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Resistance of Six Wood Products Used in Paneling to Reticulitermes flavipes (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae)Author(s): Bradford M. Kard; E.J. Mallette
Source: J. Econ. Entomol. 90(1): 178-182
Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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DescriptionSix wood products used in wall paneling were tested for resistance to feeding damage by the eastern subterranean termite, Reticuli termesflavipes (Kollar). Alaska-cedar, Chamaecyparis nootkatensis (D. Don) Spach, fiber without wax and resin treatments normally used in paneling production was not a preferred food source in choice tests where all 6 wood products plus pine, Pinus palustris Mill., were simultaneously provided. However, the same nontreated Alaska-cedar fiber sustained severe damage when provided as the only food source in no-choice tests. Nontreated fiber of western hemlock, Tsuguheterophylla (Raf.) Sarg., and hardboard and hardboard paneling made from a mixture of western hemlock and Douglas-fir, Pseudotsugu menziesii (Mirb.) Franco,sustained significant feeding damage in both choice and no-choice feeding tests. Pressed paneling mats made from Alaska-cedar or western hemlock exhibited antifeedant properties. Waxes, resins, and additives used in manufacturing these mats imparted resistance to R. flavipes.
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CitationKard, Bradford M.; Mallette, E.J. 1997. Resistance of Six Wood Products Used in Paneling to Reticulitermes flavipes (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae). J. Econ. Entomol. 90(1): 178-182
KeywordsReticulitermes flavipes, antitermitic, termite, wood paneling
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