aransas, Bexar, Brazoria, Brazos, Cameron, Chambers, Collin, Colorado, Comal, Dallas, Denton, Fort Bend, Galveston, Gregg, Harris, Henderson, Hidalgo, Jefferson, Johnson, Liberty, Nacogdoches, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Rockwall, Smith, Tarrant and Travis County.

When Do Termites Swarm in Texas?

Actually, termites swarm on a warm day after a rainfall. Swarms can also occur during in heated buildings during winter. The swarming habits of the most common species in Texas are described below.

  • The eastern subterranean termite usually swarms from February to May. This species swarms typically in the morning hours.
  • The Formosan termite swarms at night usually during the late spring.
  • Southeastern drywood termites (Incisitermes snyderi) swarm at night in the spring.
  • The dark southeastern subterranean termite typically swarms during the day in March and June.
  • The light southeastern subterranean termite swarms during the day in the fall.
  • The arid-land subterranean termite swarms in daylight in the spring and fall.
  • The western drywood termite swarms also during the day in summer.

More Information about Termites in Texas

According to Termite Infestation Probability Zones (TIP Zones), eastern Texas is located in TIP Zone #1 (heavy to moderate) and western Texas is located in TIP Zone #2 (moderate to heavy), meaning that the potential for termite damage is considered significant. Areas with higher tendencies for termite activities requires more termite control measures to meet International Residential Code building standards for new homes than areas with less frequent activity.

In states like Texas where termites are very active and in large numbers, maintaining an effective termite prevention and control program is regarded as being important. If you own a home in Texas, then converse with your termite control expert about protective methods for your home against termite infestations and damage.

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