Dallas Termite Services
How are Dallas termite services combating the spread of the Formosan termite?
Of the many termite species that make their homes in the warm, dry regions of the southern United States, none is more dangerous and costly than the Formosan termite. Originally from East Asia, Formosan termites were inadvertently brought to the United States after World War II. After establishing colonies in and around port cities, they soon spread to other parts of the country, particularly the American south. Houston, Fort Worth, and Dallas termite services are fighting hard to combat the rampant spread of these insects.
Formosans are social insects that live in large colonies. The individuals in these colonies are broken into three distinct castes, each with their own occupation and purpose within the insectoid hierarchy: with reproductive alates (which may or may not have wings), the soldiers, and the workers. Formosan alates and workers are very similar in appearance to those of other termite species, so many pest control experts will look to the soldiers in order to facilitate correct identification.
That said, Formosan termite soldiers have oblong heads, whereas other species indigenous to North America tend to have more rectangular heads. Likewise, Formosan termite soldiers are markedly more aggressive when defending their colonies from attackers than indigenous species. When the soldiers engage a threat, they release a white liquid that is used for defense.
Formosan termites are a mostly subterranean species and prefer to build their nests beneath the soil. They commonly invade and begin to consume wooden structures that are in contact with the ground. However, they’ve also been known to construct tubes made of mud which extend off the ground, allowing them to reach otherwise unattainable heights in relative safety. Likewise, Formosan termites build carton or honeycomb-like structures that help retain moisture, enabling them to build nests that don’t require them to return to the surface for water.
Termite colonies can grow to incredible sizes with individuals sometimes numbering in the millions. Termite queens can often lay over 1,000 eggs per day. In late spring or early summer, Formosan termite colonies will produce swarms of winged males and females. These insects will, with luck, find a mate and some will proceed to found new colonies.
When termites infest a wooden structure, whether it’s a tree or a wooden support beam inside the home, they consume cellulose and extract nutrients from it, leaving behind smooth-sided galleries. If you suspect that termites might be present in your home, keep a sharp eye out for sagging walls or ceilings, as these might be signs of severe and far-advance infestations.
The Formosan termite alone is responsible for upwards of $1 billion in damages in the United States every year. Their voracious appetites for wood mean that property damages are on the rise all across the south.
Dallas termite services help to ensure that your home is protected against these tiny yet destructive bugs.
If termites have made an unwanted appearance around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced pest control experts.
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