How to kill termites in Knoxville and East Tennessee


The question is always asked how to kill termites. Subterranean termites live in deep underground colonies or in moistened hidden areas above ground that can contain almost 2 million termites. These are the types we deal with the mostly in the Knoxville and East Tennessee area. Subterranean Termites build what we call mud tubes to gain access to food sources and to protect themselves from open environment. Termites like moisture and the darkness. Termite colonies are organized into castes depending on their tasks — workers, soldiers and reproductive.  The characteristics of a subterranean termites are dependent on the termite’s caste in their colony. Yellowish cream colored worker termites (these are the ones that look like little maggots) are 1/8 to 3/8’s of an inch in length. Soldier subterranean termites are about the same in length, but are distinguished by their powerful mandibles (They look like termite claws). Soldier termites have cream colored bodies and brownish yellow heads. Reproductive subterranean termites are approximately one-inch in length. The swarmer termites are the ones with wings and they fly) are the ones that look like ants to most home owners. These are also the ones that swarm out a lot of times inside your home in the months of March and April. We get many phone calls during these months with home owners calling and saying I have ants everywhere and I need your professional help right now. Come to find out when we get to their home or place of business they have termites. Finding termites is never a good thing. So how do you kill termites? Some people might say you can do the termite work yourself? This might be true in some cases. But you will need the right education, the right termite tools and the time to do it. Tennessee Pest Solutions suggests always hiring a professional that is licensed with the State of Tennessee in the termite category. By doing this you know your termite job was done right. It gives you peace of mind and also it saves yourself a lot of personal time. A reputable termite company in East Tennessee will always offer you a warranty on their termite work, usually for the lifetime of your home for an annual fee. I hope all this information helps you on how to kill termites.


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