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PestNet is a network that helps people worldwide obtain rapid advice and information on crop protection, including the identification and management of plant pests. It started in 1999. Anyone with an interest in plant protection is welcome to join. PestNet is free and is moderated, ensuring that messages are confined to plant protection.
Pests > Pest Management > Chemical control > Synthetic pesticides > Insecticides > Fipronil > Termite, house eating, West New Britain, PNG
September 2011. Termites are eating the house of a member from PNG. The questions were, what is it, and is Termidor (fipronil) the chemcial to use to manage the pest as it is taken back to the nest.
A member wrote:
The termites look like Coptotermes sp. To identify to species requires detailed measurements of a series (at least 5) soldiers and/or DNA techniques.
Theodore Evans, National University of Singapore, is currently revising the Coptotermes genus. He is keen to get specimens of Coptotermes from the Pacific and would welcome a sample of this species, or any others that PestNet members would like to send.
Regarding control, Termidor?? would be a good choice. It gets carried by the termites back to the nest. BASF have recently also brought out a dust formulation which can be dusted into galleries. The label gives a range of methods for protecting houses or for treating nests.