Termites in Tennessee

Termite Activity in Tennessee

Termites are active across the state, from Memphis to Nashville to Chattanooga to Knoxville, Tennesse.

What Types of Termites Are in Tennessee?
Subterranean termites are known to damage homes in Tennessee. Drywood termites are not native to Tennessee.

Subterranean termite:

picture of subterranean termite

Drywood termite:

picture of drywood termite

Are Formosan Termites in Tennessee?
Formosan termites have been identified in Tennessee in the past. There have been three infestations in Shelby County, Tennessee, in the southwest corner of the state. The first two infestations were identified in 1984 and the third was discovered in 1992.

Formosan termite:

picture of formosan termite

Suspected Formosan termite infestations should be reported to local university extension agents for proper identification.

When Do Termites Swarm in Tennessee?
Generally, termites swarm on a warm day after a rainfall. Swarms also may occur during the winter in heated buildings. The swarming habits of the most common species in Tennessee are described below.

More Information about Termites in Tennessee
According to Termite Infestation Probability Zones (TIP Zones), Tennessee is located in TIP Zone #2 (moderate to heavy), which means the potential for termite damage is considered significant. Areas with higher probabilities for termite activity require more termite control measures to meet International Residential Code building standards for new homes than areas with less frequent activity.

Although drywood termites are not established in Tennessee, it is possible for termites to travel in wooden objects, such as furniture and wine crates, and establish colonies in the state. Drywood termites have been found in areas far from their natural habitats. A licensed termite inspector can help identify species not native to the state.

In states like Tennessee where termites are fairly active and widespread, it is essential to maintain an effective termite prevention and control program. If you own a home in Tennessee, talk to your termite control expert about methods to help protect your home from termite infestations and damage.