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Beaumont's Formosan Termites: What Every Resident Should Know

June 30, 2022

Termites exist throughout all U.S. states other than Alaska and create more than five billion dollars in property damage each year. Often mistaken for ants, termites typically range from ¼ to ½ of an inch in length, have six legs and a segmented body consisting of the head, thorax, and abdomen. As wood-boring insects, termites pose significant risks if they begin consuming a wooden part of a property. 

Across the U.S., more than 40 various species exist that appear in a variety of colors. The three primary categories used for differentiating termites include subterranean, dry wood, and damp wood termites. Damp wood termites primarily exist in South Florida, along the Pacific Coast, and in the desert regions of the Southwest. 

Drywood termites, most prevalent in the coastal areas of Texas, have a body that may appear yellowish or black and wings that may look clear or grey. Unlike subterranean termites that require moisture and build underground nests, drywood termites typically nest within a wooden structure. The Formosan termite is one of the most common subterranean termite species found in the region. 

What are signs of termites?  During the spring months, winged termites often gather together in large “swarms” that individuals often assume are flying ants. Formosan termites sometimes will swarm at night near sources of light. 

Formosan termites also create narrow tubes or tunnels that usually extend vertically, rising from the soil beneath. Often visible, these “mud tubes” have a unique patterned appearance. 

Keep in mind that a termite problem results in further worsening damage with each passing week; therefore, speaking with a Beaumont pest control professional must become a priority for preventing more costly repair and replacement work. 

What Do Formosan Termites Look Like?

What do adult termites look like? Formosan termite “soldiers” typically have an orange or brown body color and an oval-shaped head. The winged reproductive (alates) termites usually appear more yellowish. What do baby termites look like? Young termites or nymphs somewhat resemble the adults; however, they generally appear smaller and more lightly colored. 

Where Do Formosan Termites Live?

The Formosan termite is now most commonly in Houston-Galveston and Beaumont-Port Arthur areas in Texas. As a type of subterranean termite, Formosan termites often create nests below ground; however, nests composed of wood and soil might also appear slightly above the ground. 

Formosan Termites vs. Subterranean Termites: Key Differences 

Some of the common differences between Formosan termites and the majority of other subterranean types include: 

  • Formosan termite workers have a slightly larger body.
  • Most Formosan termites have an oval or oblong head, unlike the more rectangular shapes of others. 
  • The queens in a Formosan termite colony may generate significantly more offspring.
  • Unlike the other subterranean species, Formosan termites may create “secondary” above-ground nests. 

One commonality among all termite species is their capability of causing substantial property damage. Keep in mind that property insurance coverage usually excludes termite damage. 

The Best Way To Get Rid Of Formosan Termites In Beaumont

Did you know that the local specialists with Pestco Professional Pest also perform termite detection services and assist with the implementation of prevention plans for customers actively buying or selling a property? We will happily offer responsive services for local real estate agents that represent buyers or sellers, property insurance company inspection requests, and various organizations involved in new residential property construction and development.  

In addition to termites, the qualified personnel with Pestco Professional Pest also use many of the latest products and treatment methods, which have now emerged in the residential and commercial pest control industries for ousting rodents, cockroaches, bed bugs, and a host of other meddling pests. Our organization now deploys many of the techniques associated with integrated pest management (IPM), which often involve “green” solutions that ensure the safety of our customers, their pets, and the physical environment that we share. 

Please feel free to contact our team regarding an onsite property inspection and estimate. Our office operates six days a week for your convenience.