Tuesday, 19 November 2002

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

Long-term protection of Madam John's Legacy Museum from subterranean termites using hexaflumuron in New Orleans

Ed D. Freytag1, Edgar S. Bordes1, Mark R. Gilberg2, Claudia Riegel3, and Nan-Yao Su4. (1) New Orleans Mosquito & Termite Control Board, 6601 S. Shore Harbor Boulevard, New Orleans, LA, (2) National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, NSU Box 5682, Natchitoches, LA, (3) Dow AgroSciences LLC, Professional Pest Management, 8733 siegen Lane, PMB 372, Baton Rouge, LA, (4) University of Florida, Ft. Lauderdale Research & Education Center, Department of Entomology & Nematology, 3205 College Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

A field study was initiated in July 1996 at Madam John's Legacy Museum in the historic French Quarter. The main house had extensive water and termite damage, in addition to active infestations of Coptotermes formosanus and Reticulitermes flavipes . Bucket stations and in-ground Sentricon stations were installed in planters to define termite foraging territory and estimate colony size using the triple-mark-recapture technique prior to baiting. Above-ground and in-ground stations containing 0.5% hexaflumuron termite bait were used to eliminate the termites from the structure. In-ground baiting for R. flavipes using hexaflumuron began February 1997 and by July 1997, 8.1 grams of a.i. was consumed and R. flavipes activity was no longer detected. All stations became inaccessible in November 1997 due to a major renovation project that repaired the roof and areas extensive moisture damage. Above-ground stations were attached onto the structure over C. formosanus active areas in June 1999 in the main building. By August 1999, C. formosanus consumed 28.4 grams of hexaflumuron and no further activity was detected. The site has been monitored through 2002 and no new termite activity has been detected. Trademark of Dow AgroSciences LLC

Species 1: Isoptera Rhinotermitidae Reticulitermes flavipes (eastern subterranean termite)
Species 2: Isoptera Rhinotermitidae Coptotermes formosanus (Formosan subterranean termite)
Keywords: hexaflumuron

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