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Army of Termites Attacks the Alamo

March 5, 2003

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP) _ The Alamo is under siege again.

This time the attackers are armies of termites which have taken a liking to wood beams and wood that surround windows and doors.

Fortunately, most of the landmark in downtown San Antonio is stone.

After a particularly bad summer last year, a state-of-the-art termite extermination system has been installed.

Hundreds of monitoring systems have been placed underground around the old mission. Tubes filled with pieces of wood are to be monitored monthly to check for termite activity. Once termites are detected, the tubes will be filled with poisoned bait for the insects to carry back to their colony.

The same termite control system is being used at the Statue of Liberty, the White House and the state Capitol.

The Alamo is the historic Spanish mission famous for a battle between Texas revolutionaries and Mexico in 1836.

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