Formosan Termites vs. Subterranean Termites

Having termites always means you need help from a professional Brick NJ exterminator. However, it’s important to know which type of termite you’re dealing with. Subterranean termites are the most common type of NJ termite, but Formosan termites might become a threat to homeowners in the near future.

Physical Characteristics

Both of these types of termites have a similar appearance as far as their body shape, but there are several differences as well. Some subterranean termites are black in color, such as colony members that reproduce. Formosan termite colony members that reproduce are brown. If you have trouble telling them apart based on physical appearance, their behavior can also be a clue.

Behavioral Characteristics

Subterranean and Formosan termites have colony members that swarm at certain times of the year. This swarming is their way to fly off and build a new colony. You might see subterranean termites engage in this swarming behavior in spring. Formosan termites usually swarm during May, June, and July, especially in the evening.

Colony Characteristics

The size of termite colonies can also help you determine their type. Formosan termites build very large colonies with millions of members. Subterranean termites also build large colonies, but they’re usually not as large as Formosan termite colonies. In either case, you’ll need help in eliminating your termite problem.

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