Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Subterranean Termites - Formosan's

Since 1965 the Formosan termite has been found in the continental United States as well as Hawaii and it is firmly established and is not going to leave. Although this termite is found mainly in tropical regions, it has moved into more temperate areas via the shipment of infested wood and products.

The Formosan subterranean termite is one of the world's most aggressive and economically important species of termite, and it has been reported to cause more damage to structures in Hawaii than any other wood destroying insect. This termite represent an extreme economic hazard in all areas where it becomes established (see thread of states affected). Although subterranean in nature, this termite is quite active when free of soil contact. if enough moisture is present to support the colony. Control of this termite is often more difficult than control of other subterranean species.

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