To an average homeowner, all termites might seem like they are the same because they have similar qualities: small, stubborn, and chew through wood! However, for pest control companies like the team here at Trad’s, termites are not all the same and knowing which species we’re dealing with is helpful in controlling and eradicating your specific infestation.
Formosan termites prefer warmer climates and are heavily abundant in the southern states of the US, Florida included. Formosan termites are also known as an introduced subterranean termite because they were first introduced from East Asia. Formosan termites build nests in the soil and use mud tubes to bring moisture to their colonies. They are also able to build nests above ground and can form extremely large colonies. These termites primarily eat wood and other cellulose materials, a behavior that can cause severe structural damage to your home in a short period of time. They have three distinct forms that include reproductives, workers, and soldiers. Formosan termites are stern and will defend their territories. They can also do damage in a short amount of time, as the queen can live as long as 20 years and can lay 1,000 eggs in one day.
Formosan termites are a major concern for residents because they are one of the most destructive species in the United States. To prevent a Formosan termite infestation, we recommend the following:
- Eliminate sources of moisture inside and outside your home.
- Keep firewood at least 20 feet away from your home.
- Schedule a professional termite inspection annually.
The best way to eradicate a termite infestation is to work with a professional to create a treatment plan tailored for your home. The team here at Trad’s Pest Control can create a specialized treatment plan based on the layout of your home and the degree of the infestation.