Formosan Termites: A Growing Threat

By: Bio-Tech Pest Control | Published 06/07/2023


Our area of Texas is known for its warm and humid climate. Of course, this temperate climate attracts many pests, such as Formosan termites as well.

Since first being introduced around the Houston Ship Channel back in the 1950’s, Formosan termites are thriving and pose a significant threat for many homes. Formosan termites are a highly destructive species known for their aggressive nature. In view of the large colonies, signs are indicating they have successfully established themselves in our areas of Texas. These termites are particularly concerning due to their ability to cause rapid and extensive damage to wooden structures.

It is crucial to be aware of the signs that may indicate a Formosan termite infestation in your home:

  1. Mud Tubes: Formosan termites build mud tubes, pencil-sized tunnels, along walls, foundations, and other surfaces to protect themselves from exposure. These tubes are commonly found near the ground level and serve as their pathways.
  2. Discarded Wings: During swarming seasons, Formosan termites shed their wings, leaving behind piles of discarded wings near windows, doors, or other sources of light.
  3. Hollow-Sounding Wood: If you tap or knock on infested wood, it may produce a hollow or papery sound due to the termite damage within.
  4. Frass: Formosan termites create kick-out holes in infested wood, through which they push out tiny wood-colored pellets, known as frass.

Formosan termites can cause severe structural damage if left untreated. They feed on cellulose-rich materials, such as wood and paper, compromising the integrity of buildings. The damage caused by these termites often goes unnoticed until significant structural issues arise, resulting in costly repairs.

Prevention and Treatment:
Recognizing the signs of infestation and implementing preventive measures are vital to protecting your property. Regular inspections by professional pest control services, along with targeted treatment options, can help control and manage Formosan termite populations effectively. By staying informed and taking proactive steps, residents can safeguard their homes from the destructive impact of these persistent pests.

For homeowners grappling with Formosan termite infestations, Bio-Tech Pest Control offers an effective and environmentally friendly solution. In fact, we offer non-invasive and long-term protection for termite control. In addition, homeowners will gain peace of mind knowing their properties are protected against the destructive impact of Formosan termites.

Taking a pro-active approach can be done any time of year to protect your home from termites.
Call your professional Bio-Tech Pest Control inspector for a complimentary termite inspection. More questions on Termite Control? Schedule a termite inspection, contact us at 936-249-0917.

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