The Formosan termite originated in China, and then traveled to Formosa. Eventually, as is the case with many pests, they made their way to other parts of the world which unfortunately includes swarming around your neighborhood right here on the Louisiana and Mississippi Gulf Coast each year during late spring and early summer.
These termites have more than just a different name and a different appearance. They are larger, more destructive, and require specialized care to defeat. Some in the business even call these creatures “super termites” just because they can be so difficult to get rid of once an infestation has began.
Fortunately, the best pest control companies have been working hard toward developing their own forms of “kryptonite” that they can use to fight these dastardly pests. Let’s take a closer look.
What Makes This Termite Different?
This termite does everything that other termites do only it does it bigger. They can live in colonies with up to sixty million termites, and because they are larger, they are going to be eating more. This means that they can potentially destroy your home in far less time than it would take the average colony of termites.
One of the other dangers about these termites, at least as far as those in the south are concerned, is the temperature. In northern climates, the termites are only active during certain months. However, in towns from Ocean Springs to New Orleans, the climate is sub-tropical which allows these termites a much greater window of activity. And while many people notice swarms in late spring and early summer, they can remain active throughout the year, and that means they will continue to feed.
Treatment Options that Work with Formosan Termites
One of the first things that you have to remember when you have termites is that you are not going to be able to win the battle alone. The word termite is interchangeable with a variety of different specific types of termite, and different pests require different treatments.
Trying to rid your home of termites on your own is going to be next to impossible. You could be trying things that will have no effect on a Formosan termite, for example. Call in the pros who know the different termites and who will be able to provide you with the right types of treatments to eliminate your pest problem.
With Formosan termites, Fischer Environmental recommends several different methods that can work to your benefit. The following are options that the best pest control companies are likely to offer you. They are going to be able to determine the best course of action for your home.
- Pre-Treatment of Soil using products such as Borate
- Baiting systems such as the Sentricon Colony Elimination System
Most people will agree that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That is definitely true in the termite control industry, as pre-treating the soil of your structure with products like Borate can help keep termites from ever settling in.
For ongoing treatment and prevention, baited termite treatment can be a good option for a number of reasons. The baits go into tubes safely located around the perimeter of the structure. The Formosan termites will then bring the bait back to the colony. The bait, which is poison to the termites, will kill them. This is a popular method of control because it does not involve the spraying of liquid chemicals, and is considered environmentally friendly. Also the bait stations are easy to locate and maintain, making it more affordable as well.
If you live anywhere along the Gulf Coast, including areas like Biloxi/Gulfport, New Orleans or St. Tammany Parish, and believe that you may have a problem with Formosan termites, or any type of termite for that matter, call us right away to schedule an inspection. The longer you wait the more damage they are doing.