Journal of Economic Entomology (1995) 88, 1690-1694

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Nan-Yao Su, Gregory S. Wheeler and Rudolf H. Scheffrahn (1995)
Subterranean termite (Isoptera: Rhinotermidae) penetration into sand treated at various thicknesses with termiticides
Journal of Economic Entomology 88 (6), 1690-1694
Abstract: Penetration of the Formosan subterranean termite, Coptotermes formosanus Shiraki, and eastern subterranean termite, Reticulitermes flavipes (Kollar), into sand treated with 1 of the 4 termiticides, Dursban, Biflex, Dragnet, or Prevail, at treatment thicknesses of 0.15-5 cm was studied using a laboratory bioassay. Neither termite species penetrated sand containing >100 ppm termiticide, even when the treated barrier was only 0.15 cm thick. Sand treated with 10 ppm Dursban at <0.63 cm was breached by both termite species. Sand treated with 10 ppm Dragnet or Biflex was broken through by C. formosanus only when the treatment thickness was 0.15 cm. Prevail at 10 ppm prevented penetration by both termite species. Sand treated with 1 ppm Dursban at thickness of 2.5 cm did not prevent penetration by C. formosanus. Biflex was not penetrated by R. flavipes at any concentration or thickness. C. formosanus broke through the sand treated with 1 ppm Biflex when the treatment was < 0.63 cm thick. Dursban caused higher mortality than other pyrethroid termiticides.
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Coptotermes formosanus