Florida Takes a Bite out of Conehead Termites

Thursday, June 7, 2018

An invasive termite in Southeastern Florida is losing its grip on the area, thanks to successful eradication efforts by a multi-agency working group. Sue Alspach, an environmental specialist with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, used an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Enhancement grant from the Southern IPM Center to gather experts from many agencies in the state to form a working group to deal with the pest.

Unlike subterranean termites that live predominantly underground, the conehead termite builds its nests and tunnels above ground. Although that may make them easier to spot, conehead nests often are intermixed with brush or debris. In abandoned sites that are overgrown, colonies can thrive and multiply quickly, with the aid of multiple kings and queens in each nest.

NIFA supports the Southern Integrated Pest Management Center.

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