Invasive Species Cause Serious Damage to Homes and the Environment

February 15th, 2012

Invasive Species Cause Serious Damage to Homes and the Environment

National Pest Management Association Reports an Increase in Insects of Foreign Origin

Invasive species, or insects of foreign origin, have increased in population and are causing serious problems for American homeowners.  According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), homeowners nationwide should remain vigilant to ensure protection against invasive insects – specifically Red Imported Fire Ants (RIFA) and Formosan Termites.

Homeowners should especially be aware of RIFAs, who set up quarters between boards and timbers, in cracks on concrete walls and belongings in homes.  They arrived in the United States in the 1930s and have progressively spread across the South and into parts of California and other western states.  RIFAs bite humans with their powerful jaws and sting repeatedly causing itchy blisters that can become infected.

Another prominent invasive insect is the Formosan Termite. This species entered the U.S. through military cargo shipments from East Asia 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 U.S. annual property damage caused by all species of termites.

Bug Busters USA recommends that homeowners consult a qualified pest professional to inspect the property and prescribe necessary treatments to keep their family healthy and their home safe. For more information on invasive insects and other pest issues, please visit and

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