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Extension agent knowledge of wood infesting insect pests

Melsheimer Entomological Series (29): 28-34

Extension agent knowledge of wood infesting insect pests

Cooperative extension agents are frequently contacted by homeowners for information on the recognition and control of wood-infesting insects. Agents in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland [USA] were surveyed to evaluate their level of knowledge of wood-infesting insects. The survey results show that agents in these states have an adequate understanding of the biology and damage of subterranean termites [Reticulitermes spp.] and carpenter ants [Camponotus spp.]. The level of knowledge of the old house borer [Hylotrupes bajulus] is inadequate. Of the agents sampled, 41% felt that homeowners could treat their house for termites. Agents recognized that fumigation is not the only control method for old house borer and powderpost beetle infestations.

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