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What termites are in East Tennessee?

Termites require moisture for survival, making the subtropical climate of Eastern Tennessee an ideal termite environment. Although there are nearly 2,000 termite species worldwide, just about 40 are in the United States.

The following termites are frequently found in Eastern Tennessee:

  1. Eastern Subterranean Termites
  2. Formosan Termites

Common Termites in Eastern Tennessee

Our wet climate is attractive to termites. Below are the two termite species that cause the most damage to homes in and around Eastern Tennessee:

  1. Eastern Subterranean Termites. These termites are the most widely distributed termite across North America, costing homeowners and building owners as much as $5 billion annually in repairs, treatments, and prevention. They are typically smaller than Formosan termites and need contact with the soil to survive.
  2. Formosan Termites. These termites are aggressive, defensive, and a single colony may contain several million termites in the worst cases. They are known to not be picky when feeding and can quickly chew their way through all types of wood.

What Type of Termite Do I Have?

Since termites live in wood and underground, they are rarely seen. The sight of swarming termites is an indication of an infestation. However, properly identifying what type of termite infestation you have should be left to a trained professional with the experience to diagnose infestations. If you suspect termites are in your home, it is recommended to enlist the help of a termite control company such as Johnson’s.

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