Island Arthropod Macroecology

Drywood Termite Monitoring in Azores 2017

  • DRAM Azores
  • Services Acquisition
  • 2017 to 2017

The dispersal flights of West Indian drywood termite, Cryptotermes brevis (Walker) (Isoptera: Kalotermitidae) are being surveyed in the major cities of Azores. The sampling device used to estimate termite density consisted of a yellow adhesive trap (size 45 by 24 cm), placed with an artificial or natural light source in a dark attic environment. In addition, data from two other projects were used to improve the knowledge about the geographical distribution of the species. The heavy infestation observed in Angra do Heroísmo and Ponta Delgada and the clear increase of infestation levels observed from 2010 to 2011 is a reason for concern and calls for an urgent application of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) control strategy.

Funding Institution:

DRAM - Direcção regional do Ambiente (Azorean Government).


Mayors of Angra do Heroísmo (Terceira), Ponta Delgada (S. Miguel), Lajes (Pico), Calheta (São Jorge) and Vila do Porto (S. Maria).

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