As if the word termites is not bad enough, there is a new species that has been found in Florida, and it has been dubbed "super termite". The two most invasive termite species in the world are shacking up, producing a potentially powerful new termite hybrid in South Florida, a new study finds.
The "super" pest can reproduce more quickly than either parent species and might have a more massive range, opening it to new habitats, the researchers said.
As if regular termites were not harmful enough, this new hybrid termite has the potential to cause devastating damage. This new breed is a cross between the Asian and the Formosan termites. These two species found their way to the United States, and Florida specifically through trade. What is particularly concerning is the offspring of these two termites are twice the size of the mating species. The Formosan females are larger than female Asian termites. For some reason, they're even more attractive to male Asian termites than their species. They are also producing offspring at almost double the rate.
Florida homeowners spend an estimated $500 million annually on costs related to termite damage and control, said Dr Phil Koehler, Professor of Entomology at the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. With this new species lurking, those number may explode. Termite repair costs are generally in the $3,000 range but can run into tens of thousands of dollars. The integrity of your home can be compromised and even lead to the destruction of your home. Many insurance companies will not even cover termites.
Here are some signs of termites, according to the Center for Disease Control:
Pencil-thin mud tubes extending over the inside and outside surfaces of foundation walls, piers, sills, joists, and similar areas.
At the first sign of termites, call us at Quest Termite & Pest Services. We are locally owned and operated, and we have been in the pest control industry for over 30 years.