Formosan Subterranean Termite
Formosan Subterranean Termite is a species that has been transported worldwide. Its native region is China. It travelled to Formosa, Japan etc. Formosan Subterranean Termites are found in massive numbers in southern states of America, and South Florida is badly affected.
Appearance of Formosan Subterranean Termite
The Formosan Subterranean Termite looks like subterranean termite. Their color ranges from creamy white to brown or black. They have 6 legs. Their size is 1/8 inch long, and increases. They have antennas. They can be long, oval and narrow in shape. The Formosan subterranean termite is recognized by its head, which is like a teardrop and its orange-brown color. There are three forms of this species. They are a. worker, b. soldier and c. alates (swarmer). The wings of this species are covered in hair.
Distribution of Formosan Subterranean Termite
This invasive species was first transported to Japan in the 1700s. Then, it reached other parts of the world through travellers and ships. In 1950s, it was spotted in South Africa, and by 1960s, it was reported in the southern states of America where they are widespread. They are found in southern states of USA. They will be restricted to southern states because eggs will not hatch below 68 F. South Florida is extremely exposed to them.
Damage done by Formosan Subterranean Termite
Following are damages caused by them:
- Formosan Termites are called super-termites because they are very aggressive and destructive in nature than their relatives.
- One colony of subterranean termite consist of few thousands termites, but one single colony of Formosan termite consist of millions of termites. Therefore, a single native of subterranean termite does not cause damage as much as single Formosan termite does.
- They damage woods in southern states of America, causing $2 Billion damage annually.
- A Formosan colony eats up 13 ounces of wood a day.
- They have the potential to harm the structure within three months.
- This specie is difficult to control once they have infested structure of a home.
- They can also cause damage to telephone wires, underground cables and electricity wires, cause connection problems and power outage problems.
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