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Termite Activity in Ohio

Termites are active across the state of Ohio, from Cincinnati to Dayton and Columbus to Akron to Cleveland.

What Types of Termites are in Ohio?

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

Are Formosan Termites in Ohio?

Formosan termites have not been identified in Ohio. The closest identified Formosan termite infestations have been found in Tennessee and North Carolina.

When Do Termites Swarm in Ohio?

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 Ohio are described below.

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

More Information about Termites in Ohio

According to Termite Infestation Probability Zones (TIP Zones), Ohio 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 Ohio, 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 Ohio 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 Ohio, talk to your termite control expert about methods to help protect your home from termite infestations and damage.

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