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The short answer is, yes, subterranean termites are a real threat in Tennessee--especially in the middle of the state. This is due to moisture and moderate springtime temperatures. According to an article by the Memphis Daily News, The short answer is, yes, subterranean termites are a real threat in Tennessee--especially in the middle of the state. This is due to moisture and moderate springtime temperatures. According to an article by the Memphis Daily News, found here, Terminix has ranked Memphis and Nashville in its "top 15 metro areas with the highest probability of termite swarms". If you live in Tennessee, you just can't live without termite insurance. That would be like living in tornado alley, without tornado insurance, or living under the flood line, without flood insurance. Your home is too great an investment to not protect it from this threat. Terminix has ranked Memphis and Nashville in its "top 15 metro areas with the highest probability of termite swarms". If you live in Tennessee, you just can't live without termite insurance. That would be like living in tornado alley, without tornado insurance, or living under the flood line, without flood insurance. Your home is too great an investment to not protect it from this threat.

Will termites target my house?

There are some things you can do to reduce the attractiveness of your home, and most of them have to do with eliminating rotting wood. If you have standing water on your roof, porch, or deck, find a way to stop this from happening. This causes wood to soften and rot, which is attractive to termites. Many times a broken gutter is the problem. Other times it may be a leaking air conditioner or outside spigot. If you have water on wood that is near or on your house, rotting will eventually occur.

Dry wood can be as bad. If you see wood that is drying, make sure to stain or paint it to keep it from becoming brittle. Termites love dry wood as much as they love rotting wood.

If you have lots of plants around your house, you probably water them quite a bit. Wet soil and wet mulch are attractive to termites. There isn't a lot you can do in this case. You'll just have to keep a vigilant eye out for swarming termites. They look like flying ants, only they do not have the three distinct body parts of an ant. Termites are more of a stretched out pill shape.

Keep wood piles away from the house, and keep fences protected from sun damage. Any dry or rotted wood in your yard will lure termites close to your house. They don't need the wood of your house to be rotted and dry to eat and infest it.

How can I protect my house from termites in Tennessee?

You may have been told that you need to dump chemicals into your walls, and you might be wondering if this is a health risk for your family and your pets. Too many chemicals can be a danger to your family, but thankfully, termites can be eradicated without putting any chemicals into your walls. With bait stations, professionals can destroy termite colonies at their heart: by killing the queen. These bait stations are discreet and safe for children and pets to be around.

Conclusion?

Termites are a silent invader. Many times, homeowners don't even realize they are dealing with termites until the damage is done. If you live in Tennessee, you can't afford to live without termite protection. Call a professional that monitors for termite activity and, one that eliminates termites with environmentally safe baiting stations. You have too much invested in your house to not get it protected from these destructive insects.