All termites pose a massive threat to homeowners. But did you know there is one species of termite that is more dangerous than others? In fact, a recent discovery by our team confirms that these termites, known as Formosan termites, are spreading across South Carolina. Here are some Formosan fast facts so you can be better prepared.
1. What Are They and Where Are They From?
The Formosan subterranean termite (FST), Coptotermes formosanus Shiraki, is considered to be one of the most destructive termite species in the world today. This species is not native to the United States—it originated from areas around southern China, Formosa (Taiwan), and Japan. It is believed this termite was accidentally transported to the southeastern U.S. by ships returning from the Pacific at the end of World War II.
2. How and Where Were They Recently Found?
Terminix professionals responded to a service call in Sumter, S.C. and noticed the termites had unique characteristics from what Sumter usually sees. Our trained technicians, in conjunction with Clemson University ran tests to confirm that these were in fact, Formosan subterranean termites, the first time they had been recorded in the Sumter area.
3. Have They Been in South Carolina Before?
In South Carolina, Formosan termites are well established in the Lowcountry region and have also been found in isolated instances in York and Pickens counties. There have been reports of isolated instances in both Brunswick and Rutherford Counties in North Carolina, but they are believed to have been eliminated from these areas.
Homeowners in or near these counties are encouraged to contact Terminix for a free termite inspection. Technicians are highly trained and know how to identify and treat this highly invasive species.
Current Terminix customers should contact their local branch to discuss their termite protection options.
While this new discovery about the wood-destroying insects may be shocking, have no fear. Going on the offensive with an established termite control company like Terminix will stop Formosan termites in their tracks.