Creamy white to golden brown; long, narrow, and oval; 1/2 inch in length
Diet: Any material with cellulose such as wood and vegetation.
Habitat: Like most termite species, they invade structures from soil that are in direct contact with wood or at ground level.They are able to build nests that do not require them to return to the soil due to constructing a secondary carton nest that helps retain moisture. They also infest trees and shrubs, utility poles, and even wooden railroad trusses.
Threats: Formosan termites are aggressive and difficult to control once they infest a structure. They can cause costly damage to not just houses, but telephone and electric cable insulation coverings. Structural damage to your home can occur in as little as six months.
Control: Store any firewood or excess lumber away from the home. Keep your gutters clean and maintained to reduce moisture and keep drainage systems away from your foundation. It is also important to repair any cracks in foundation or exterior walls.