Tag: Thomas Chouvenc

Subterranean Termites Farm Beneficial Bacteria From Their Fecal Nests

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Hungry Formosan termites farm antibiotics from their homes, which they make from their own recycled fecal waste, new University of Florida research shows. These beneficial bacteria make the destructive bugs immune to natural control methods…. Read More

UF Study: Large Termite Colonies Less Vulnerable to Sprays Than Baits

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Liquid sprays don’t control large subterranean termite colonies as well as baits, giving more credence to the benefits of baits as a way to minimize the bugs’ damage to structures, a new University of Florida… Read More

Termites topple pine trees – a concern as hurricane season nears

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Most termites don’t kill trees, but Asian subterranean termites are slaying some pine trees in South Florida and damaging the rest of the local urban tree canopy, a new University of Florida study found. “Our… Read More

UF study: If termites eat bait for one day, they die within 90

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Termites that feed on a well-known bait for one day are eventually doomed, which is good news for those who want to protect their property from the destructive pest, a University of Florida entomologist says…. Read More

Sibling termites take care of kids while moms and dads produce millions more

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Imagine mom and dad already have five children and are too busy, or lack the financial resources to raise more children. Sometimes, older siblings must assume some parental duties. That’s also what happens with some… Read More

Two most destructive termite species forming superswarms in South Florida, UF/IFAS study finds

UF/IFAS entomology Professor Nan-Yao Su GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two of the most destructive termite species in the world — responsible for much of the $40 billion in economic loss caused by termites annually — are now swarming simultaneously… 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