CURRENT DISTRIBUTION OF THE FORMOSAN SUBTERRANEAN TERMITE AND OTHER TERMITE SPECIES (ISOPTERA: RHINOTERMITIDAE, KALOTERMITIDAE) IN LOUISIANA

  • Matthew T. Messenger
  • Nan-Yao Su
  • Rudolf H. Scheffrahn

Abstract

A statewide survey in Louisiana on the current distribution of the Formosan subterranean termite, Coptotermes formosanus Shiraki, and other termite species was conducted with 91 pest control companies, city and state agencies, and the New Orleans Mosquito and Termite Control Board from January 1999 to August 2002. A total of 812 samples were used in the survey constituting all eight known termite species from Louisiana. The subterranean termite species identified were Reticulitermes flavipes (Kollar), R. virginicus (Banks), R. hageni Banks, and C. formosanus. The drywood termite species identified were Incisitermes snyderi (Light), I. minor (Hagen), Cryptotermes brevis (Walker), and Kalotermes approximatus (Snyder). Incisitermes minor was also collected in Mississippi and is a new record in that state. The collective data on the flight season of each species was also recorded.

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Published
2002-12-01
Section
Literature Review Articles