Formosan Termites

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Formosan Termite Facts

  • Formosan termites are subterranean termites, preferring to live in large colonies underground.
  • They measure about 1/8 -1/4 inch in length with two sets of wings that are about the same size.
  • They are known to swarm in the morning or early evening, often after rain in the spring.

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Thought to have been introduced in port cities throughout the Southeastern US, from Chinese and southern Asian cargo ships in the 1960s, one of the most destructive termite species in the Southeastern US, Coptotermes formosanus, also known as Formosan termites are an invasive, aggressive, subterranean termite species.

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