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Formosan Termite Facts

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Learn about Formosan Termites

Description

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Formosan termite facts:

Originally from China, these termites are the most voracious, aggressive, and devious of over 2,000 termite species known to science.

Formosan termites are a subterranean species of termite.

Swarmer Formosan termites are about 1/2 inch in overall length, including their wings.

Pest Facts

ColorLegs
Yellowish-brownSix
ShapeSize
Long, oval1/2 inches
AntennaeFlying?
YesSwarmers only
Termite Facts

Region

Largely North America – AL, CA, FL, GA, HI, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, TX, VA

Habits

These termites are organized into huge underground colonies and build intricate mud nests inside the walls of a structure.

Habitat

formosan termite facts

Formosan termites are the most aggressive subterranean termite species. Formosans are organized into huge underground colonies and build intricate mud nests inside the walls of a structure.

Threats

Because of their aggressive nature, Formosan termites are difficult to control once they infest a structure. Prevention is key

Prevention

Worker and soldier termites can live up to two years, and a termite queen can live up to 50 years.

  • Avoid water accumulation near your home’s foundation. 
  • Divert water away with properly functioning downspouts, gutters, and splash blocks. 
  • Reduce humidity in crawl spaces with proper ventilation. 
  • Never bury wood scraps or waste lumber in the yard. 
  • Most importantly, eliminate wood contact with the soil. Maintain a one-inch gap between the soil and wood portions of the building.

Do you think that you may have termites or want to prevent them? Give us a call or fill out the form on this page for your free termite pest control consultation.

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