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Dear All,

I have an inquiry about termites, too. We have drywood termites infested in the 
wooden beams (vertical beams and roof elements) of our new building, where we 
have moved our library and where our conservation lab and collections areas are 
(so from time to time we will have objects in those areas). Our other museum 
collections (mainly ethnographic) are in other part of the building where there 
is no wooden structure there, so I might say they are fairly safe, right now.

In addition, one of our conservators suspects that we may also have 
subterranean termites. We had a company came in and did a treatment (I am not 
sure what). It is an old building, we had renovations done and just moved in. 
We have a small Native garden next to the building, but I didn't see any 
subterranean termite tunnels there. I  only saw the drywood termites 
(red-bodied swarmers with wings of branchy veins). I found all of them dead on 
the floor of the library's cool storage room and one of them was alive caught 
in an insect trap.

To eliminate the drywood termites what would is recommended? Would using a bait 
matrix containing an insect growth regulator, hexaflumuron work on drywood 
termites like it did for subterranean termites with the Statue of Liberty (1998 
JAIC (37:3) article by Nan-Yao Su, Jamey D. Thomas, and Rudolf H. Scheffrahn)? 
Do you think it would work better than injecting those wooden beams? Any 
thoughts would help.

Özge Gençay-Üstün
Assistant Conservator

4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462
Direct: 323.495.4328

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