Termites

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Other Photos: 
feaured_photo_co: 
A. M. Varela, icipe
Is this a Minor Pest?: 
Yes
Minor Pest Title: 

Termites

Minor Pest Description: 

Different species of termites damage cassava stems and roots. Termites damage cassava planted late or in the dry season, in particular when the crop is still young at the peak of the dry season. They chew and eat stem cuttings which grow poorly, die and rot. The may destroy whole plantations. In older cassava plants termites chew and enter the stems. This weakens the stems and causes them to break easily.

Minor Pest What to do.: 
  • Plant early with the rains.
  • Avoid planting on very dry land or on termite mounds.
Minor Pest Position: 
8
Minor Pest Firstcontent: 
114
Pest Type: 
insect
Custom1: 
Local names; white ants, mchwa (Swahili); Harvester termite ([i]Hodotermes mossambicus[/i]); Bark-eating termites ([i]Macrotermes[/i] spp., [i]Odontotermes[/i] spp.).
Host Plants: 
Cassava
Minor Pest secondContent: 
740