Crews Hope To Prevent Termite Swarms At Kansas State

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - The Entomology Department at Kansas State University is working on solving a bug problem of its own.

Over the past year crews with American Pest Management have been working to eliminate swarms of termites that have infested Waters Hall using an environmentally friendly system called Sentricon.

Crews will be monitoring the building over the course of the year, checking the system every few months for progress.

"Well hopefully it continues to go in a positive direction," said Kansas State's Department of Entomology Head John Ruberson. "Everything looks good right now, so hopefully that will continue. The challenge with the termites is they can keep coming back, so we just have to be vigilant to keep watching for them, but the system is working well. We haven’t had to treat anything internally with insecticide, so that’s very helpful."

On average, it takes between three to six months to eliminate a colony.

Officials say termites cause more than $5 billion worth of damage each year in the United States - damage that is not covered by homeowner's insurance.