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Using AE monitoring for detecting economically important species of termites in California
1991 - IRG/WP 2375
Acoustic emission (AE) monitoring was conducted on wooden samples containing three economically important species of termites in California (dampwood termite, Zootermopsis nevadensis, Western drywood termite, Incisitermes minor, and Western subterranean termite, Reticulitermes hesperus). Laboratory AE studies included varying termite species, as well as 7 day studies exploring the periodicity of termite behavior. The results from the laboratory tests revealed significant differences in AE events between species, days, and sensors used. In a second study, the distance that AE signals could be detected in 2.6 m (8 ft.) long, 52 x 102 mm² (2 by 4 in.) wooden studs was also explored for the dampwood termite. Acoustic emission signals were detectable for up to 2.2 m in wood for dampwood termites. This study is compared with other investigations exploring the feasibility of using AE to detect termites.
V R Lewis, R L Lemaster, F C Beall, D L Wood


The use of the Sentricon Termite Colony Elimination System for controlling termites in difficult control sites in Northern California
2000 - IRG/WP 00-10361
Some termite elimination trials in Northern California with the Sentricon Termite Colony Elimination System are presented - one of a large establish-ment, one of a single family residence with a long history of termite damage, one with a single family residence where other chemical treatments had repeatedly failed, and one single family residence in which the termites had not reached the house but were ever present in the surrounding yard. All treatments to date have eliminated the infestations although a couple are still under observation to confirm that the winter evaluations are valid.
D H Kistner, R J Sbragia