Termites FAQ

Termites live in large colonies and can do thousands of dollars of damage in a short period of time. However, you’d need a stethoscope to hear them eating away at your home. Learn more about termites and how they work so you can stop problems before they start.

What are termites?

Termites are small insects that live in colonies and feed on wood. Eastern subterranean termites are the most common in Tennessee. This highly destructive variety requires a moist environment and feeds on the cellulose in wood, leaves, and soil. They build tiny mud tubes to transport themselves.

Are they dangerous?

While termites do not carry diseases that transfer to humans, they can cause major damage to buildings. A termite colony may consist of thousands and large colonies can do extensive damage to the wood in your home.

How do termites get inside?

They get in through tiny cracks in the foundation. Once inside, they take up residence in walls where they eat away at the wooden beams.

What’s the lifespan of a termite?

An individual termite can live for two years. Colonies of termites may survive for years if left untreated.

How long does it take for termites to damage a home?

Termites eat constantly. A large subterranean colony can eat close to a pound of wood in a day. Because they easily hide from view, termites may be at work for many days or weeks before you realize there’s a problem.

How much does termite damage usually cost?

This depends on how long they’ve been at work and how much wood is in your home. If left untreated, it’s not uncommon for a termite infestation to cost thousands of dollars in repairs.

How do I know I have termites?

You may notice a swarm of termites somewhere on your property. Or, you may see the work of termites – soft and blistering wood or small mud tubes around your home’s foundation.

If you find termites or potential termite damage anywhere (even if it’s outdoors), call a professional immediately to check your home.

How do I prevent termites from invading my home?

Because termites feed on wood, leaves, and soil, it can be hard to prevent them from arriving. However, you can take steps to prevent subterranean termites by reducing moisture around your home. Keep gutters, downspouts, and splash blocks in good working order to divert water away from your home. Make sure your crawl space has good ventilation and clear debris from the perimeter of your home.

Newly built homes can receive a pre-treatment of termiticide. This treatment must be applied while the home is being built in areas that are covered after the structure is finished.

What can be done to treat termites?

The method of treating termites will depend on the severity of the infestation. At Inman-Murphy Termite and Pest Control, we use EPA certified products to eliminate termites and offer ongoing inspections to make sure your property continues to be termite-free.

Think your home or office might have termites? Give us a call at 901.388.0852 or request a free estimate online to stop termites before they start.