Bait Stake Detection of the Formosan Termite in South Florida

C. R. Thompson


The Formosan termite, Coptotermes formosanus Shiraki, was detected in Florida in a Hallandale (Broward Co.) condominium in July, 1980. A two year (1981-1983) bait stake survey was undertaken. Of 41 building lots included in the survey, grounds, 14 were infested with Formosan termites, 4 with Retiticulitermes flavipes (Kollar), and 2 by both species. A stake location was rarely abandoned once found by termites, and the number of infested stakes increased with successive inspections. A stake occupied by one subterranean species was seldom subsequently occupied by the other.

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