Formosan Termites

C. formosanus
Formosan Termites: Formosan Termite Control & Treatment
Pest Stats
Color: Creamy white to brown
Legs: 6
Shape: Long, narrow and oval
Size: 1/2 inch in length
Antennae: Yes
Region: Found in Hawaii, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee and California
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Formosan termite control begins with eliminating sources of moisture both inside and outside of the home. Inside, homeowners should reduce humidity in crawl spaces, attics and basements with proper ventilation. Outdoors, divert water away from the home's foundation to prevent Formosan termite access with properly functioning downspouts, gutters and splash blocks. Homeowners should also store firewood at least 20 feet away from the home and maintain a one-inch gap between soil and wood portions of the home.



Habits

Formosans build intricate mud nests in the ground. They can chew through wood, flooring and even wallpaper. In fact, the average size of a Formosan termite colony can consume one foot of 2X4 wood in 25 days.



Habitat

Formosan termites live in huge underground colonies with an average of 350,000 workers. In addition to structures, they also infest trees, shrubs, utility poles, timber, railroad trusses and even boats.



Threats

Because of their aggressive nature, Formosan termites are difficult to control once they infest a structure. A mature Formosan termite colony can cause severe structural damage to a home in as little as six months. Prevention is key with this termite species. If dealing with an existing infestation, talk to a pest professional about a Formosan termite treatment.