Termites – Nozzle Nolen

Posted: July 16, 2018 at 10:46 pm


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What do Formosan subterranean termites look like?

Formosan colonies are the largest colonies of the subterranean termites. Can be up to 6-7 million members in a colony. Just like the native subterranean termites, there also are three different castes in the Formosan subterranean termite colony. While these castes share the same responsibilities as the castes in the native subterranean termite colony, Formosan colony members have a few physical differences:

Workers are small, white or off white and approximately 1/8 long.

Soldiers are light brown with and oval shaped orange-brown head and are a little larger than the workers.

Reproductives are yellowish-brown, 1/2 long and are sometimes winged.

Formosan subterranean termites are active year-round in Florida with an increased level of activity in the spring months when they swarm to start new colonies.

Formosan subterranean termite swarmers are attracted to light and are often discovered near windows, light fixtures, in spider webs near lighted areas, and on windowsills. These termites also feed on wood and cellulose, which can be found in plants.

Formosan subterranean termites build nests that are made up of chewed wood, soil, saliva and fecal material. These nests can be both above and below ground. The nests are typically located away from the structures that they are feasting on and can be difficult to locate.

Formosan termites are the most destructive species of termites in Florida. Formosan subterranean termite nests are much larger than that of a native subterranean termite. While native subterranean termite nests have members in the hundreds of thousands, Formosan subterranean termite nests can have nests in the millions. Their sheer numbers make them a danger as an invasive pest. They are the most destructive termite in the world. These destroyers are known to eat through such things as:

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