Termites are of great interest to both entomologists and those concerned with pest management. On the one hand their complex social systems and nest building make them fascinating for students of insect behaviour, while on the other they are major pests of crops and buildings in the tropics and subtropics. This book provides a general scientific introduction to the termites, including their biology, behaviour, pest status and control. Commonly used ecological and laboratory techniques are described in appendices. There has been no such general book published for many years and so this title will fill a definite gap in the market. It is aimed at advanced students of entomology and pest management, as well as professionals concerned with urban and agricultural pest control.
1: Termites as Insects 2: What is a termite? 3: Evolution 4: Relationship to cockroaches 5: Castes of termites 6: Classification of termites 7: Distribution 8: World distribution 9: Pest distribution 10: Factors affecting distribution 11: Termite Biology and Behaviour 12: Communication 13: Feeding 14: Water requirements 15: Defence 16: Foraging 17: Nest building 19: Nest Systems 20: Nest types 21: Termitophiles 22: Termite Ecology 23: Soil type 24: Vegetation types 25: Benefits to the environment 26: Environmental factors 27: Predators and parasites 28: Other uses of Termites 29: Termites as Pests 30: Food preferences 31: Damage recognition and detection 32: Damage assessment 33: Control Methods 34: Chemical control 35: Physical and cultural control 36: Biological control 37: Safety 38: Future control 39: Appendices 40: Index