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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: TERMITES: BIOLOGY, RISK ASSESSMENT AND SURVEILLANCE OF INVASIVE SPECIES Title: Tunneling behavior of the formosan subterranean termite (isoptera: rhinotermitadae) in dry soil

Author
item Cornelius, Mary

Submitted to: International Conference on Urban Pests
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: March 20, 2011
Publication Date: July 10, 2011
Citation: Cornelius, M.L. 2011. Tunneling behavior of the formosan subterranean termite (isoptera: rhinotermitadae) in dry soil. International Conference on Urban Pests. p. 175-177.

Interpretive Summary: This study examines the effect of dry soil on tunnel construction by the Formosan subterranean termite, Cptotermes formosanus. Termites did not construct tunnels in dry soil in any of the treatments. Termites only constructed tunnels in moist areas in treatments where the soil was partially moistened. This research demonstrates the importance of limiting moisture in buildings at risk for attack by subterranean termites.

Technical Abstract: This study examines the effect of dry soil on tunnel construction by the Formosan subterranean termite, Cptotermes formosanus. Termites did not construct tunnels in dry soil in any of the treatments. Termites only constructed tunnels in moist areas in treatments where the soil was partially moistened. This research demonstrates the importance of limiting moisture in buildings at risk for attack by subterranean termites.

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