Termite Activity in Alaska

It is unlikely that a home in Alaska will have a termite infestation or damage. Termites are not able to survive in extremely cold climates, so there are no established termite species in Alaska.

Subterranean termites – the species able to adapt to most climates – can live in every state in the U.S., except Alaska. This termite species cannot survive in areas where the top soil is frozen or nearly frozen for most of the year.

Due to the extreme climate, drywood termites are not active in Alaska either. However, they may be transported to the state in infested wooden objects, such as furniture and wine crates.

While it is unlikely anyone in Fairbanks, Anchorage or Juneau, Alaska, will need to identify a termite, a licensed pest control expert can help identify insect species, including termites that are not native to the state.