“With residents’ help, spectacular progress has been made in eliminating the conehead termite from Dania Beach. From a total of 75 active properties in Dania Beach since 2012, visible evidence of conehead termites was not found during recent surveys conducted by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). HOWEVER, you must remain vigilant in watching for the pest because a young, newly developed colony of coneheads can remain hidden on your property for multiple years, feeding only on the wood that it initially infested.
These young colonies stay hidden until their population becomes large enough that they must seek out new food sources and expand their nest to maintain and house the growing colony. At that point, they build an aboveground brown nest and tunnels to access new food sources, both of which are visible and easy to find. The amount of time that a new colony remains hidden can vary and, therefore, FDACS asks that you continue to monitor your property and surroundings. Contact FDACS (1-888-397-1517) if you see tunnels, a nest, or anything else that you suspect may indicate that conehead termites are present.
Successful removal of this pest from Dania Beach is only possible with residents’ continued vigilance. If you would like additional information on the conehead termite and the FDACS eradication program, please go to their website at www.freshfromflorida.com and search “conehead.” If you have questions, call Sue Alspach at 850-597-3780 or email Sue.Alspach@FreshFromFlorida.com.”
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) is working diligently to prevent this invasive termite from becoming permanently established and spreading further throughout the state. FDACS asks Floridians to be on the lookout for these invasive pests and to report any suspected sightings.
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