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Where Do Termites Live?

Nationwide, termites are a problem in every state except for Alaska. While termites typically prefer warm and wet climates, termites can easily adapt to their surroundings. 

Termites will live and thrive anywhere where they have access to cellulose. Certain termite species live in and need soil to survive, while others prefer to live in dry wood above the ground level. These wood-boring insects have been found living in walls, bathrooms, furniture, logs, and other wood sources found in or outside of homes in Knoxville TN.

Where do termites live in Knoxville TN - Russell's Pest Control

Termite Habitat in Knoxville

Depending on the termite species, termites tend to have different preferences on where they feed and reproduce. In general:

  • Both subterranean termites and formosan termites need regular contact with soil in order to survive. For this reason, they live underground and access wood sources by building mud tubes through which they travel.
  • Drywood termites live in any habitat with sources of dry wood, which is why they are often found higher above ground in structures. They often nest deep inside of wood structures and eat across the grain.

What Termites Live in Tennessee?

Termites are found all around the country, but we deal with just a couple species in our region. They prefer warmer areas that provide them with humidity. In the southern states, including here in Knoxville, the most common termites include subterranean, formosan, and drywood types. In fact, nearly the entire nation deals with subterranean termites, which are the most common and definitely the most destructive termite on a widespread level.

Where Do Termites Infest Homes?

Eastern subterranean, drywood, and formosan termites have all been reported in our state. Unfortunately, our region is a haven for these wood-boring insects to actively reproduce at any time, making termite infestations a constant threat to homeowners. Termites can live in a number of wood structures as well as any area with soil, making it important to always be on the lookout for termites in or around your home.