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Nothing can ruin a vacation faster than an insect pest infestation. For example, it is not uncommon to find bed bugs in hotel rooms, and this shouldn’t come as a surprise since hotel rooms see nothing but travelers from all different regions of the world. When it comes to insect pest disturbances while traveling, bed bugs are the only pests that seem relevant. However, you would be surprised at the multitude of different ways in which insect pests can ruin vacations. Some of the most desirable tourist destinations in the world also harbor diverse insect pest populations. Tropical regions are particularly apt to contain various exotic insect pest species, such as termites. This makes several popular island getaways havens for potentially destructive termite pests. However, even islands that are located far north of the tropics can contain termite pest habitats, but termite-related problems on these northern islands are relatively rare. Despite the relative rarity, one non-tropical northern island chain has come under heavy termite activity.  The islands being referred to are the Channel islands, and unfortunately the current termite epidemic on the islands will likely prevent tourists from traveling to the country. One of the termite-infested structures is the Channel Islands National Park headquarters. The closing of this tourist hotspot is preventing tourists from visiting the many National Parks that are located on the islands.

 

The Channel Islands National Park headquarters in Ventura will close for a week in order to eradicate a termite infestation that has taken ahold of the building. The building will be treated for termites while its doors are closed to the public. The termite infestation is widespread enough to force officials to close the The Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center at the Ventura Harbor for two days, as termite treatments are also required in this structure. The closing of the two buildings required the relocation of several animal-inhabitants. After the termite treatments are completed, the live-in animals will be relocated to the National Park buildings.

 

Does it surprise you to learn that a large-scale termite infestation occured on an island located as far north as the English Channel?