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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: BIOLOGY, DETECTION, AND CONTROL OF THE FORMOSAN SUBTERRANEAN TERMITE
2011 Annual Report


1a.Objectives (from AD-416)
Goals are to establish and coordinate an inspection and treatment program using available technology (infrared (IR), microwave, sound) for detection and commercial bait systems for control of the Formosan Subterranean Termite (FST) in the French Quarter properties included in Operation Full Stop and in selected City of New Orleans buildings; determine the extent of the FST infestation in the State of Louisiana to increase knowledge of FST biology and bionomics, threat to local communities, spacial distribution, and population genetics. The specific objectives of this project are:.
1)locate and treat above-ground FST infestations in structures and infestations in trees; coordinate treatment by Pest Control Professionals; and determine success of treatment with follow-up inspections;.
2)provide an evaluation of the effectiveness of treatment with termiticides by examining selected properties after treatment for the continuing presence of termites or signs of their activity not readily visible to a trained observer;.
3)provide the public information about subterranean termite distribution, control methods, and preventative measures; and.
4)continue termite surveillance and treatments as necessary along the river levee, railroad tracks, and other open spaces in and around the French Quarter and maintain and archive specimen collections for Operation Full Stop.


1b.Approach (from AD-416)
Objective 1: Consult with ARS and ARS’ cooperator, the LSU Agricultural Center, to select properties from the French Quarter. Primary emphasis for selection of properties, green space, and trees for inspections will be their proximity to active traps, alate and in-ground stations, complaints from property owners and proposals submitted by Pest Management Professionals that recommend spot or directed treatment (especially floors above ground level). These properties will be examined both internally and externally with IR thermography and other detection technologies as determined by NOMTCB to confirm the presence or absence of termites or their activity. Inspect trees on public property and treat them with commercially available bait systems when termites are found.

Objective 2: Consult with ARS and ARS’ Cooperator, the LSU Agricultural Center to examine a sufficient number of properties for statistical analysis that are selected from all properties included in Operation Full Stop. Selected properties may be from inside and outside of the treatment zones and may include properties with continuing infestations or properties with no detectable termite active after treatment with an approved termiticide. Selected properties will be examined both internally and externally with IR thermography and other detection technologies as determined by New Orleans Mosquito and Termite Control Board (NOMTCB) to confirm the presence or absence of termites or their activity.

Objective 3: Determine the extent of the range of FST throughout Louisiana by means of light traps for alates and through survey of licenced Pest Management Professionals and Mosquito Abatement Districts. Provide instruction for FST identification and treatment to members of the Louisiana Pest Management Professional Industry and abatement district personnel. Instruction and materials provided are sanctioned by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry as part of re-certification for licensees and registered technicians.

Objective 4: Continue monitoring in open spaces (railroad, levee, parks and pavilions) in the French Quarter with in-ground stations and alate traps and when termites are found, a commercial bait system is used to control termites. Archive and collate samples of termites collected in the French Quarter and maintain a data base (File Maker Pro) of collected termite samples which are used for microsatellite analysis of DNA for determination of colony relationship and success of treatment.


3.Progress Report

New Orleans Mosquito & Termite Control Board (NOMTCB) continues to manage integral functions in support of the USDA’s French Quarter (FQ) project. We continued monitoring in-ground termite activity and alate (winged form) flight activity along the FQ riverfront in 2011. Monitoring and baiting of the termite activity from the railroad tracks, parks, planters, and trees along the riverfront remains one of the primary examples of the continued success of the FQ project. In 2009-2010, the termite activity was less than 5%, so all auxiliary stations were removed from the railroad and from the planters located on the levee. The site has maintained an overall 95% reduction in the termite activity compared to pretreatment levels. In-ground baited stations were re-installed in 2009-10 around Flea Market portion of the French Market after completed renovation. FST bait stations are monitored each month. A long-term monitoring/baiting program was to continue at the site to maintain the termite pressure at low levels. Our group continues to conduct inspections of properties in the FQ. Although a majority of Infrared (IR) inspections are negative, termite activity was identified at multiple locations in 2009. Cooperation with pest management professionals and follow-up inspections by NOMTCB personnel have resulted in the eventual elimination of all detectable activity in each case. Our inspectors also take on the worst case sites to remediate the infestations. Solar-powered light traps and sticky traps were used to survey for FST populations throughout Louisiana during 2010 and 2011 flight seasons. Active searches of stumps/trees, landscape timbers, commercial buildings, private residences, etc. were also conducted. FST was verified in three previously unconfirmed Louisiana parishes. Voucher specimens from each of these parishes have been placed in the City of NOMTCB’s collection. In 2009, NOMTCB initiated efforts to identify areas in the FQ that may have escaped termite treatment. Termite bait stations were installed and termites were treated in the heavily infested Cabrini Dog Park located in the 900 block of Barracks Street. The site now has only one active tree. More information regarding progress related to this project can be found by clicking the annual report link at www.nomtcb.com. Progress in this project is monitored through Annual FST Technical Committee Meetings, reports, regular meetings with cooperators, routine phone calls, and e-mail correspondence.


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