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Termite Identification

There are different termites with different characteristics. Most are no bigger than ½” and vary in color from off-white to brown. Some termites, called swarmers, have wings that can be shed.

In Knoxville, we deal with Eastern subterranean termites almost entirely. There have also been cases of formosan termites. Both species have the potential to cause a lot of damage to homes and businesses.

Signs you may have a termite problem include damaged wood, mud tubes on the perimeter of a building, frass (termite droppings), discarded wings, and seeing swarmer termites.

Termites are active all year long in Tennessee. However, they typically swarm in the spring and summer months, which is why many people call the springtime swarming season.

Termites live out a very unique life cycle that results in the termite being assigned a designated caste. These castes include worker, soldier, and reproductive termites.

Termites are a nationwide pest problem. However, they are more common in some regions. Termites prefer mild to warm and wet climates like the one here in Tennessee.

Termites spread in the spring and summer, which is when new colonies can form. A termite colony can grow for years as they spread throughout the property they are infesting.