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- Effects of nutrients on feeding activities of the pest termite Heterotermes tenuis (Isoptera : Rhinotermitidae)
- Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP)
- Heterotermes tenuis is a native termite of large negative impact on the Brazilian economy. Many studies have focused on optimizing the baiting method for termite control by improving its use and its efficacy. In order to maximize termite bait consumption, this study aimed to select nutrient solutions which are able to enhance termite feeding. The effects of some sugars and urea on feeding preference of the subterranean termite H. tenuis were determined by double choice feeding tests, and the consumption was evaluated by variation in dry mass of filter paper after 28 days of termite feeding. Most of the solutions tested did not significantly influence feeding of H. tenuis. Termites fed preferentially on filter paper treated with 0.03 g/ml trehalose and 0.015 g/ml urea solutions. The data indicate that trehalose and urea solutions are phagostimulants to H. tenuis, and their future use in bait matrices may increase consumption of baits and improve this control technique.
- Journal of Applied Entomology. Malden: Wiley-blackwell, v. 132, n. 6, p. 497-501, 2008.
- Heterotermes tenuis
- subterranean termite
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