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We get a lot of questions about termites in Brentwood. This isn't surprising, the climate in Brentwood and throughout Middle Tennessee is perfect for termites, specifically subterranean termites, which are the most destructive termites in the country. These insects cost U.S. property owners billions of dollars every year. If you know anything about subterranean termites, it is understandable why you would be concerned. Here are some answers to the most common questions we get about Brentwood termites.

What are the signs of termites in your home?

It can be extremely difficult to detect subterranean termite workers. These insects come up from the ground and feed on the inside of wood, and they prefer to never expose themselves to light. The only time you may see termites is during the spring when swarmers are released. Swarmers don't mind the light. But we hope you don't wait till you're seeing swarmers. The appearance of swarmers is evidence of an active and mature infestation on your property. This is because swamers don't travel very far and swarms don't last for more than 30 minutes.

Another way you may be able to tell that you have a termite infestation is the appearance of shelter tubes on foundation walls. But keep in mind that

  • Worker termites prefer to create shelter tubes in dark hidden places.
  • A shelter tube can be as thin as a pencil.
  • Shelter tubes are made of mud. This can cause them to be mistaken for mud splatters caused by heavy rain.

What kills termites naturally and can you do termite control yourself?

The internet is full of "helpful" suggestions for how you can naturally kill termites. We don't recommend that you try these. It isn't because they don't work at all. It is more that you're not going to know when your termite treatments fail. No matter what kind of termite control you decide to use, it is best to have a licensed service professional install and maintain your termite protection.

What is the best termite treatment?

There are really only two options for protecting a home from termite damage: liquid termiticides or termite bait. We offer details about both of these termite control options in A Tale of Two Termite Control Options. Give that a quick read if you want to know the difference between insecticides and baits. As for how we protect Middle Tennessee homes from termites, the experts here at All-American Pest Control trust the Sentricon® System with Always Active™. This is an award-winning termite bait system with over two decades of real-world success.

How much does it cost to treat a house for termites?

If you hire someone to come to your home and spray chemicals into your walls, it is going to cost you quite a bit. The better solution is to have Sentricon® with Always Active™ installed. An infestation of subterranean termites isn't like an infestation of some other pests. These termites don't get into your home and stay in your home. They live in the ground under or near your home and go in and out. As they travel in and out, they are continually looking for more food sources. When they find the bait inside the Sentricon® System with Always Active™, they bring it back to their colony and the colony is eliminated. This also eliminates all of the workers that are feeding on your home. No more workers, no more damage.

Get protected from Brentwood termites by contacting All-American Pest Control today. We are a Certified Sentricon® Installer. With this award-winning system, our service professionals are able to easily detect the presence of termites on your property and keep your home from being destroyed. There is truly no better way to protect your equity.