2014
DOI: 10.13102/sociobiology.v59i1.675
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Abstract: This study surveyed the termite fauna in urban properties of the city of Recife, state of Pernambuco, northeastern Brazil. Six-hundred properties were inspected in search for termites or signs of their activity, such as abandoned nests, galleries on walls, and fecal pellets. Seven termite species, belonging to seven genera and three families (Kalotermitidae, Rhinotermitidae, and Termtidae) were found causing some type of damage. Nasutitermes corniger and Cryptotermes dudleyi were the most frequent species with… Show more

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“…In the last decades, N. corniger has become of great economic importance due to increasing reports of damage to residences in various Brazilian and Argentinian cities, which have confirmed its status as a pest (Mill, 1991;Menezes et al, 2000;Constantino, 2002;Costa-Leonardo, 2002;Fontes & Milano, 2002;Torales, 2002;Albuquerque et al, 2012).…”
Section: Sociobiologymentioning
confidence: 96%
“…In the last decades, N. corniger has become of great economic importance due to increasing reports of damage to residences in various Brazilian and Argentinian cities, which have confirmed its status as a pest (Mill, 1991;Menezes et al, 2000;Constantino, 2002;Costa-Leonardo, 2002;Fontes & Milano, 2002;Torales, 2002;Albuquerque et al, 2012).…”
Section: Sociobiologymentioning
confidence: 96%
“…Decades ago, this species was mainly observed in natural or agricultural environments (Fontes and Milano 2002). However, the incidence of N. corniger in urban households has risen in recent years (Costa et al 2009;Albuquerque et al 2012;Mello et al 2014) what indicates its increasing importance as an urban pest. A major reduction in the natural vegetation in urban-transition areas could be the main cause for increases in N. corniger populations in Recife city, capital of Pernambuco State in Brazilian northeastern region (Milano and Fontes 2002b;Albuquerque et al 2012).…”
Section: Discussionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…However, the incidence of N. corniger in urban households has risen in recent years (Costa et al 2009;Albuquerque et al 2012;Mello et al 2014) what indicates its increasing importance as an urban pest. A major reduction in the natural vegetation in urban-transition areas could be the main cause for increases in N. corniger populations in Recife city, capital of Pernambuco State in Brazilian northeastern region (Milano and Fontes 2002b;Albuquerque et al 2012). This termite was assigned as being more abundant in disturbed areas as in secondary forests (Bandeira et al 2003;Vasconcellos et al 2005), and the construction of polycalic and/or polygynic nests significantly increases the foraging area and reproductive capacity of each colony, allowing the termite to spread and colonize new habitats (Thorne 1982;Vasconcellos and Bandeira 2006), which may include urban areas.…”
Section: Discussionmentioning
confidence: 99%
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