Most Challenging Pests for Knoxville Area This Spring

Arrow Exterminators, a local pest and termite control company, is reaching out to educate the public on the most challenging pests they will face this spring. The National Pest Management Association recently released results of a survey of local pest control operators designed to identify spring's most challenging pests in the Knoxville area. Odorous House Ants, Carpenter Bees, Eastern Subterranean Termites, Springtails and Brown Recluse spiders top the list.

Odorous House Ants are more than a nuisance. They can invade a home quickly and contaminate food. Carpenter Bees bore holes in wood to create nests to lay their eggs. These holes weaken the wood which can cause serious damage to the exterior of homes, decks and wooden furniture. Termites cause more than $5 Billion in property damage each year and continue to be a challenge, especially in the Southeast. It's no longer a case of if homeowners will get termites, but when. Springtails are a nuisance pest, not known to bite or transmit disease. However, their large numbers make them a challenge to combat and they will breed rapidly in warm, moist environments. Finally, the Brown Recluse spider, recognized by the dark brown "violin-like" marking on their back, is nocturnal and tends to feed on cockroaches and crickets. However, they will also bite humans if they feel threatened, potentially leaving a "volcano lesion" - a large, damaged hole in the flesh.


  • On-camera or phone interview with a local Arrow pest and termite control expert who can offer tips for homeowners to combat these spring pests.
  • On-camera interviews with Shay Runion, Arrow Exterminators expert on pests and pest related diseases. Runion has appeared on numerous media outlets in the Georgia and Tennessee markets.
  • Possible live inspection/treatment at a home which is experiencing problems with these pests.
  • Photos/images of the spring pests.