The most dangerous termite in the United States is the subterranean termite. It is responsible for 90% of all property damage and can infest a home silently for years. This insect costs U.S. property owners $5 billion annually. And, it can be found in Tennessee. But should you be worried? Should you get protected? Let's examine the issue together.
Subterranean termites love three things: warm temperatures, high humidity, and wood. If you look at this termite map, you'll notice that it is broken down into zones and you will quickly see where these termites thrive. They can be found in abundance along the Southern states from Florida to Texas and in the southern half of California. This is because these areas of the U.S. are the most hot and humid, for the longest time.
You may have noticed that Region 1 creeps up into the bottom of Tennessee. Does that mean you only need termite protection if you live in Southern Tennessee? Sadly, no. These borders have no influence on termites. These bands are not equal throughout. You can live in Northern Tennessee and be just as vulnerable to subterranean termites as someone who lives in New Orleans.
If you have any rotted areas on your home, standing water near your basement walls, or an infested home near your home, your risk for termite infestation is higher. And, if you live in an area that gets sustained humidity, this will also influence your chances of getting these damaging insects.
The sad part about termite damage is that this is an insect that can be completely excluded. You never have to worry about them taking a single bite out of your home. But homeowners that discover these insects after the structure of their home has already been warped and damaged, waited to get a termite system in place. They took a gamble and lost.
Don't gamble on termite damage. Don't let this silent pest eat away at your equity for years. Have a company like All-American Pest Control guard your home with the Sentricon® Termite Colony Elimination System. This year-round coverage will stop termite damage before it happens, and safeguard your investment. If you own property in Tennessee, this is one of the best decisions you'll ever make. Don't play the odds. Get your home protected today.