Hybrid Termites are a New Threat to Florida

Two of the most destructive termite species in the world, Formosan subterranean termites and Asian subterranean termites are swarming simultaneously in south Florida this spring, which means new concerns for termite experts. These two species of termites are the most destructive termites in Florida and now they appear to be mating with each other creating a new hybrid termite. If this new hybrid takes hold, they will have the potential to spread across the state. Here is some information that has been captured so far on this new hybrid species of termite:

  • While both the Formosan and Asian subterranean termites have developed and evolved separately for thousands of years, they have now come together and are mating with each other in southeast Florida
  • Laboratory research has shown that the hybridization of the two species can produce a hybrid with a faster growth rate.
  • It is unknown at this time if the hybrid termite is fertile or sterile or if hybrid colonies will be successful in developing and sustaining.
  • If successful, there is the potential for large hybrid colonies to spread much like the formosan termite has spread throughout Florida over the past 30 years.
  • Both the Asian termite and the Formosan termite are established species throughout the world.
  • Formosan termites were first discovered in the 1980s and have now been reported in almost all urban areas in Florida. The Asian termite has been in southeast Florida since 1996.

Massey Services, a leader in termite protection, is researching ways to combat this new termite threat. If you suspect you may have a problem, contact us for a free inspection.  We’ll inspect your home inside, outside, over and under and provide the right termite protection for your home.