How to Identify Formosan Subterranean Termites

(Coptotermes formosanus)


It takes a pro to tell if termites are lurking in your home. It’s easy to mistake a carpenter ant for a termite because they both have wings during the reproductive stage. To eliminate the guesswork, contact Cook’s for a free inspection.


Some people become concerned about termites only when they see a termite swarm in or around their home or business. Remember, swarming termites don’t cause a problem; they indicate you have a problem. Swarming termites in a structure are physical evidence that termites have infested the foundation and/or walls. Although more visible in the spring and summer, termites are active even when they are not visible.

Your home should be inspected for termites because in the South termites cause millions of dollars in damage to homes each year.


The southern states — including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, and Mississippi — are the most heavily infested termite areas in the United States. No foundation type is immune from termites. They can enter through hollow block walls in basements, within support piers in crawl spaces or through cracks or utility entry points in concrete slabs.


Cook’s Termite Patrol offers termite protection through the Sentricon® System with Always Active™ Technology.

Thousands of home and business owners trust Cook’s and Sentricon® with Always Active™ for their termite protection. Your local Cook’s Termite Patrol professional will provide information about Sentricon® with Always Active™ at no cost or obligation.

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A professional treatment is the best way to control termites in a given area. Cook’s Pest Control offers professional treatment for the control of termites. Our technicians are thoroughly trained to address your termite problems.

Don’t waste time and money on over-the-counter remedies or unprofessional service. Call Cook’s, the South’s reliable pest control service. We provide free pest identification and free evaluations with no obligation!

About Termites

  • Termites are responsible for 5 billion dollars in structural damage every year and rarely does insurance cover termite damage.
  • Termite damage is often not covered by business insurance. Check your policy to find out your coverage options.
  • Buildings constructed out of concrete or steel still contain construction materials (sheetrock, insulation, flooring, doors/ framing, cabinets, shelving, trim, etc.) that termites like to eat.