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Developments in termite management in Queensland, Australia: Life after Cyclodienes (Isoptera)

Peters, B. C. and Fitzgerald, C. J. (2007) Developments in termite management in Queensland, Australia: Life after Cyclodienes (Isoptera). Sociobiology, 49 (3). pp. 231-250.

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The highly persistent cyclodiene (organochlorine) insecticides (aldrin, dieldrin, chlordane and heptachlor), the main termiticides used in Australia for 30 years, were withdrawn from use in most of Australia on 30 June 1995. Alternative strategies for subterranean termite management in buildings and other structures had been under development, well before this withdrawal. Here we focus on these and subsequent developments in subterranean termite management, relevant to Queensland, including a national survey, relevant building regulations, approvals and changes in the Australian Standards on termite management. Developments including a national training and competency-based-licensing system for pest managers, insurance of dwellings against termite damage and several alternative termite management strategies are discussed. An integrated approach to termite management is the likely direction for the future in Australia, minimising reliance on chemical sprays and drenches. There will be an increased need for physical barriers in improved building design and reliable preventative and remedial treatments involving bait technology. The need for research on termite biology and, in particular, foraging behavior is emphasized yet again.

Item Type:Article
Corporate Creators:Horticulture and Forestry Science
Additional Information:© Department of Biological Sciences of California State University. USA.
Keywords:Approvals; Australia; bait technology; building regulations; integrated pest management; Isoptera; standards; subterranean termites.
Subjects:Technology > Technology (General)
Science > Zoology > Invertebrates > Insects
Live Archive:20 Nov 2008 03:37
Last Modified:03 Sep 2021 16:43

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