Clinton, TN Pest Control

termite 100Prehistoric sites around Clinton have been shown to be up to 3,000 years old, but European settlers did not arrive until the 18th century. In 1801, the settlers founded a town that they named Burrville in honor of the country's new vice-president, Aaron Burr. However, Burr fell into disgrace, resulting in the town being renamed in 1809; historians believe that the new name was to honor George Clinton, the vice-president who followed Burr, but the name could conceivably honor DeWitt Clinton, George's nephew and the mayor of New York City at the time. Regardless of how the name was chosen, life in Clinton was not without its challenges, including a variety of pests. Certain termites, for example, prospered in the area's climate. However, modern residents of Clinton must deal with pests that have been introduced since the first settlers arrived.

Kudzu Bugs

Kudzu bugs are native to Asia and parts of India. They were first identified in 2009 near the airport in Atlanta and spread quickly throughout Georgia. By 2012, kudzu bugs had expanded their range to include Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee. In 2017, kudzu bugs were identified in Texas as well as Maryland.

Kudzu bugs received their nickname because of their fondness for the kudzu vine, which is itself an invasive species from Asia. However, kudzu bugs are equally fond of soybean plants, wisteria, and green bean plants.

Kudzu bugs are also called globular stink bugs. When they are squashed or even touched, these bugs emit a foul odor that can be difficult to dispel. The color white is especially attractive to kudzu bugs. White cars, buildings painted white, white clothing and even white hats can attract these pests. Although swarms of kudzu bugs can make outdoor activities unpleasant, they are more of an annoyance if they decide to spend the winter inside your home or business.


Like kudzu bugs, Formosan termites and drywood termites are not native to Tennessee. Although both types have been identified in the state, the most common type found in Clinton is the subterranean termite. Subterranean termites build large nests in the soil that are connected to food sources by mud tubes. Since these termites are using the wood in your home for food, one sign of a termite infestation is the presence of these mud tubes on your foundation. Subterranean termites are responsible for most of the $1 billion in damages caused by termites every year.

Although drywood termites are not native to the area, more than one unsuspecting homeowner has transported them indoors inside a piece of antique furniture. Once inside, drywood termites can begin feeding on hardwood floors, structural timbers, wood trim or other pieces of furniture.

Many property owners do not suspect a termite infestation until they witness a swarm. In Tennessee, most swarms occur on warm days following a rainfall. The heaviest swarming activity typically occurs between March and June.

Termite infestations require professional treatment. The longer that treatment is delayed, the more extensive the damage will be — and since termite damage is rarely covered by insurance, the property owner will be facing the entire cost of repairs.

Get the Help You Need for Kudzu Bugs, Termites, and Other Pests

Dayton's Pest Control is a locally owned business serving the Clinton area since 1985. Whether you need help to control kudzu bugs, termites, rodents or another pest, you can count on us for a professional remedy that will be both safe and effective. Contact us today for a free estimate.