What are Formosan termites?

Another type of subterranean termite, Formosan termites, are differentiated from Eastern subterranean termites by their longer bodies, shorter heads, and short pincers. Unlike Eastern subterranean termites, which can be found in the majority of states across the nation, Formosan termites are localized to the southern part of the country.

However, while Formosan termites are less widespread than their Eastern subterranean cousins, they make up for it with their voracious appetites. Often referred to as “super-termites”, Formosan termites can and will quickly destroy the walls, floors, and foundations of any business or residence unfortunate enough to have them. Like Eastern subterranean termites, Formosan termite colonies are broken into three castes consisting of workers, soldiers, and reproductives.


many formosan termites near a hole in the ground

Are Formosan termites dangerous?

Like other termite species, Formosan termites are not directly dangerous to humans, as they do not bite or spread any diseases. However, they are incredibly detrimental to any homes or other structures they infest, leaving behind costly damages and creating potential hazards by damaging the structural fortitude of buildings.

Why do I have a Formosan termite problem?

Like Eastern subterranean termites, a Formosan termite infestation is commonly identified by the presence of wings discarded by reproductive termites after a mating flight. While they are attracted to moist or water-damaged wood, they will infest any home or structure that happens to be near their colony.

Another common sign of a termite infestation is the presence of damaged wood around the home that sounds hollow when tapped and may appear to have been eaten away along the grain pattern.

How do I get rid of Formosan termites?

Because they primarily move underground and out of sight, they can be incredibly difficult to control once they’re inside a structure, making prevention a necessity. However, if termites have already gotten inside, the only real option to get rid of them and prevent further damage to the structure is to bring a certified termite professional onboard to help.

Pestmaster® Services offers a number of termite treatment services designed to help keep your home or business termite-free, including the following:

  • Guaranteed inspections

  • Wood-destroying organism reports

  • Subterranean termite control

  • Drywood termite control

  • Formosan termite control

  • Termite damage repair

If you’re worried about Formosan termites on your property, contact the pest professionals at Pestmaster® Services today to find out more about Formosan termites and the tools we use to stop them.