Skip to Main Content
Persistence of termiticides in soil inside and outside miniature concrete foundations (Isoptera)Author(s): J.E. Mulrooney; T.L. Wagner; B.M. Kard; P.D. Gerard
Source: Sociobiology, Vol. 48(1): 117-133
Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
PDF: Download Publication (2.0 MB)
DescriptionA cooperative study of termiticide longevity was initiated in 1990 between the Association of Structural Pest Control Regulatory Officials (ASPCRO), termiticide manufacturers, and the USDA Forest Service. By-the-label applications of seven termiticides were made to soil in trenches inside and outside miniature concrete foundations, and soil samples were collected at 1,30,60,120,180,240,300,360,734,1057,1420,3650, and 4380 d after application. Termiticide residues were fitted using a logistic dose-response model. Half-lives of termiticides in soil in trenches inside and outside foundations (combined data) were: chlorpyrifos, Dursban TC (1,254 d); fenvalerate, FT (488 d); cypermethrin, Demon TC (399 d); isofenfos, Pryfon 6(301 d); and permethrin, Torpedo (138 d). Laboratory bioassays conducted 12 y after initial termiticide application showed that chlorpyrifos, applied at 1.0% AI, elicited the greatest termite mortality compared with the other termiticides. Combining inside and outside trench data for each termiticide, termites penetrated to a depth of 26.0±6.3 mm through Dursban - treated soil. Fenvalerate applied at 0.5% was the most effective pyrethroid at preventing penetration, restricting termite penetration to a depth of 16.1±5.5 mm of the treated soil.
- You may send email to firstname.lastname@example.org to request a hard copy of this publication.
- (Please specify exactly which publication you are requesting and your mailing address.)
- We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
- This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
CitationMulrooney, J.E.; Wagner, T.L.; Kard, B.M.; Gerard, P.D. 2006. Persistence of termiticides in soil inside and outside miniature concrete foundations (Isoptera). Sociobiology, Vol. 48(1): 117-133
Keywordstermites, termiticide residue, termite mortality
- Persistence and efficacy of termiticides used in preconstruction treatments to soil in Mississippi
- Termite Control: Results of Testing at the U.S. Forest Service
- Historical review of termite activity at Forest Service termiticide test sites from 1971 to 2004
XML: View XML