New Focus of Dry Wood Termite - Cryptotermes brevis in Praia da Vitória city

Termite Cryptotermes brevis, which already occurs in the cities of Angra do Heroismo, Ponta Delgada, Horta and the locations of Calheta do Nesquim and Ribeira das Lajes (Pico Island), Vila do Porto and Maia (Santa Maria Island) and Calheta (S. Jorge Island), was found in the city of Praia da Vitória near Lajes airfield. This species is a serious urban pest widely dispersed and currently causes severe structural problems, hence economic, due to the difficulty to control. This new report is an alert to the actions of the authorities to prevent the spread of the species in this locality. According to researchers from the University of the Azores this location has a high probability of occurrence. It is imperative to take measures to prevent its spread to the surrounding habitations.