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Formosan Termites

Habitat

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.

Habits

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

  • Size: 1/2"
  • Color: Yellow-Brown
  • Legs: 6
  • Shape: Long, Narrow, Oval
  • Antennae: True

Control / Prevention

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.

Threats

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

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