Brace Yourselves for the ‘Super’ Termite
What do you get when two of the most destructive species of termites breed? A potentially very big problem for homeowners, to say the least …
This is the scenario that researchers in South Florida have observed. They’ve noticed that the Asian (Coptotermes gestroi) and Formosan (Coptotermes formosanus) subterranean termite species, which cause an estimated $40 billion worth of damage worldwide each year, have been breeding with one another.
The result is a ‘super’ termite which can reproduce even more quickly than both of their parent species and can also more easily adapt to different habitats, which means more opportunities for these critters to cause serious damage.
So, you may be wondering, how is this happening? And why now?
Well, we may have ourselves to blame. It seems these termites have lived separately for hundreds of thousands of years, but humans have brought them together primarily through trade in the regions of Taiwan, Hawaii and South Florida.
Researchers will continue to investigate the possible implications of these recent findings. In the meantime, it’s always a good idea to hire a professional pest control company to inspect your home for signs of termites.
And if you do have termites, remember, this is not a problem you can treat on your own. There is no such thing as DIY termite control—it’s a job for the experts.
Have you had your home evaluated for termites? Does the news of a possible ‘super’ termite make you more termite conscious?