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Termite Resistant Wood

Summary: Learn the kind of lumber that is rated the most termite resistant wood. What kind of wood was used in the construction of your home?

Douglas fir, hemlock, and spruce are the most common types of wood used for structural lumber. Of these materials, Douglas fir is moderately resistant to termites, whereas the other two are not.
Remember that wood which is not naturally resistant to termites can be treated to make it resistant to termites. Use only "exterior grade" pressure-treated timber for areas that are exposed to weather; otherwise the chemical in the lumber may leach from the wood. Topical treatments, particularly borates that will be exposed to weather, also must have a sealer coat to stop leaching into the ground following rain. Wood rot will attract termites.

Moderately or very resistant

Moderately resistant

Slightly resistant or nonresistant

Arizona cypress

bald cypress (young growth)


bald cypress (old growth)

Douglas fir


black cherry

eastern white pine


black locust

honey locust


black walnut

loblolly pine


bur oak

longleaf pine



shortleaf pine

black oak


swamp chestnut oak





chestnut oak

western larch


gambel oak









Oregon white oak



osage orange



Pacific yew


red oak

post oak



red mulberry


true firs







white oak



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william rizzo
16 Nov 2010, 13:54
is iroko wood highly resistant to termite as it is not indicated. thank you for your time
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16 Nov 2010, 14:45
Iroko wood is very hard wood, so that automatically makes it less attractive to termites.
22 Nov 2010, 04:04
Indoor flooring. Termite resistant, White Oak or Merbau is better.

21 Feb 2011, 20:40
Hi, I am in the region of Indonesia and want to build some bungalows do you know what kinds of Teak's are resistant to Termites, are these woods resistant Iron wood (Belian), Djati Teak & Bangkirai(Belau)? Thank you very much.
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21 Feb 2011, 21:33
The only thing I can tell you for sure is that the harder the wood, the more resistant it is to termites.
13 Mar 2011, 16:57
would a black walnut or red cedar that has been cut down be resistant if placed close to my house
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14 Mar 2011, 12:19
Any wood that has been cut will loose some of its density and density is what makes wood termite resistant. Termites prefer food sources other than Western Red Cedar, however in the absence of alternative food sources, some termites will attack Western Red Cedar.
25 Oct 2011, 13:26
I live in a tropical part of Mexico. Nearly ever wood object in my home is made of cedar or some other extremely hard local wood.

I bought a set of end tables purportedly made of cedar, but the top of one has developed a few tiny tiny holes --about the size that a pin would make. The holes are surrounded by fine sawdust. Only the top board of the piece is affected, which leads me to believe this part is not cedar...maybe mahogany. Anyway, the locals claim there are moths in the furniture (I guess they mean larva stage). I think, though that it may be a wood borer. Have you any experience with this?
27 Oct 2011, 20:16
Hi. I am looking to buy an Entrance Door. The Sales person said the wood is pine but it was not treated for termites. Can I get a finished product treated against termites?

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27 Oct 2011, 20:41
Yes, it's called pressure treated wood.
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30 Oct 2011, 09:03
Sharon: Powder post beetles are probably infesting the wood. The wood needs to be treated with Bora Care, a product you can see by clicking on the "Pest control products" link at the top of this page.
23 Jul 2012, 13:51
Yellow poplar or tulip poplar has traditionally been considered a termite resistant wood and widely used in house framing in early to mid 1900's for this purpose.
03 Feb 2013, 11:19
In Los Angeles. From my own experience avoid at all cost any poplar, pine, douglas fir or even most oaks. My advice to new construction, a ticket to Poland, where you will be able to get windows and doors made of old cedar or any hardwood you desire with unseen in USA top hardware and if desired painted any color you want with a car-like precision paint job in oil paint which now is not legal in LA county. All at about 25% the cost of a similar product imported to the US.
The US available window/door products are a definition of ultimate garbage.
17 Feb 2014, 13:47
Can termites attack rattan as well? I'm trying to figure out whether my grandmother's rattan was being infested in addition to her other furniture that clearly was. I didn't see any dust near the rattan furniture. How could one tell?
14 Mar 2014, 15:09
I was considering putting cypress on the inside of my roof porch area. I was told by a neighbor that is the best type of wood to prevent any insects. Is this true
27 May 2014, 03:10
I'm staying in india and I have a severe termite problem so I'm thinking of re innovating my house so what kind of wood should I use for door frames ?
barrington tucker
03 Jul 2014, 13:06

In Belize, cabinets, furniture and flooring made of Mahogany or Rosewood last for 30 yrs and termite resistant.
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