Formosan Subterranean Termite Colonies Out-compete Native Termites

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Formosan Subterranean Termite Colonies Out-compete Native Termites

By |2018-08-20T12:12:17+00:00August 12th, 2018|0 Comments

Formosan subterranean termites out-reproduce, and out-compete native subterranean colonies in La Mesa. Western subterranean termites do cause damage in San Diego County; however, Western subterranean termites do not boast robust colonies. In contract, Formosan subterranean termites are ideally suited to our tropical climate, reproduce quickly and in large numbers. They not only develop colonies underground (as do all ‘subterranean’ termites), Formosan termites can also form satellite colonies above ground in the voids between walls, under sinks, and in tree hollows. These aerial colonies may also contain egg laying reproductives.

Formosan termites have been known to attack in over 50 species of living plants including citrus, pepper trees, wild cherry, cherry laurel, ash, sweet gum, cedar, willow, wax myrtle, Chinese elm, live oak, and white oak. Formosan termites are aggressive eaters and have been known to chew through non-wood materials in their search for wood. They have attacked plastic, asphalt, plaster, rubber, and thin sheets of lead and copper metal. The creosote on utility poles does not deter Formosan termites and are at great risk of damage. Because Formosan termites survive in the yard as well as the house it is important to inspect and treat the area surrounding an infested house.

About the Author:

Garrett Thrasher is Vice President and General Manager of Thrasher Termite & Pest Control of So Cal, Inc. is recognized for his expertise in bed bug control and termite control. Garrett is author of The Bed Bug Battle Plan: Field Tested Solutions for Bed Bug Extermination and Prevention (ISBN: 1500838209). He is the chairperson of Pest Control Operator's of California (PCOC) Termite Committee and past chairperson of the San Diego District of PCOC. Garrett’s solid understanding of pests in San Diego, their behavior, current outbreaks, and experience on camera has made him a leading contact for news and media outlets. He has spoken at PestWorld and PestTech, and was featured in PCT Magazine and the PCT Podcast. He takes pride in continuing to lead and help the pest control industry provide the safest and most efficient methods of pest control while preserving the environment as best as possible. In his spare time Garrett coaches his daughter’s Micro Soccer team (5-year-olds) and enjoys golfing.

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