New species of termites brought to San Nicolas Island

October 16, 2016. Termite-infested wood pallets were discovered by the San Nicolas Island biologist after they had been transported to San Nicolas Island. This was a species not known to San Nicolas Island. The pallets were transported through the island via an aircraft that departed from Point Mugu, but is unknown if the pallets were provided by the Navy or if they came from the sales point of origin. Two of the three pallets were infected, and all three were burned immediately after discovery of the termites, as suggested by experts. This sighting emphasizes the importance of cargo inspections for biosecurity threats.

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