Earlier I shared some information on foreign invasive species from an article by Missy Henriksen for Pest World. Here are a few more highlights.
Some invasive species pose threats to American
homeowners and families. Formosan
termites, for example, is one of the
most destructive termite species of the more than 2,000 termite species known to
science. Originally from China, Formosan
termites were brought into the U.S. through military cargo
shipments after World War II.
They pose a greater threat than their native counterparts
because they form larger colonies and tend to be more aggressive,
thus consuming more wood at a much faster rate. Formosan termites
are heavy contributors to the $5 billion in annual U.S. property
damage caused by all species of termites.
Another problematic invasive pest is the red imported fire
ant (RIFA). This ant, native to Brazil, was first introduced to
the U.S. in 1933. Today, they can be found throughout the South and
in parts of California and other western states.
RIFAs get their common name from their ability to inflict
painful bites and stings, which form into raised welts that become
white pustules. RIFAs will attack humans who disturb or threaten
their nests, and often a person stung by a RIFA receives multiple
painful stings from more than one of the ants. Those allergic to
insect stings will react more severely. Red imported fire ants and
their telltale mound nests should be carefully avoided.
If you suspect an invasive pest infestation contact Dave at 1-800-400-6009 right away. Our trained professionals will be able
to identify the species and recommend a course of treatment to
control the infestation before it becomes a major problem.
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