Formosan Subterranean Termites
Formosan termites are arguably the most dangerous type of termite to invade a home. These termites devour wood 24/7, and colonies may include upward of 10 million termites. In fact, a single colony of Formosan termites may consume over 100 pounds of wood in just one year.
They do not discriminate amongst the wood on your property. Formosan termites pose a threat to any wood. Whether it’s your attic, favorite chest of drawers or tree – dead or alive – Formosans attack it. They’ve even been known to consume and collapse utility poles with their ravenous appetite for the cellulose in wood.
Formosan termites are blind. They are only able to distinguish between light and dark, but they don’t stop until they find their food source! These minuscule monsters measure between 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch. However, this is where the similarities among these termites end. Workers have cream-colored bodies, while soldiers have brown accents and strong jaws. Primary reproductive Formosan termites are brown or black In color and have wings, whereas secondary reproductive castes are lighter in color.