You think termites are destructive?

You may not know the tenth of it –

Meet the Formosan termite –

Atlanta

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Formosan Termites

Formosans are moving north

They arrived in the 1950’s now they infest the southeast

Double hit to sustainability

  • More pesticides
  • Shorter structure life

Formosans are 10 times more destructive

Because their colonies are 10 times larger

Source: The University of Florida;:

 “A single individual of the Formosan subterranean termite does not consume more wood than a single native subterranean termite, however, because of its large population size, a Formosan subterranean termite colony can cause more structural damage in a shorter time.”

“A single colony of Formosan subterranean termite may contain several million termites (versus several hundred thousand termites for native subterranean termite species)”

http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/urban/termites/formosan_termite.htm

Map Sources:

1975: U.S. Department of Agriculture

1990: U.S. Department of Agriculture

2001: U.S. Department of Agriculture

     (2001 is the last map published by the USDA)

2018: University of Florida

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