Termite Synthesis

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Alexys Jones-Rice 1108 Lab Proposal 1 20 September 2011 Efficiency of Wood Finishing as a Termite Deterrent Introduction One look at a blind worker termite and the word that might pop into one’s head is helpless. However, many homeowner’s are now learning that these creatures may not be so helpless; instead they are causing billions of dollars worth of damages across the globe. One study in Indonesia estimates that in 1995 termites accounted for 200 million dollars worth of structural damage to buildings and 300 million dollars in 2005. (Hadi 2010). In order to control these termite invaders, chemical repellents such as hydroquinone and inoxcarb have been used to kill destructive termite species. These chemicals are expensive, kill non…show more content…
This hypothesis is supported by what is known about termite biology. The termite that will be used is Reticulitermes flavipes of the worker class. Worker termites are the most abundant in a termite colony and primarily responsible for the foraging and collection of wood for feeding the upper termite castes. These worker termites are blind and can only perceive changes in light intensity. It is therefore assumed that any color change in the wood will not affect worker termite foraging patterns. Most importantly, however, since they are blind, the termites primarily communicate through pheromones. They follow trail pheromones to find food. This means that smell probably has a large impact on food selection and different wood finishes may change the natural smell of pine wood and deter worker…show more content…
An increase in research on finding better alternatives to the damaging, expensive chemicals today can help not just homeowners, but also other scientists that could use our data to modify commonly used household wood treatments to be an effective, but safe termite deterrent. References Ghaly, A. (2011). Termite Damage to Buildings: Nature of Attacks and Preventative Construction Methods. American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences. 4.2: 187-201. Kamiya, N, et al (2010). “Smoked Wood Resistance Against Termites”. Journal of Tropical Forest Science. 22.2: 127-132. Sunan, W. (2011). Production of wood vinegars from coconut shells and additional materialsfor control of termite workers, Odontotermes sp. and striped mealy bugs. Songklanakarin Journal of Science and Technology. 33.3: 349-354. Upadhyay, Ravi Kant, Gayatri Jaiswal, and Shoeb Ahmad. (2010). "Anti-Termite Efficacy Of Capparis Decidua And Its Combinatorial Mixtures For The Control Of Indian White Termite Odontotermes Obesus (Isoptera: Odontotermitidae) In Indian Soil." Journal Of Applied Sciences & Environmental Management 14.3:

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