As the carton material was washed off by the weather, only the heartwood was left standing from the ground, untouched by the termites
The researchers already knew that the heartwood of some trees contains "allelochemicals," which can act as repellents and toxicants to insects, including termites
. The question was whether or not boards of lumber contain enough of these chemicals to have a real impact against termites
Its soil is enriched by the termites
' decomposition of plant material as they go about their daily lives, and is therefore very fertile.
Robert Pringle, an assistant professor in ecology and evolutionary biology at Princeton and co-author of the Science paper, said that the unexpected function of termites
in savannas and grasslands suggests that ants, prairie dogs, gophers and other mound-building creatures could also have important roles in ecosystem health.
Thus, there is no way to guarantee the eradication of all termites
within the structure.
are usually found in subtropical countries.
This termiticide aims at the ryanodine receptor of termites
, instigating the discharge of stored calcium, subsequently causing muscle control loss, interruption in feeding, and eventually the death of the termite
(Cordova et al, 2006) (Dupont, 2010).
were manually collected using entomological forceps in both transects and quadrants.
Generally, the termites
are categorised into three major groups based on their habitat: drywood, dampwood and subterranean.
thrive in tropical climates and moist conditions, therefore, are very commonly found in Malaysia, especially among the property development in coastal, and former plantation areas.
being attacked put up a fight, and several ants are killed and injured during their raids on termite
In Pakistan termites
cause financial losses to woody structures by damaging woody material that's why termites
are of public interest.