With a lack of professionals and specialists in pest control in Puerto Vallarta, a recent study by the University of Guadalajara in urban plagues by Jaime Santana Santillan showed that 40% of the homes, businesses and hotels in the city were infested with termites.
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The insect is a problem that is exacerbated in urban areas of the country, but also in agricultural and coastal areas.
“The entrepreneurs spend millions of pesos in detecting insect.”
He noted that in tourist areas the damages caused by termites is due to the invasion and indiscriminate destruction of natural ecosystems.
He clarified that to remedy the situation it is necessary that the Ministry of Health put in place a strategy to combat urban pests, which will be necessary as a first step using non-toxic methods; then they must instruct the community to prevent proliferation, and only if necessary the use of insecticides.
He stated that fumigators offering their service at low cost use insecticides and can be harmful to health because they are highly toxic.
The specialist of the University Center for Biological and Agricultural Sciences (CUCBA) said that termites also affect mango plantations on the coast of Jalisco and recently their presence was found in cultures of agave.
He said that at first it was believed that the weevil was causing damage to the plant, but found that termites can be more harmful.
The researcher said that some underground termite species are adapting to climate change and are more resistant to insecticides, a factor that also affects their proliferation.
src: Union Jalisco (es)