Skip to Main Content
Transfer of termiticidal dust compounds and their effects on symbiotic protozoa of Reticulitermes flavipes (Kollar)Author(s): Frederick Green; Rachel A. Arango; Glenn R. Esenther
Source: IRG/WP ; 08-10661. Stockholm, Sweden : IRG Secretariat, 2008: 9 pages
Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
PDF: Download Publication (106 KB)
DescriptionDusting of termites in situ has been used as a control measure for decades; however environmental awareness of the toxicity of certain compounds now limits their use (eg arsenical dusts). Our laboratory is in the process of suppressing an isolated colony of Reticulitermes flavipes (Kollar) from a small village of 250 homes in mid-central Wisconsin (Endeavor, WI). Initial treatment of the colony involved the use of 200 Microgen bait cartridges containing 0.25% diflubenzuron. The presence of many living termites occupying bait stations throughout the season prompted the addition of various dusting compounds, such as boron, NN’naptahaloylhydroxylamine (NHA) and other dusts to aide in colony elimination. This laboratory study explores the efficacy of various insecticidal dusts to kill termites as well as to transfer the insecticide to nest mates. Mortality after primary (direct) dusting was found to occur with sodium borax, zinc borate, concrobium polymer (CP) and NHA in 7, 9, 9 and 21 days respectively. However, the ability to cause mortality to 25 un- dusted termites was impaired in the concrobium group and delayed in others. Further tests were performed to determine the mechanism of transfer by examining the survival rates of the symbiotic flagellated protists in the termite hindgut over time after dusting to determine if termiticidal dusts were killing the protozoa necessary for cellulose digestion. Possible mechanisms of mortality are discussed as well as the potential of using dusting compounds in termite treatment or eradication.
- 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.
CitationGreen, Frederick; Arango, Rachel A.; Esenther, Glenn R. 2008. Transfer of termiticidal dust compounds and their effects on symbiotic protozoa of Reticulitermes flavipes (Kollar). IRG/WP ; 08-10661. Stockholm, Sweden : IRG Secretariat, 2008: 9 pages
KeywordsReticulitermes flavipes, insecticidal dusts, symbiotic protozoa, grooming, trophallaxis, microorganisms, termites, insecticides, insect pests, insect control, insect baits, insect repellents, Protozoa, symbiosis, mortality, biocides, termite control, sodium borax, zinc borate, concrobium polymer, NHA
- Subterranean termites - their prevention and control in buildings
- Influence of a mineral insecticide particle size on bait efficacy against Reticulitermes flavipes (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae)
- Synergy of Diflubenzuron Baiting and NHA Dusting on Mortality of Reticulitermes flavipes
XML: View XML