Preliminary laboratory and field evaluation on the performance of Rubbermite as a graded physical barrier against subterranean termite species in Australia

IRG/WP 12-10766

B M Ahmed (Shiday), J R J French

This paper describes the performance of Rubbermite as a potential graded particle barrier against two subterranean termite species of Coptotermes in laboratory and field test. The results of these bioassays suggest that Rubbermite is a viable control option against Coptotermes species in Australia, particularly against Coptotermes acinaciformis (Froggatt) and Coptotermes lacteus (Froggatt). Rubbermite and its components do maintain their intended functions for their intended life-expectancy of more than 50 years with intended levels of maintenance in the intended conditions of use as a non-toxic termite graded particle barrier. The Rubbermite graded particle barrier complies with Australian Standards and the Building Code of Australia (BCA) as an Alternative Based Performance System.

Keywords: rubbermite; termite graded particle barrier; Coptotermes acinaciformis; Coptotermes lacteus; laboratory and field evaluation; durability; BCA compliant

Conference: 12-05-06/10 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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