FORMOSAN TERMITES C. formosanus

Color: Yellowish brown
Legs: Six
Shape: Long, narrow, oval
Size: 1/2 inch in length
Antennae: Yes
Flight: Yes

Originally from China, Formosan termites are the most voracious, aggressive and devious of over 2,000 termite species known to science. Formosan termites are a subterranean species of termite. Swarmer formosan termite are about 1/2 inch in overall length, including their wings.

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

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.

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

Formosan Termites can be found in AL, CA, FL, GA, HI, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, TX, VA

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.

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