Formosan Subterranean Termite Research Helps You Deal With Termites
By Frank Reece
The Formosan termite is a relatively recent immigrant to the United States. These insects were accidentally
transported here from Asia in the 1960s. Formosan subterranean termites have been called "super termites" because
they destroy wood much more quickly than native types.
They have larger colonies than most other kinds of termites - several million to the usual several hundred thousand.
They can also forage up to three hundred feet from the nest, and may eat up to three quarters of a point of wood
each day. That doesn't sound like a lot, but over the course of a few months, a Formosan subterranean termite
colony can actually do a lot of damage to a structure. So far, it's been almost impossible to eradicate a colony
once it gets established in an area.
Because this type of termite is so destructive and can infest structures from condos to boats, and even damage
trees, they're subject to a lot of attention. There's even a Formosan subterranean termite research page online to
tell you what's been found out about these termites, and what we can do about them. The Formosan subterranean
termite research unit works to find solutions for the national problem of infestation by these creatures, and to
help educate people in how to deal with them.
Formosan termites will eat anything including wood fiber. That means that they're a danger to structures of all
kinds, trees, and even crops like sugar cane. They will also eat other substances containing cellulose, including
paper. Formosan subterranean termites may be the most expensive pest in the United States - costing over a billion
dollars annually for treatment of homes. However, these pests are restricted to the southern latitudes. Their eggs
can't hatch at temperatures less than about seventy degrees.
Control of these termites starts with prevention. Use treated wood in all parts of a structure that touch the
ground, and make sure that soil conditions aren't good for them to nest. Soil treatment and population control
using poisoned baits can also keep the numbers of these insects in check. Baits may be more effective than soil
treatment when you're dealing with Formosan subterranean termites, since these colonies can be so large.
Formosan subterranean termites are a big problem, and one of the most difficult invasive species in this country.
However, if you take care and use preventative measures, you'll be able to repel them more effectively. Don't try
to take on an infestation of this type of termite on your own, however. They're tenacious enough that you should
always call in an expert.
Frank Reece has been in the industry for 25 years. You can find his articles on www.linkmyarticles.com
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