What are the most termite-infested cities in the USA?

Published on 15 July 2021
termites and alates on wood

The warmer the temperature, the more active the termites are and the more they infest your home. Indeed, some locations in the USA are more humid and warmer than others, which favors termite infestation and causes major damage. 

What cities are most infested with termites?

According to different top lists, including the ones from the biggest Pest Management Professionals such as Orkin, Terminix, Truly Nolen, Rentokil or Anticimex, the cities that are repeatedly among the most infested with termites are the following ones: 

  • Miami, FL
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Dallax, TX
  • San Diego, CA
  • Orlando, FL
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Nashville, TN
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Baton Rouge, LA
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Washington DC
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Memphis, TN
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • San Francisco, CA

 

Take a look at the TOP 50 Termite infested cities by Terminix

Why are these cities infested with termites?

During swarming seasons, termites look for food and moisture. Regarding the Subterranean termites (Rhinotermitidae), they need constant contact with soil to reach water and are mostly found in North America. However, drywood termites – scientifically known as Kalotermitidae – are looking for dry woods, as their name would suggest. As for dampwood termite (Hodotermitidae and Termopsidae), they look for wood that is extremely humid to establish their colony. Geographic location contributes to the likelihood that homeowners will experience infestations. Warm weather and constant humidity mean that residents in the south are the most likely to experience termite activity. 

What are the worst U.S States for termites?

Termite control companies and entomologists refer to the states with extreme termite pressure as the “termite belt“. These states are mainly: 

  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • South Carolina
  • Alabama
  • Mississippi
  • Louisiana
  • Texas
  • California

 

The termite belt is located in the south of the US as you can see on the map below.

Concentration of termites in the USA and homeowner termite risk:

Concentration of termites in USA and homeowner termite risk

Location also depends on the termite specie. Here are the most infested cities by Formosan termites