Formosan Tree Termites Treatment Austin, TX
Formosan Tree Termites Information
Formosan termites have three castes within a colony: reproductives, soldiers, and workers. Formosan termites are identified by their soldiers or winged reproductives. Their nests are also easily identifiable. Formosan termite colonies may contain more than a million individuals in Austin alone.
Formosan Subterranean Termite Soldier have tear dropped heads, make up 5-10% of colonies, aggressive, and use a white defensive secreting gland.
Formosan Termite Nests often make aerial nests that can be large as several cubic feet and can be found above ground with no soil contact. Formosan termites cause the same rapid damage as the other subterranean termites. They have been known to attack more than 47 plant species. Formosan termites feed on both the spring growth and the summer growth wood. They have also been known to eat through non-cellulose material, such as thin sheets of soft metal (lead or copper), asphalt, plaster, creosote, rubber, and plastic. Formosan Termites come from China, Formosa, and Japan and were first identified in Texas in 1956. Currently there are 19 counties in Texas that have been positively identified as having an infestation of Formosan Subterranean Termites. The majority of the sightings are along the coast with scattered sightings inland. The sightings inland are due to the transportation of infested soils or materials.
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What are Formosan subterranean termites and where did they come from?
What’s the difference between these termites and other termites?
Formosan termite colonies are much larger than native termite colonies. One important difference is that Formosan termites build more nests above ground. They attack live oak, ash trees, and water-bound live bald cypress trees and are known to infest more than 50 living plant species. Because of their more aggressive nature and larger colony size they are replacing the native species. When they do invade a home, they inflict more damage because of their greater numbers. Since they can build nests above ground they are able to avoid toxins placed in the soil for termite control. Also, there are so many members in a colony that they can find ways to penetrate breaches in treated soil. They can also begin colonies from above ground if sufficient moisture, food and a suitable environment exists.
How much damage do they cause homeowners?
How do I know if I have them?
Can I apply my own treatment?
Can’t I just have my house chemically treated for termites?
A preconstruction treatment regimen and regular inspection are needed to keep termites at bay. New monitoring/baiting techniques are designed to work either alone or in conjunction with soil treatments. These systems use wood blocks that are inspected at regular intervals to determine termite presence and activity. Only when there is activity are the blocks replaced with a toxin-treated food source which the termites eat and share with their nestmates, resulting in severe population reduction of the colony or even death of the colony. These methods use much less toxin than soil treatments and represent an aggressive approach to termite control rather than the protective approach used in the past.
My house is made of brick. Is it protected against Formosan termites?
How long does it take Formosan termites to cause severe damage?
Is there a particular place I should look in my house to find these termites?
Is there a certain time of year I should look for termites?
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