Termites | Desert USA | CALS in the News | Scoop.it

In hot and humid New Orleans, for an extreme example, Formosan termites – probably introduced unwittingly by a military transport vessel returning from Asia after World War II – have made it their mission to devour the entire city, especially the historic French Quarter. As furtive as jewel thieves, they build secretive 300-foot long tunnels to reach historic buildings, which – by the millions – they consume with gleeful and patient precision. The Formosan termites, probably unlike any other creature in all of New Orleans, took delight in Hurricane Katrina; they have used storm debris as vehicles for expanding their battlefront in their relentless campaign. (So far, only isolated colonies of Formosan termites have been found in the Southwest.)