Mapping Termite Genome May Lead to Safe, More Effective Pesticide

Termite InfestationMany of you are aware of termites, by either battling an infestation or knowing someone who has. They are persistent little things. Once they infest a structure, you must go to great lengths to deal with them. Most of the time, this involves a powerful pesticide that is injected by an exterminator into the soil surrounding the structure – and boom, there goes your infestation.

Such a pesticide is so strong that some researchers are concerned that the pesticide could prove harmful to humans and animals, which is why many are researching newer forms of elimination. In the article, “Purdue researcher aids termite gene mapping,” Jeremy Ervin of writes, “Now that a team of international researchers has sequenced the genome of the Nevada dampwood termite, less toxic control may not be too far behind, according to a Purdue University entomologist who collaborated on the study.”

Like all creatures, by understanding termite genes and their functions, scientists are better equipped to determine the exact effect that the pesticide has on them. This opens the door to manufacturing safer, yet still effective forms of pesticide. It is always risky putting things into the soil, especially potentially threatening things like a pesticide.

At Blue Ridge Termite & Pest Management Group, we support the efforts of scientists in their quest to break down the termite. Any new knowledge is good knowledge in our books. If you’re residing in the Charlottesville, VA area and having infestation problems, contact us today.

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