Journal of Economic Entomology (2018) 111, 1806-1812

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Nan-Yao Su, Barry Yokum, Aaron Mullins, Ed Bordes, Carrie Cottone and Claudia Riegel (2018)
Field evaluations of fluid baits against colonies of the Formosan subterranean termite (Blattodea:Rhinotermitidae)
Journal of Economic Entomology 111 (4), 1806-1812
Abstract: Fluid baits comprised of 10% dry medium (impregnated with 0.5% hexaflumuron) and 90% methylcel solution were injected into foraging galleries of the Formosan subterranean termite, Coptotermes formosanus Shiraki (Blattodea: Rhinotermitidae), in trees and buildings. Elimination times at two of the six baited sites were longer than expected, possibly due to the application disturbance or the presence of an old and declining colony, but fluid bait treatments eliminated all baited colonies. Fluid baits were injected through drill holes behind infested wood surface, and bypassed the difficulties for installing above-ground (AG) bait stations on uneven surface or at tight corners. Because a large quantity of fluid baits could be applied at once, termite control professionals may be able to avoid revisiting the site to add more baits. The absence of unsightly AG station in a house will also make fluid baits more acceptable to homeowners than AG baits. Currently, local applications of liquid termiticides are common practices because termite control professionals are often urged by homeowners to take remedial actions when termites are found in a house, but such treatments only drive termites away from the active loci without affecting the termite colony(s). Remedial treatments with fluid baits would result in immediate bait consumption and shorten colony elimination time with or without the use of in-ground baiting systems. Introduction of fluid baits will add another tool to the termite control industry and will make it more plausible for the homeowners to accept baiting technology.
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control - general

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Coptotermes formosanus