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Bennett, Gary W., J.M., Owens and R.M. Corrigan. 1997. Truman’s Scientific Guide to Pest Control Operations. pp. 145-168. Advanstar Communications. Cleveland, Ohio.

Messenger, M.T. 2002. The termite species of Louisiana: an identification guide.  New Orleans Mosquito & Termite Control Board Bulletin No. 01-01. 12 pp.

Parman, V., and E.L. Vargo, 2008. Population density, species abundance, and breeding structure of subterranean termite colonies in and around infested houses in central North Carolina. J. Econ. Entomol. 101(4): pp 1349 - 1359.

Potter, M. F, 2004, Termites, pp. 217 - 361. in A. Mallis, S. Hedges and D. Moreland, eds., Handbook of Pest Control, ninth ed. GIE Media, Inc.

Rust M., and N-Y Su. 2012. Managing social insects of urban importance. Annual Review of Entomology 57: 355 - 375.

Shelton, T., D. Fye, M. Mankowski, and J. Tang. 2016. Termite testing continues: the USFS presents its annual termiticide report for 2015.  Pest Management Professional, Apr. 2016: 52 - 70.

Thorne, B. L. 1998. Biology of subterranean termites of the genus Reticulitermes. pp. 1-30. in  NPCA Research Report on Subterranean Termites. NPCA, Dunn Loring, VA.

Vargo, E. L. 2003. Genetic structure of Reticulitermes flavipes and R. virginicus (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) colonies in an urban habitat and tracking of colonies following treatment with hexaflumuron bait. Environmental Entomology 32: 1271-1282.

Vargo, E. L., T. R. Juba and C. J. DeHeer. 2006. Relative abundance and comparative colony breeding structure in subterranean termites (Reticulitermes flavipes, R. virginicus, R. hageni, and Coptotermes formosanus) in a South Carolina low country site as revealed with molecular markers. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 99: 1101 - 1109.

Vargo, E. L., and C. Husseneder. 2009. The biology of subterranean termites: insights from molecular studies on Reticulitermes and Coptotermes. Annual Review of Entomology 54: 379 - 403.

Dr. Blake Layton, Extension Entomology Specialist
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Termites swarming on this decaying tree stump are a healthy part of nature, but homeowners must take steps to make sure they do not infest houses. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Linda Breazeale)
Filed Under: Household Insects, Termites, Insects-Pests June 7, 2017

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The Mississippi State University Extension Service judged that the most economically important insects in the state should have their own website.

The site,, is the go-to place for information on termite biology, identification and control. The site describes the different species of termites found in the state and provides answers to common questions about the pests.


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