Living With Invasive Termites

Termite Fumigation

Termite Fumigation
Photo: Evan Morgan

The West Indian drywood termite is an invasive pest of structures in Australia. First detected in 1966, the Australian government has been battling the species for half a century. West Indian drywood termites are treated by whole house fumigation, an expensive prospect costing about $42,000 per house. This is unaffordable for most home owners. Homeowners who could not afford the treatment might be tempted to let the infestation fester. That would create a much larger problems as termites colonized the neighboring houses. Rather than allow the problem to get out of hand, the Queensland Government pays for the treatment of about 15 buildings per year at a cost of over half a million dollars per year. This is a bargain considering the damage that might occur if termites were not controlled.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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