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Q: Statistics on Termite Infestations in Tennessee ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Statistics on Termite Infestations in Tennessee
Category: Family and Home > Home
Asked by: tjahjono-ga
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Posted: 28 Nov 2006 20:36 PST
Expires: 28 Dec 2006 20:36 PST
Question ID: 786415
I would like to know how prevalent termite infestations are in
Tennessee homes, specifically, the Middle TN area. For example, I
would like to know if a home in TN has a higher chance of being
infested than another home in another state.
Subject: Re: Statistics on Termite Infestations in Tennessee
Answered By: bobbie7-ga on 22 Dec 2006 12:30 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello Tjahjono,

The southern states, including Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee are the
most heavily-termite infested area in the United States.

?In the South, it's not a question of if termites will target a
structure; it's a question of when. The southern states, including
Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee are the most heavily-termite infested
area in the United States. The foundation type doesn't provide
protection. Termites will enter through hollow block walls in
basements, within support piers in crawl spaces or through cracks or
utility entry points in concrete slabs.?


Termites damage homes in every state but Alaska. 

?For example, in Los Angeles, 1 in 5 homes has a termite problem. It?s
1 in 8 in Miami; 1 in 9 in Tucson, Ariz.; 1 in 10 in Houston; 1 in 20
in Evansville, Ill.; and 1 in 22 in New York City. In 36
high-termite-pressure markets, nearly 70 percent of people expressed
concern about termites.?

?Subterranean termites are estimated to cause more than 90 percent of
all termite damage in the United States. Eastern subterranean termites
are the most common and widely distributed termite species in North
America. Western subterranean termites are the most destructive on the
West Coast. Formosan or ?super? subterranean termites are found in
Louisiana, Hawaii, Mississippi, Texas, Alabama, Florida, Georgia,
South Carolina, North Carolina, Southern California and Tennessee.
Recently, a new subterranean species that?s as destructive as the
Formosan termite was discovered in Florida.?

Dow AgroSciences LLC


According to entomologist survey findings weather patterns definitely
have a direct effect on termite populations

?A sampling of the leading entomologists from the American
Entomological Society found that due to recent weather patterns in the
U.S. projecting warmer and wetter conditions in the winter and spring
seasons, termite swarm season will be more active than in recent
years. This means more homeowners should be logging calls to their
local pest management professionals (PMPs). This is significant
considering termites already cause $5 billion in damage to homes each
year, more than storms, fires and earthquakes combined.?

?95 percent of the entomologists surveyed answered that weather
patterns definitely have a direct effect on insect populations, and
nearly 85 percent answered that termites are among the insects most

?62 percent answered that the wetter-than-normal conditions in
southern states this spring will make for a highly active termite
swarm season, and nearly 60 percent answered that the
warmer-than-usual conditions will mean the same for the northern half
of the country.?

?60 percent predict that the end of the drought in many of the top
termite markets will mark the beginning of a more active termite swarm
season this year.?

?77 percent of the termite experts polled say the weather will have a
moderate-great impact on termite populations, and more than 40 percent
answered that termite populations are guaranteed to increase at least
10 percent over the next five years.?

?33 percent answered that Eastern Subterranean termites will be
affected most by recent weather patterns, 38 percent believe it?s the
Formosan termite, and another 9 percent predict Western Subterranean
termites will have a termite boom.?

Eastern Subterranean
entire eastern region of North America as far north as Ontario,
Canada, and south to Key Largo, Florida

Gulf Coast states, along the eastern seaboard north to North Carolina,
as well as in Tennessee, California, and Hawaii.

Western Subterranean
Western states, from British Columbia south to western Mexico and east
to Idaho and Nevada

Source: Entomological Society of America
Bayer Environmental Science/Premise


Termites are a big problem for local homeowners of the Memphis area
due to moisture and moderate springtime temperatures.

?Mid to late spring is considered prime termite swarm season, the time
when termites are most
visible. And thanks to the moisture and moderate springtime
temperatures of the Memphis area, termites are
a big problem for local homeowners.?

?Termites are not as large a problem in areas with cold winters. But
in many areas of the South, temperatures don?t drop low enough for a
long enough period of time in the winter to eliminate the pests. So
they stay around, living in mud tubes or areas such as mulched beds
that can insulate them
from the elements?

The Daily News Publishing Co. Inc.


Memphis is located in the termite belt.

?And termites tend to swarm to cool, dark places such as mulched
areas, a firewood stack or a dog house on a homes back porch. And when
those conditions are found in close proximity to the home, it can lead
to termite problems inside.?

?Termites are a year-round, 24-hour-a-day problem, and we are in the
termite belt, said Dr. John Fortino, a termite expert with Premise
Termite Elimination who provides customer service representation for
Mississippi, Arkansas and West Tennessee. They feed on any kind of
cellulose materials, and that can be cardboard boxes, debris, lumber
stacked up, and one of the big issues that we have in the Memphis area
is mulch.?

The Daily News Publishing Co. Inc.


?...termites aren't a problem in Minnesota, but the South East is the
termite belt of this country.?


Subterranean termites in Tennessee

?Subterranean termites, the most destructive wood-feeding insects in
Tennessee, feed on cellulose that is usually obtained from wood.
Termites are very important because they help recycle dead, fallen
trees back into the soil. They do not easily distinguish between a
dead pine tree and  pine lumber; therefore, their food may be in the
form of a dead tree or the wood in a house. They will also feed upon
fence posts, paper, books and fabrics of plant origin, as well as
living plants such as trees, shrubs, flowers and some crops, although
they are more likely to invade woody plants that are in decline. They
may chew foam board insulation, and even swimming pool liners and
filtration systems.?

?In the United States, the cost of treating and repairing damage
caused by subterranean termites has been estimated to be between 1.2
and five billion dollars a year.  Subterranean termite treatment may
cost more than $1000 per residence.?

?Q: Why are infestations often discovered during March - May? 

A: In Tennessee, most winged forms of the subterranean termite, or
swarmers, emerge from March through May, although many flight may
begin as early as February or as late as June in some years. One less
common species emerges in late July through the fall. In heated
structures, subterranean termites can emerge any month of the year. ?

The University of Tennessee/Agricultural Extension Service


?NASHVILLE -- Termite damage is a $5 billion annual problem throughout
the United States, and April is the month when thousands of Tennessee
homeowners begin experiencing the onslaught of termite swarm season -
a time when termites are reproducing, shedding their wings, and
infesting homes.?

Termite Awareness Month Proclaimed in Tennessee; Statewide
Proclamation to Inform, Educate Families about Termites & Termite
Damage Throughout the Month of April
Business Wire,  April 26, 2005

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I hope the information provided is helpful!

Best regards, 
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