Hilton Head Island FORMOSAN Termite

Be Aware! In the Southeast, there are four species of subterranean termites. The FORMOSAN termite is one of these four species and has been in the Southeast since the 1950’s. Some consumers believe that the FORMOSAN termite is new to this area and a type of super termite, rather than a subterranean termite. Some companies have taken advantage of this misconception, which is wrong!

Worker termite

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Hilton Head Island FORMOSAN Termite

A Bulletin from the Department of Pesticide Regulation at Clemson University states: “Standard ground treatment methods at the same concentration levels used for other termite species are effective against Formosan Subterranean termites. . .” No special treatments or baits are needed as long as thorough inspections of the structure are performed annually.

Do not be fooled into paying extra or buying additional treatments for FORMOSAN coverage!

Termite protection is not a luxury, it is a necessity! Each year, termites inflict $4-$5 Billion worth of damage to homes, like yours, across the country. One of the biggest challenges a pest control professional faces in the Southeastern United States is the treatment and control of Subterranean Termites. Is your home covered by a termite control agreement? If not, contact us to learn how to protect your home. If you are covered under an agreement with another company and are not pleased, Palmetto Exterminators offers an economical solution for you so that your home can be protected by Palmetto Exterminators.

Hilton Head Area, SC Palmetto Exterminators 254 MacKinlay Way Ridgeland, SC 29936 843.645.9550 Areas Served: Beaufort County, Jasper County and Chatham County GA

Termites act as an integral part of local ecosystems by breaking down dead cellulose material. However, in residential areas, these behaviors can become liabilities. Within the United States, there are approximately 50 active termite species. These species can be further broken down into two major pest categories which cause problems to human structures: subterranean termites and drywood termites. Each type requires a different method of extermination.

Drywood termites inhabit the same wood or other source of cellulose material on which they feed.  Drywood termites can live within furniture and in the wood behind walls, creating elaborate systems of tunnels. Drywood termite infestations are oftentimes not recognized until they are widespread and require professional treatment. However, it is possible to identify a drywood termite infestation by loose piles of pellets, known as frass, which appear near where feeding is happening. Drywoods are less cold tolerant and are more commonly found in the southern U.S.

Subterranean termites are far more cold tolerant than drywood termites and, therefore, are more common throughout the United States. These termites build their colonies within loose, damp soil and create elaborate mud tunnels through which they access above-ground food sources. Subterranean termites tend to move within foundation cracks and feed on damp wooden sections of the home. Presence of mud tunnels is a certain sign of current or past infestation.


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