Formosan Subterranean Termites cost Hawaii residents about $100 million a year. Across the U.S., estimates place the damage from termites at over $5B/year. Due to its size and aggressive foraging behavior, a colony of Formosan termites does more damage than single colonies of other U.S. subterranean species, and can cause significant structural damage to a home in only 6 months.
They are known to enter buildings through cracks in concrete flooring or travel under tile flooring through gaps less than 1/16" wide. They have also been known to eat their way through concrete, bricks or mortar to reach wood, chewing through many other materials, including insulation around underground electrical lines causing power outages. FSTs can eat through thin sheets of metal, mortar, PVC pipe, electric power and telecommunication lines and most woods, including hardwoods, paint, plaster, gypsum board, and even CMU block in order to get to a food source. A typical colony will consume over 1,000 pounds of wood per year.
Unpredictable invasiveness of ground termites makes them difficult to detect and control.
The termite is ‘hidden from view’ at all times. The presence of termites may be indicated by: a sagging door or floor, leaks in the roof, a warped wall, a hollow sounding beam, discolored or blistered paint, depressions in wood, moisture collecting in unusual places, springy floors or steps, mud tubes on interior or exterior walls, wood rot, interruptions in power or communications like short circuits, telecommunication blackouts, or similar problems. By the time termites are detected, considerable damage has already been done to the structure.
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