Tuesday, 19 November 2002

This presentation is part of : Display Presentations, Subsection Fb. Urban Entomology

Expansion of the areawide integrated pest management program for the Formosan subterranean termite in the French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Dennis R. Ring1, Alan L. Morgan1, Alan R. Lax2, Rose E. Broggi1, Chris Morel1, and Janet McAllister3. (1) Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, Extension Entomology/Environmental Sciences, P. O. Box 25100, Baton Rouge, LA, (2) Southern Regional Research Center, USDA-ARS, 1100 Robert E. Lee Boulevard, P. O. Box 19687, New Orleans, LA, (3) New Orleans Mosquito and Termite Control Board, 6601 S. Shore Harbor Blvd, New Orleans, LA

The Formosan subterranean termite, Coptotermes formosanus, is a serious pest in several parts of the world and is one of the most destructive insects in Louisiana, USA. A pilot test was begun in 1998 to determine the effectiveness of area-wide management on this insect and to reduce its densities in a 15-block area of New Orleans°¯ French Quarter. The pilot test is a cooperative effort between the LSU Agricultural Center, USDA-Agricultural Research Service and New Orleans Mosquito and Termite Control Board. Properties in a contiguous 15-block area in the French Quarter were treated using commercially available baits or non-repellent termiticides selected by property owners and applied by professional pest control operators. Alate density was sampled during the flight season in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002 using glue boards hung near lamps on street lights. Foraging activity was monitored monthly beginning in January, 1999 by determining the number of in-ground stations with termites. The program is expanding to treat 15 additional blocks. Continued treatment and monitoring are required to determine the extent of and the long term effects of the area wide management program.

Species 1: Isoptera Rhinotermitidae Coptotermes formosanus (Formosan subterranean termite)
Keywords: baits

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