What Are Formosan Termites and How Can I Spot Them?
What are creamy white to brown, have six legs, and are about a half an inch long? Formosan Termites! These termites fall into one of three groups: reproductive, soldiers, or workers, and they are often referred to as “super termites” as they are the most aggressive of the termite species. They’re so powerful that they can chew through wood, flooring, and even wallpaper!
But have no fear… Trad’s Garden Center and Pest Control is here to help ensure these pests don’t ruin your spring and summer plans!
Before you contact one of our professionals, it’s important to know what you should be looking for. For example, Formosan Termites are often confused with flying ants. However, one way to spot the difference is to look at their waists: termites have broad waists and flying ants have narrow ones. Also, besides their appearance, one way to see if you have a Formosan Termite problem is be cautious of the lights in your home as they’re often attracted to them.
Thankfully, before one of our professionals arrives, there are also some things that you can do to prevent termites, starting with eliminating sources of moisture. Reduce humidity in your crawl spaces, attics, and basements, and divert water away from your home’s foundation to prevent Formosan Termites from accessing your gutter’s downspouts. Also, be sure to store firewood at least 20 feet away from your home and keep a one-inch gap between soil and wood.
Trad’s is proud to be part of the City of Jacksonville Termite Task Force. We work to help the city gain control over an increasing presence of Formosan termites so we don’t lose our historic structures or trees to infestations. Although originally thought to be contained in the Riverside area, Formosan termites have been documented by the Termite Task Force in Mandarin, San Marco, Beaches, and Southside.
If you think that you have a termite infestation, you should contact us immediately about our control and treatment solutions. Too often, by the time evidence of an infestation is visible, the damage has already been done. To prevent future problems, schedule an inspection annually. At the very least, a professional should be visiting your home every 3 to 5 years.