What’s in a name?
Formosan termites are a subterranean variety of termite, brought to the U.S. in the 1940s from East Asia following World War II. They continue to be spread today via the shipping of wood and other cellulose-based goods.
The largest and most destructive termite species, Formosans are 1/2-inch long with yellow-brown oval-shaped bodies, 6 legs, wings, and antennae. Straight out of a horror movie, Formosan termites create mud nests up to 300 feet long inside the walls of buildings, with tens of thousands comprising a single colony of workers, soldiers, and reproductives. They love to dine on dead trees, wood, and plant-based fabrics.
Formosan termite prevention
Prevent the fearsome Formosan from entering your home. Due to their large population size, they can cause severe damage in as little as 6 months:
• Ensure water drains away from your home’s structure.
• Rapidly replace damp or damaged wood on the outside of your home.
• Be wary of signs of Formosan infestation, including mud tubes, blistered or peeling paint, and wood that sounds hollow when tapped.
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