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Efficacy of Trelona Compressed Termite Bait for Area-wide Control of Subterranean Termites in Historic Buildings in Mobile, AL

Author(s):
Carrie Cottone, Carrie Cottone , Kyle Jordan , Bob Hickman , Claudia Riegel , Carrie Cottone
Institution(s):
City of New Orleans Mosquito and Termite Control Board, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; City of New Orleans Mosquito, Termite, and Rodent Control Board, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ; BASF, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA ; BASF, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA ; City of New Orleans Mosquito, Termite, and Rodent Control Board, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ; City of New Orleans Mosquito, Termite, and Rodent Control Board, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
The Formosan subterranean termite is a structural pest of major economic importance throughout the southeast United States. In 2017, members of New Orleans Mosquito, Termite, and Rodent Control Board were given the unique opportunity to assist the city of Mobile, AL to protect some of their historic buildings from further termite attack. We worked with local pest management professionals to install Advance Termite Bait System in-ground stations around the Exploreum Science Center and the History Museum. These buildings occupy an entire city block and have a history of termite infestation. The first three months after station installation acted as a monitoring phase, in which monitoring devices without active ingredient were introduced into the stations. During this time, stations were checked monthly for termite activity. By the end of the monitoring phase, ten stations were active with Formosan subterranean termites, Coptotermes formosanus, and one station was active with native subterranean termites, Reticulitermes sp. These colonies were delineated using microsatellite genotyping. At the end of the initial three month period, monitoring devices were replaced with two cartridges of Trelona Compressed Termite Bait containing 0.5% novaluron and the stations were checked quarterly. Within three months after baiting, we observed only three stations that contained actively foraging termites. We also observed fewer termites and reduced bait consumption within each station when compared to the same stations during the monitoring phase. Termites are actively feeding on the bait and the results of this will be presented.
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