Invasive Insect Species In Tennessee Part 1

Updated May 19, 2020

Have You Heard About These Invasive Species?

With its unique climate, rich open land and buzzing metropolises, Tennessee is a prime habitat for many different types of insects and pests. By knowing what’s buzzing in your backyard, you’ll be better able to determine treatment next steps, and help curb issues before they become full-scale infestations.

Common insects to watch for…


These aggressive bees—sometimes called “killer bees”—tend towards warmer, more tropical and subtropical environments. For them, a wet/dry climate is better than one with hot and cold seasons, which makes Tennessee ideal. You’ll often find these bees nesting in tree hollows, rotted wood and logs or rock piles. Be wary of these insects—they will defend their nests from as far as 50’ away, and have been the cause of death for animals and, even, people.


Like other stink bugs, the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug has a shield-shaped body and, when bothered or disturbed, lets off a very strong, very foul odor to ward off attackers. Though they tend to live in plants—preferably ornamental plants, fruit and shade trees and garden crops—it’s not uncommon to see these stink bugs fly or fall from leaves, plants or branches when bothered or threatened.

To identify these insects, look for the tell-tale white band on its antennae.


Male Emerald Ash Borer Beetles are metallic green and, typically, about ½-inch long. Because these beetles tend to consume ash foliage, they pose little threat to crops, plants or trees. The only major issue is that, sometimes, the beetle larvae can feed on the inner bark of ash trees, which can inhibit the tree’s ability to move water and nutrients throughout.

Since being discovered in 2002, these insects have been responsible for killing eight to 10 million trees in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana alone.

Don’t put your home or family at risk. Get in touch with Foundation Pest Control to discuss your termite treatment options. We’ll help you find the most economical and effective solution for your situation.

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