Wet winter causing more termite problems this spring

Posted at 4:06 PM, May 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-07 21:57:32-04

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Pest professionals have been inspecting and treating more homes in Tennessee for termite calls this spring season.

Due to the wet winter last year, experts say termites love the moisture and are causing havoc on homes throughout the southeast region of the country.

"So Tennessee is in the heavy area for termites from the Gulf Coast all the way up to Tennessee to Kentucky. That’s why it’s very important for a company like U.S. Pest to do a liquid treatment around the home and create a barrier that the termite has to go through and they take that back to the colony and destroy the colony," chief growth officer J.K. Brister said.

Brister said homeowners should look for little bugs with silver wings called swarmers. U.S. Pest provides free inspections and if treatments are needed will offer liquid treatments.

"The truth is every home needs an inspection even if you don’t see evidence. There are two kinds of homes. Those that have termites and homes that are going to get termites. It’s very important that Tennesseans do a preventative treatment on their homes," he said.

Termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage each year, and those costs are typically not covered by homeowners’ insurance policies.

For a home inspection call 615-822-8500 or for more information on termite treatment, click here.