Special Issue "Pest Management of Termites"

A special issue of Insects (ISSN 2075-4450).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Mark E. Mankowski
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Guest Editor
Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Lab, Durability and Wood Protection, Forest Products Laboratory, Starkville, MS 39759, USA
Interests: termite biology ecology; nutrient cycling; wood protection; chemical ecology; Saproxylic insects
Dr. Brian T. Forschler
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Co-Guest Editor
Department of Entomology, University of Georgia, 413 Biological Sciences Building, Athens, GA 30602-2603, USA
Interests: termite behavior; field efficacy of termite baits; new chemistries for novel termite control tactics; determination of subterranean termite social structure using agonism; morphological characters; cuticular hydrocarbon analysis and genetic markers
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The majority of the world’s 3,000 termite species play an important role in ecosystem services as they breakdown cellulosic material contributing to nutrient cycling.  However, approximately 80 species are considered pests causing severe damage to wood in service.  Annual global economic impact of pest termites is estimated at 40 billion dollars.  This estimate can be attributed primarily to two termite groups, subterranean and drywood termites with subterranean termites accounting for 80% of this amount.  Termite pest management action plans generally consider attributes and architecture of a structure as well as substrate preference and foraging characteristics of the pest species. Subterranean termite management relies on the use of soil insecticide or physical barriers, treated wood in construction, and area-wide strategies employing baiting systems.  Drywood termite management involves use of wood removal/replacement, injection or surface applications to wood as localized interventions as well as treated wood or fumigation for structure-wide control.  Due to the cryptic nature of termites, pest management can be challenging even as new technologies for detection and maintaining termite-free construction are introduced. 

This special issue welcomes relevant research articles and review papers that focus on and enhance our understanding of termite pest management.  Researchers in this or related study areas are invited to submit manuscripts for this issue.


Dr. Brian T. Forschler
Dr. Mark E. Mankowski
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • termites
  • termite management and control
  • pest management
  • detection
  • wood protection
  • baits
  • soil treatment
  • Barriers

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Investigation of Termite Attack on Cultural Heritage Buildings: A Case Study in Aceh Province, Indonesia
Insects 2020, 11(6), 385; https://doi.org/10.3390/insects11060385 - 22 Jun 2020
Abstract
Surveys of the conditions of termite attack were conducted in two regencies, Pidie and Greater Aceh, Aceh Province, Indonesia (40 houses in each location). Interviews were also conducted with home owners to collect data on the building history; culture, such as daily life [...] Read more.
Surveys of the conditions of termite attack were conducted in two regencies, Pidie and Greater Aceh, Aceh Province, Indonesia (40 houses in each location). Interviews were also conducted with home owners to collect data on the building history; culture, such as daily life in the house; the frequency and intensity of termite attacks; and traditional knowledge for avoiding and/or suppressing termite attacks. We found that 51% of traditional houses were infested by two termite species: Coptotermes gestroi and Nasutitermes matangensis. The lower parts of traditional houses were frequently attacked and severely damaged by termites. Previous land use and the ages of the traditional houses affected the intensity of the termite attacks. Several measures for avoiding and/or suppressing termite attacks on cultural heritage buildings are also proposed. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Pest Management of Termites)
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