Dr. Nicola Gallagher, Syngenta Professional Products: Termites – New Findings

Posted: January 20, 2015 in New York Pest Expo, Training
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Nicole GallagherThis was Dr. Gallagher’s first presentation at the New York Pest Expo and it was a great debut performance. She provided us with an outstanding lecture on new findings in termite behavior and a review of the termiticide development process.

Termites are present in every state. But their activity and numbers are limited based on geography, temperature and, most of all, moisture levels. The more moisture present, the greater the activity. This is why Dr. Gallagher recommends using a moisture meter for every inspection. Moisture meters showing moisture levels at 20% or greater will indicate conditions conducive to termite activity. Termites also adjust moisture levels in their environment by transporting water in sacs. Other essential inspection tools should include a flashlight, probe, knee pads, protective suit, hard hat, loupe, inspection mirror graph paper and a camera.

Today, all termiticides undergo Forest Service testing before being registered by the EPA. Prior to registration, products typically undergo 2 years of laboratory screening and 5 years of field testing at sites in Arizona, Florida, Mississippi, and South Carolina. Hundreds of products have been evaluated over the decades. Most will fail the registration process. To learn more about Forest Service termiticide testing read this publication by the Southern Research Station.

Altriset is the newest termiticide to go through the registration and testing process. Bug Off Pest Control Center has been carrying it since it was registered in New York in 2014. It is non-repellent and its unique mode of action cases muscle paralysis in insects. It is also unique in that it has no Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) requirements or signal word on the label.

According to Dr. Gallagher’s criteria for the ideal termiticide, Altriset fits the bill. It is non-repellent; it has a delayed reaction that allows foragers to return to the colony and contaminate their colleagues via trophallaxis and the grooming process; it has a low-impact profile for health and the environment; it is low-odor and allows for easy cleanup. Let us know if you need more information on this or any other Syngenta product.

Our Next Termite Training Course begins February 24. Register soon so you don’t miss out on this comprehensive training program.

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