Insects at the Beach

Eastern Subterranean Termite

Reticulitermes flavipes, Eastern Subterranean Termite

A beach in Florida was closed last week because of insects. Mosquitos transmitting Zika Virus? No, Termites. Termites were discovered in the bathrooms at Okaloosa County Beach. The termites had established colonies in the facia boards but had not yet made it into the roof rafters where structural damage could occur. The county is repairing the damage, replacing the old trim boards with new and treating the structure with insecticides to prevent future damage. They closed the beach to facilitate construction and ensure that visitors were not exposed to the pesticides used in termite treatment. Even though the termite colony was detected in the early stages, the damage and treatment will cost hundreds of dollars.

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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