There are three types of termites in the United States. Can you name them? Don't feel bad if you can't. The only reason we can name them is because we are entrusted to protect Nashville homes and businesses from termite damage, and we need to be ready to answer questions about termites when customers ask. The three types of termites in the United States are drywood, dampwood, and subterranean termites. Here's what you need to know about them.
U.S. Termite Distribution
- Dampwood Termites — These termites are found on the West Coast from the bottom of California all the way up into Washington, Idaho, and Montana. On the East Coast, they are only found in Florida.
- Drywood Termites — These termites can be found in all of the Southern states from California to Florida, and up the East Coast to as far as North Carolina.
- Subterranean Termites — These termites can be found in most of the United States. Alaska is completely excluded, and there are a few Northern states that have no termite activity in the top regions of the states.
What Is The Worst Type Of Termite?
There is no contest. When it comes to destructive capability, subterranean termites are the clear winners. The damage done to U.S. properties by subterranean termites is in the billions. The damage done by dampwood and drywood termites is in the hundreds of millions. One reason subterranean termites do so much more damage is that they have a much larger distribution area. But that isn't the only reason. Subterranean termites are sneaky. What do we mean by sneaky? They live in the ground and come up from the ground to feed on the inside of the timbers inside man-made structures. This allows them to feed for years without being detected.
Guess What Type of Termite We Have In Nashville?
Subterranean termites have a distribution throughout Tennessee. But that isn't the worst part. The most destructive of all subterranean termites species has started to appear in the state. They are called Formosan termites, and they're pretty scary. Fortunately, all subterranean termites have a weakness. They never stop looking for food. And we give them a food source they can't resist.
How To Stop Termites In Nashville
The pest control experts here at All-American Pest Control trust the Sentricon® System with Always Active™ to stop subterranean termites. Sentricon® targets subterranean termites in a way that it quite ingenious. The developers of the Sentricon® System observed the behavior of subterranean termites and learned that workers keep searching for food, even after they've found a food source. So they developed a bait that those workers couldn't resist. In the bait, they put an active ingredient that prevents termites from molting. As workers share this ingredient with other termites in their colony through a process called trophallaxis, the termites begin to die off. This is a slow enough process that it works its way to the heart of the colony, and to the queen herself. In no time, the colony is eliminated. It is as simple as that.
How To Install The Sentricon® System
This powerful termite control system needs to be installed by a certified professional and properly maintained to ensure complete protection from termite damage. All-American Pest Control is proud to be a Certified Sentricon® Installer for the Greater Nashville area. If you have questions about Sentricon®, or you would like to request a visit from one of our installers, we'd love to hear from you. When it comes to safeguarding your equity from the threat of subterranean termites, there is simply no better way. If there was, we would tell you.