The Municipality of Kincardine has Termite Control Areas as defined in our Termite Control By-Law.

If you have found termites or think you may have termites contact the Building Department.


Termites found in Ontario are Eastern Subterranean Termites. Termites occur in large colonies that live underground. They prefer damp conditions and sandy soils. Termites do not like to be exposed to light so they will build shelter tubes (sand tunnels) above ground to feed on any available wood source. Termites are small insects that range in size from 1/8 inch to 1 inch in length. Termites have six legs and can be easily confused with an ant. But unlike the ant, termites are creamy brown or white in colour.

If you are interested in learning more about termites checkout our termite presentation.

Ideal conditions for termites

Any wood poses a risk for termite infestation. Stumps, dead tress, wood retaining walls, wood chip mulch, unused firewood piles, wood decks and fences all provide the ideal conditions required for the feeding and nesting of termites.

Prevent Termites

The best way to reduce the risk of a termite infestation is through prevention. Where possible avoid wood soil contact (i.e. mulched gardens), create and maintain a clear area around buildings, and eliminate damp conditions around buildings. Check out our Termite Prevention Brochure for more information.