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The Termite Termite

The Formosan subterranean termite is believed to have arrived in New Orleans and other Gulf Coast ports as World War II was winding down. For almost 40 years it was a nearly invisible pest, but during the past decade it has caused millions of dollars worth of damage to homes in the New Orleans area alone.

The Formosan termite is now found in portions of Mississippi as well as 13 other states including California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Hawaii. The termite is projected to spread northward in the United States to about 35 degrees latitude, approximately the border between Mississippi and Tennessee.

MSU researchers in the Department of Forest Products are evaluating the resistance of building materials to the Formosan subterranean termite. They are also evaluating the effectiveness of construction techniques in preventing infestation and evaluating the efficacies of biocides and non-biocidal control measures. Tests to be conducted

Tests to be conducted at this facility include but are not limited to field stakes, framing, siding, and panel product testing in small-scale houses, and near-ground exposure. All tests are being conducted over established colonies.

Each colony site consists of a buried colonized wood source and four trenches filled with aged wood which radiate from the colony center.

Tests conducted at the site will provide data required by building product and termiticide manufacturers, code officials, architects, contractors, and entomologists to assure that houses built in Mississippi and other areas colonized by Formosan termites will have a reasonable service life.

College of Forest Resources
Formosan Termites