Amid a worldwide frenzy preparing for a Maya apocalypse, me and my family took the second week of December to vacation down in the Caribbean, visiting Costa Maya Mexico, Cozumel Mexico and Grand Cayman.  Along the way we thought an excursion to the Mayan Ruin site smack dab in the middle of mosquito infested Cozumel would be awesome. After all, the apocalypse was only a few days away and the world would be ending according to the Mayan Calendar. But not so fast, I grabbed some highly prohibited video at the Mayan site and Pedro our guide, who claims to be of Mayan decent, declares all is well and we shall see our way out of 2012 unscathed. WHEW!!!!!. See the video here and check out the huge lizards (Iguanas) too.

As a Pest Control Operator, and owner of Envirosafe, with offices in Belmont, Charlotte, Rock Hill, Lake Wylie, and Gastonia, I found something even more interesting at the Mayan site than the ruins and the armada of armegeddon tourist; a Caribbean species of aerial Termite called  The Nasutitermes corniger termite, which lives above ground, builds brown tubes up the outside walls of houses and trees and builds an aerial nest that looks similar to a large hornets next covered in brown dirt. As I looked to the top of the palapa (large Tiki Hut like structure common in Mexico) that tents one of the ruin sites we visited, I saw a huge aerial termite nest at the top of the palapa. Slowing destroying a structure covering an archeological site. Amazing!!!! I instinctively  look for termite evidence most any time I view a wooden structure, but  have never actually seen a nest since the subterranean terrors in out part of the world have under ground nests, thus the name Subterranean Termites. Check out the pictures and videos of the Tree Toppling Termites below…

Aerial Termite nest in the Caribbean

Aerial Termite nest in the Caribbean

Caribbean Termite aerial nest in top of a palapa structure covering a Mayan Ruin tomb

Caribbean Termite aerial nest in top of a palapa structure covering a Mayan Ruin tomb

  1. I have seen that type of termites. The nest is above the ground. Nice photo.

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  4. Carole Hibdige says:

    We have these termites in our house in the Caribbean – any suggestions as to how we get rid of them?

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