Short Bait Exposure Provides Control of Asian Subterranean Termite Colonies

Coptotermes gestroi termites

A new study in the Journal of Economic Entomology shows exposure to an insecticide bait known as a chitin synthesis inhibitor for as little as one day may be sufficient to eliminate a colony of Asian subterranean termites (Coptotermes gestroi).

Video: This is What a Major Termite Swarm Looks Like

In March 2016, Thomas Chouvenc, a research assistant at the University of Florida Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center, noticed a major swarm of Asian subterranean termites (Coptotermes gestroi) in his neighborhood, so he busted out the video camera and shot the following: As we recently reported, invasive termites are spreading throughout South Florida, and […]

As Termite Range Expands, Half of Structures in South Florida May Be at Risk by 2040

Asian and Formosan subterranean termites cause about $40 billion a year in structural damage globally, and researchers from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences predict these pests will dramatically increase their impact in the next two decades in South Florida. They estimate that subterranean termite activity will expand, meaning half the […]

Florida Scientists Discover Super Termites, and They’re Not Genetically Modified

By Richard Levine Formosan subterranean termites (Coptotermes formosanus) and Asian subterranean termites (Coptotermes gestroi) are the most damaging pest species in the world. Both are highly invasive and have spread throughout many areas of the world due to human activity, and their distributions overlap in some areas. Now scientists in Florida have observed Formosan males […]

Termites Tunnel and Transport Food Faster at Higher Temperatures

Formosan Subterranean Termite

Entomologists at the University of Florida recently published an article in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America that may help to explain the seasonal activities of termites. The effects of temperature on tunneling and food-transportation activity of four subterranean termite species — Coptotermes formosanus Shiraki, Coptotermes gestroi (Wasmann), Reticulitermes virginicus (Banks), and Reticulitermes […]