Over the past year or two, or customers in and around Thomasville and this region of Georgia have been infested by the invasive formosan termite and is considered at “high risk.” As the name suggests, this particular breed of termite is invasive and can cause extreme damage to your home. Here’s what you need to know about formosan termites.
It’s nicknamed “the super termite.”
Formosan termites build giant colonies—where most termite species have colonies comprising several hundred thousand termites, formosan termites can contain several million. And they chew through wood much faster than other kinds of termites, which makes them extra destructive and gives you even less time to find them and get them out. A fully mature Formosan colony can eat up to 13 ounces of wood per day and cause severe damage in just three months. They can (and do) even chew through electrical wiring.
They come from abroad.
Formosan termites have been spread worldwide from their native southern China to Japan to Formosa, Taiwan (where they get their name). Over the last hundred years, they became established in South Africa, Sri Lanka, Hawaii, and the continental United States, including Georgia, which has been seeing an increase in infestations.
The damage is expensive.
These termites have caused more than $1 billion in damage annually in the United States. They’ve infested trees in New Orleans, eaten away at historic structures in Hawaii, and contaminated water supplies.
In other words, it’s serious.
These invasive termites are dangerous to your home and your wallet. The best way to treat them is to prevent them.
Call us now for more information about how we can help protect you and your home.