Termites Modify Building Codes

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Forty-two species of termites are widely distributed throughout the United States and, due to the fact that the untreated woodwork of buildings is often directly in contact with the ground, termite damage to buildings throughout Eastern United States, the Gulf States, Southwest, Central West and Pacific Coast is serious. The only effective permanent preventive and remedy is the proper construction of buildings. Insulation of all untreated woodwork from contact with the ground and termite shields will protect against subterranean termites, whereas against the nonsubterranean termites the interior woodwork and furniture must be impregnated with chemical preservatives. In Honolulu, Hawaii, a million dollars is the annual damage to buildings done by termites. This city has recently adopted a building code containing 14 points relating to termite control; 80% of the frame buildings in New Orleans have been damaged by termites and 50% of the business buildings at Pasadena, Calif., some dangerously. Slightly modified building codes for the entire west coast, from Seattle to San Diego, are being considered. The aim of the Bureau of Entomology is standardized, uniform, modified building codes for all the regions where termite damage is serious.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 1927

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  • Journal of Economic Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture & social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance. In addition to research papers, Journal of Economic Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, Rapid Communications, and Book Reviews.
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