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1 December 2012 Attraction of Alates of Cryptotermes brevis (Isoptera: Kalotermitidae) to Different Light Wavelengths in South Florida and the Azores
M. T. Ferreira, P.A.V. Borges, R. H. Scheffrahn
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Abstract

The termite Cryptotermes brevis (Walker) (Isoptera: Kalotermitidae) is an urban pest that causes much damage to wood structures. Little has been done concerning the use of control methods for alates. C. brevis is known to have phototropic behavior during the dispersal flights, and this knowledge has been applied for preventative control in the Azores where this species is a serious urban pest. We were interested in determining whether there was a light wavelength preference by the alates of C. brevis to optimize light traps against this species. Six light wavelengths were tested: 395 nm (UV), 460–555 nm (white), 470 nm (blue), 525 nm (green), 590 nm (yellow), and 625 nm (red) in choice chambers, with dark chambers as controls. Two populations were tested, one population in Florida and one population in the Azores (Terceira Island). We found consistent results for both populations, with a preference for the light wavelengths in the white, blue, and green spectrum (460–550 nm). This information can be used to build more effective light traps that can be used by home owners in the Azores to help control this pest.

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M. T. Ferreira, P.A.V. Borges, and R. H. Scheffrahn "Attraction of Alates of Cryptotermes brevis (Isoptera: Kalotermitidae) to Different Light Wavelengths in South Florida and the Azores," Journal of Economic Entomology 105(6), 2213-2215, (1 December 2012). https://doi.org/10.1603/EC12240
Received: 15 June 2012; Accepted: 25 July 2012; Published: 1 December 2012
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alate
drywood termite
light wavelength
phototropic
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