Asian Termite

Appearance:  Asian termites are characterized by having three castes distinctions.  They include; workers, which are the smallest of the species.  They are white in color, and they have large mandibles, which allows them to chew on wooden materials.  The soldiers are a little larger than the workers, and they are a little darker in color.  They are able to create a rattling sound, in order to alert the colony that there is a threat nearby.  Sometimes, the rattling sound can actually be heard by people, if the conditions are right.  The reproductives are the largest of the species.  The queen(s) can live up to 20 years, and can lay as many as 1,000 eggs every single day. 

Location and Behavior Patterns:  The Asian termites can be found throughout Florida, and are especially a nuisance in southern Florida.  They are very destructive to wooden structures, such as homes, commercial properties, playground equipment, and fences, too.  They have huge colonies, which are typically created underground, but they also make nests above ground, inside the walls of a wooden structure.

Treatment:  The best treatment for Asian termites, as for any termite species, is preventative treatment.  Regular inspections by a pest-control specialist is extremely important, as well as keeping wooden structures, such as fencing or wooden planters, away from the foundation of your home.  If a suspicion of Asian termites is found, then treating them directly is the best method of eradication. 

Asian Termite