Invasive, Crazy Caribbean Termites Threaten South Florida
Unlike our native termites, these buggers prefer to make their habitat aboveground. According to the Sun-Sentinel, they build "brown tubes up the outside walls of houses and show a particular taste for hardwood."
"They forage on the open floor, which is something you don't see unless you live in the tropics," Rudolf H. Scheffrahn, professor of entomology at the University of Florida, told the paper. "They love to eat hardwoods. They ate the handles off garden implements, rakes and hoes -- turned them into shredded wheat. If this thing really keeps going, it's going to be a problem for tropical Florida, from West Palm Beach to the Keys."
The good news is that so far they've been found only in Dania Beach. About 42 properties were treated last week after the termites' nests were found. Dania Beach also experienced an outbreak of the termites in 2001, but that population was eradicated. However, they popped up again last summer, and officials hope they can control this outbreak as well.
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