Subterranean termite, Reticulitermes flavipes, colony behavior and population dynamic changes under conditions of exposure to chitin synthesis inhibitor bait
Type of DegreeMaster's Thesis
Entomology and Plant Pathology
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This thesis entitled, “Subterranean termite, Reticulitermes flavipes, colony behavior and population dynamic changes under conditions of exposure to chitin synthesis inhibitor bait”, explores key components involved in termiticide baiting success on a colony scale. My thesis incorporates a literature review on subterranean termites, Reticulitermes flavipes, population dynamics, life system requirements, as well as current termiticide control methods. The literature review is followed by my two research experiments, “Impacts of Nile Blue A Internal-Stain Marking on Eastern subterranean termite, Reticulitermes flavipe”, and “Video Analysis of Termite Colony, Reticulitermes flavipes, Throughout Exposure to Trelona Termiticide Bait”. The first experiment investigates the potential for using biological stain, Nile Blue A, as a marking tool for colony studies involving Reticulitermes flavipes and chitin synthesis inhibitor bait products; While the second study analyzes Reticulitermes flavipes colonies under video surveillance while being exposed to Trelona (AI: Novaluron) termiticide bait and Nile Blue A biological stain. Many behaviors and observations critical to termiticide baiting success were documented and recorded for the first time at a colony level. My thesis explores and expands our knowledge of the specific interactions involved between subterranean termites and termiticide baits, through biological staining and contemporary video technology.