'Super-termites' discovered in La Mesa

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – Homeowners in La Mesa are being warned their houses could be at risk of a destructive pest: Formosan subterranean termites.

San Diego-based company Thrasher Termite & Pest Control made the unfortunate discovery this month in a La Mesa home.

They're deemed "super-termites" due to enormous colonies up to two million strong. The pests can cause significant structural damage within six months. 

The invasive species of termites was last seen in La Mesa in 1992. Efforts to eradicate the population were thought to be successful but pest control experts say that's no longer the case. Monitoring efforts eventually stopped due to a lack of funding.

About 60 homeowners have received letters from the San Diego County officials warning of potential risk.

According to the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources, the 1992 Formosan subterranean termite infestation was estimated to be about ten years old. This…

Original published: 2018-08-13 21:45:13 Read the full San Diego News here

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