Permatek IM 30 as a termiticide treatment for veneer-based wood products

IRG/WP 03-30325

J Doyle, K Webb, W R Rae, A F Siraa, J Malcolm-Black

Permatek IM 30 is a termiticide designed for incorporation into wood products during manufacture. Whereas existing approved products in Australia are based predominantly on synthetic pyrethroids carried in solvents, Permatek IM 30 is based on imidacloprid, a neonicotinoid insecticide. The formulation has very low mammalian toxicity, is free of VOCs, and has been successfully tested as a glueline additive for plywood and LVL made from radiata pine veneers. Field trials in northern Queensland, Australia, show that Permatek IM 30 was more effective at equivalent rates against Coptotermes acinaciformis than deltamethrin, a termiticide approved in Australia for glueline applications. It is also demonstrated that at recommended treatment rates, surface grazing of plywood panels is controlled without the need for extra treatment of the outer veneers.

Keywords: Permatek IM 30, Coptotermes acinaciformis, neonicotinoid, imidacloprid, deltamethrin, veneer, plywood, LVL, radiata pine

Conference: 03-05-18/23 Brisbane, Australia

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