SOLVED: Is Ground Termite Treatment Enough?

Spraying termites with pest control treatment on the ground

If you’re applying termite treatment on the ground, here’s some good news: That really is all you need to do to eliminate common subterranean termites. However, ground-only methods may not work on Formosan termites, since they can build their nests above ground.

Confused? Then let’s demystify this process together.

Subterranean termites build their nests underground and construct shelter tubes to travel back and forth from their food source in your house.

Since subterranean termites must return to their nests, applying treatment on the ground, where their nests are located, is an effective plan. This is because doing so will kill their entire colony and eliminate infestation. (Of course, it will do nothing for the damage they may leave behind!)

Formosan termites do things a bit differently. They also usually build their nests underground, but they can also construct nests above ground near their food source. This, of course, makes them more difficult to treat.

Check with your termite treatment company to make sure they’ve identified the particular termite species in your house. In addition, make sure they have taken the appropriate action. If the termites are anything other than Formosan, a ground-only treatment plan should be OK.


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Formosan Termites: How to Handle this Growing Threat

Formosan termite, foraging through wood and dirt
Formosan termites are one of the most destructive pests in the country. Read on to learn what you should know about them to protect your home. (DepositPhotos)

Formosan subterranean termites strike fear in the hearts of homeowners, particularly residents of Hawaii and the southern United States.

According to a report by the Department of Agriculture, they’re one of the most destructive pests in the country. Each year, over $1 billion is spent in the U.S. for preventive and remedial treatment and to repair damage caused by Formosan termites.

Termite house damage, seen beside a pest control worker removing the termites
The U.S. spends $1 billion each year to prevent or treat damage caused by Formosan termites.  (DepositPhotos)

Despite myths to the contrary, Formosan termites can’t chew through concrete; nor can they leap tall buildings in a single bound. Even so, they’re often referred to as “super termites” because they’re aggressive, able to build nests above ground and form extremely large colonies.

While native termite colonies often number in the hundreds of thousands, Formosan colonies include millions of individuals. One Formosan queen can live as long as 20 years and lay as many as 2,000 eggs a day.

Worker Formosan termites search for food up to 250 feet from their colony.

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