Mutant Termites Discovered in South Florida Experts Call “Super-Termites”

As if we didn’t have enough to worry about, now there are teenage mutant ninja termites roaming South Florida?

OK, so maybe they aren’t exactly teenage ninjas, but hybrid “super-termites” they could be!

Asian and Formosan hybrid by Thomas Chouvenc-University of Florida

The male Asian subterranean termite (brown abdomen) and the female Formosan subterranean termite (orange abdomen) are surrounded by their hybrid offspring (eggs, larvae, workers, soldiers) in an eight-month-old colony. Thomas Chouvenc/University of Florida

You’ve heard me say time and time again that termites cost nearly $5 billion in damage every year – more than fire, storms and earthquakes combined, but that number may soon change… and not for the better!

The Asian and Formosan species of subterranean termites are not native to Florida and are two of the most destructive termite species in the world. It’s been a challenge learning how to control termites of these species because of how quickly each of them multiply on their own, but now researchers are saying that the hybrid colonies are reproducing at nearly double the rate!

To put it in perspective, consider this:

  • Native subterranean termite colonies contain several hundred thousand termites.
  • Formosan subterranean termite colonies contain several million termites.

Now double that and you can see the cause for concern!

But there are still many questions about how the hybrid Asian and Formosan termite colonies. The top one is, will the hybrids be sterile — or will they be able to reproduce and create new colonies on their own? Only time will tell!

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Comments 1

  1. This is a great resource for anyone trying to find out how to do the termite treatment. You’re so right, too: $5 billion in damage every year – more than fire”. In Perth WA, it is about the same, these termite cause so much damage. Home owners end up paying a high cost to these pest control companies.

    Anyway, keep up the great work. Glad I bumped into your website.

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