Tag: Termites

UF study shows “pretty” termites do the most damage

  GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Termites may be “pretty” in the eyes of a scientist, but don’t let good looks fool you: The prettier termites are more destructive than their uglier counterparts, a University of Florida researcher says. Scientists… Read More

Neighboring termite colonies re-invade; expose themselves to deadly bait

Please see caption below story. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Even after an insecticide bait weakens Formosan subterranean termites, a neighboring colony will invade the same area and meet the identical lethal fate, new University of Florida Institute of Food… Read More

Half of South Florida structures at risk of subterranean termite infestation by 2040

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Figure this: Asian and Formosan subterranean termites cause about $32 billion in damage annually, worldwide, when you combine harm to structures and measures to control them. Now, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural… Read More

Half of South Florida structures at risk of subterranean termite infestation by 2040

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Figure this: Asian and Formosan subterranean termites cause about $32 billion in damage annually, worldwide, when you combine harm to structures and measures to control them. Now, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural… Read More

UF/IFAS termite pioneer to be inducted into inventors hall of fame

Nan-Yao Su GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Nan-Yao Su, the University of Florida scientist who invented the Sentricon® system for termite colony elimination, is scheduled to be inducted into the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame Oct. 2 in Tampa. Sentricon®,… Read More

UF/IFAS entomologist to be inducted into pest management hall of fame

Please see caption below. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Phil Koehler sees his students as the reason he’s being inducted into the Pest Management Professional Hall of Fame. “The thing I’ve done is provide opportunities for students, and they’ve pretty… Read More

UF/IFAS termite pioneer selected for inventors hall of fame

Nan-Yao Su GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Nan-Yao Su, the University of Florida scientist who invented the Sentricon® system for termite colony elimination, has been selected for induction into the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame. Sentricon®, the first commercial baiting… Read More

UF/IFAS research: termite ‘poop’ nest material creates natural antibiotic

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nkn0kp4FsVc GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For some 50 years, scientists have tried — but failed — to find a way to use microbes as a means of biological control for destructive subterranean termites. University of Florida researchers have now… Read More

UF review suggests new approaches needed if biological control of termites to succeed

Cutline at bottom. Click here for high resolution image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It sounds like a pest control technician’s dream come true—eradicating hard-to-reach underground termite colonies by introducing small quantities of a pathogen or parasite, a practice called… Read More

Termites’ gut reactions show how to improve renewable fuel, UF researchers say

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Termite damage costs the U.S. more than $1 billion each year, but that same destructive power might help solve one of the nation’s most pressing economic quandaries: sustainable fuel production. After years of genetic sequencing,… Read More