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Formosan Termites

Formosan Termites

Quick Reference Facts

Common Name: Formosan Termites
Common Traits: Color: Creamy white to brown, Shape: Long narrow oval, Size: 1/2" long, Region: Found in Hawaii North Carolina South Carolina Georgia Virginia Texas Louisiana Alabama Florida Tennessee and California
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Prevention Methods

  • Divert water away form homes foundation
  • Keep slab exposed around perimeter of house
  • Contact Markle for professional treatment


Originally from China, Formosan termites are an extremely aggressive and destructive termite species. Formosan termites are a subterranean species of termite. Swarmer Formosan termites are about ½ inch in overall length, including their wings.


Formosan termites live in huge underground colonies, with an average of 350,000 workers, but can contain as many as several million termites. Formosan termites build intricate mud nests in the ground. In addition to structures, they are also known to infest trees, shrubs, utility poles, timber, railroad trusses and even boats.


A mature colony of Formosan termites can cause severe structural damage to a home in as little as six months. Prevention is key with this species. If dealing with an existing infestation, talk to a pest professional about Formosan termite treatment.

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Information provided by the National Pest Management Association