CANYON LAKE, Calif. – Jason and Lowell Boone, Better Off Dead Services (B.O.D.S.), Riverside, Calif., found a Formosan subterranean termite infestation in a Canyon Lake (Riverside County, Calif.) dwelling, in June 2020.
The Boones encountered the termites in an uninhabited home (a rental property) in an upscale gated dwelling on Canyon Lake reservoir, situated in a hill space between Menifee and Lake Elsinore. The alates have been swarming indoors and the infestation triggered appreciable injury to the outside partitions, indoor wall panels and the flooring of the second-floor rest room.
Though Formosan termites are a localized pest, discovered primarily within the South, they’ve been present in California — together with a confirmed sighting in La Mesa (San Diego County) in 1992 and again in 2018 — so pest administration professionals within the Golden State are looking out for them.
“I seen distinctive hair on the wings. The colour of the wings and on the physique have been just a bit bit off – and I seen that quantity of swarmers was simply a lot better than we usually encounter right here in California,” mentioned Jason Boone.
Boone alerted University of California-Riverside Professor of Entomology Dr. Chow-Yang Lee, who collected specimens from the infested web site, and later conclusively recognized them as Formosan subterranean termites (Coptotermes formosanus), utilizing each morphological and molecular methods.
The unique therapy technique for B.O.D.S. was a conventional full home, trench and therapy utilizing Termidor HE, simply as they’d have executed for subterranean termites. “Actually, whereas we have been doing that therapy I used to be doing analysis about Formosan termites and was studying about satellite tv for pc aerial colonies and the way massive these could possibly be. If you’re fortunate to seek out these, you can do wall a void therapy, however these [termites] had been there for six, seven, perhaps 10 years,” mentioned Jason Boone. “At that time I made a decision to [via a subcontractor] do a full-house fumigation on prime of that.”
Boone mentioned the outcomes have been glorious as they haven’t discovered any termites six months after the therapy.
UCR’s Lee mentioned the college has executed some inhabitants genetics work on the samples from Canyon Lake and La Mesa to find out if the species are associated. They’ve despatched these findings to the Journal of Financial Entomology and can be sharing the outcomes of that analysis at a future date.