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Abstract

Current distribution of the Formosan subterranean termite and other termite species (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae, Kalotermitidae) in Louisiana.

Abstract

A statewide survey in Louisiana (USA) on the current distribution of the Formosan subterranean termite, Coptotermes formosanus, 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, R. virginicus, R. hageni and C. formosanus. The drywood termite species identified were Incisitermes snyderi, I. minor, Cryptotermes brevis and Kalotermes approximatus. 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.