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Title: Resistance of Six Wood Products Used in Paneling to Reticulitermes flavipes (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae)

Author: Kard, Bradford M.; Mallette, E.J.;

Date: 1997

Source: J. Econ. Entomol. 90(1): 178-182

Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication

Description: Six wood products used in wall paneling were tested for resistance to feeding damage by the eastern subterranean termite, Reticuli termesflavipes (Kollar). Alaska-cedar, Chamaecyparis nootkatensis (D. Don) Spach, fiber without wax and resin treatments normally used in paneling production was not a preferred food source in choice tests where all 6 wood products plus pine, Pinus palustris Mill., were simultaneously provided. However, the same nontreated Alaska-cedar fiber sustained severe damage when provided as the only food source in no-choice tests. Nontreated fiber of western hemlock, Tsuguheterophylla (Raf.) Sarg., and hardboard and hardboard paneling made from a mixture of western hemlock and Douglas-fir, Pseudotsugu menziesii (Mirb.) Franco,sustained significant feeding damage in both choice and no-choice feeding tests. Pressed paneling mats made from Alaska-cedar or western hemlock exhibited antifeedant properties. Waxes, resins, and additives used in manufacturing these mats imparted resistance to R. flavipes.

Keywords: Reticulitermes flavipes, antitermitic, termite, wood paneling

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Kard, Bradford M.; Mallette, E.J. 1997. Resistance of Six Wood Products Used in Paneling to Reticulitermes flavipes (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae). J. Econ. Entomol. 90(1): 178-182


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