Arkansas

Termite Activity in Arkansas

Termites are active across the state, from Fayetteville and Rogers to Jonesboro, Little Rock and Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

What Types of Termites are in Arkansas?
Subterranean termites are known to cause damage to homes in Arkansas. Drywood termites are not native to the state.

Are Formosan Termites in Arkansas?
Formosan termites have not been identified in Arkansas. However, Formosan termites have been identified in surrounding states, including Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.

When Do Termites Swarm in Arkansas?
Generally, termites swarm on a warm day after a rainfall. Swarms may occur during the winter in heated buildings. The swarming habits of the most common species in Arkansas are described below.

  • The eastern subterranean termite swarms in daylight from March to May.
  • The dark southeastern subterranean termite usually swarms in daylight between March and June.
  • The light southeastern subterranean termite swarms during the day from August to October.

More Information about Termites in Arkansas
According to Termite Infestation Probability Zones (TIP Zones), Arkansas is located in TIP Zone #2 (moderate to heavy), which means the potential for termite damage is considered significant. Areas with higher probabilities for 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 Arkansas, 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 Arkansas 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 Arkansas, talk to your termite control expert about methods to help protect your home from termite infestations and damage.

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