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Title: Behavioral response of the Formosan subterranean termite to borate-treated wood.
Authors: Campora, Cory E.
Grace, J Kenneth
Keywords: Coptotermes formosanus
disodium octaborate tetrahydrate
feeding behavior
preservative treated wood
Issue Date: Dec-2007
Publisher: Hawaiian Entomological Society
Citation: Campora CE, Grace JK. 2007. Behavioral response of the Formosan subterranean termite to borate-treated wood. Proc Hawaiian Entomol Soc 39:127-137.
Abstract: Foragers of the Formosan subterranean termite, Coptotermes formosanus
Shiraki, were allowed to tunnel in two dimensional, sand filled arenas containing
Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii [Mirb.] Franco) wafers pressure treated with
disodium octaborate tetrahydrate (DOT) to an average retention of 1.77% BAE on
one side of each arena, and untreated wafers of Douglas-fir on the other side. Arenas
were established both in the laboratory and in the field. Initial tunnel formation was
unaffected by the presence of borate-treated wood. Avoidance of borate-treated wood
developed after ca. 3–5 days. Termites did not avoid borate-treated wood as a result
of necrophobic behavior. Termite responses when the locations of the treated and
untreated wafers were switched within the arenas indicated that the delayed avoidance
was related to the location of the treated wood rather than to recognition of the
chemical treatment.
ISSN: 0073-134X
Appears in Collections:Volume 39 - December 2007 : Hawaiian Entomological Society

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