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Fungi for termite control
    #12720428 - 06/10/10 02:38 PM (8 years, 12 days ago)

Hey folks not sure if this is the right spot to ask this but didn't see any other areas that fit exactly.

My landlords want to knock back the termite population in my house.  I haven't seen signs of any infestations but I'm hardly an expert and anyway it's their house.  They are talking about doing a poison tent thing and filling the place with poison even though from everything I've read that kind of thing is really ineffective against subterranean pests.  I don't like the idea of my living space and everything I own getting covered in poison.  I know the EPA etc says a little poison is OK but it really doesn't seem like a smart idea to me.

So my question.  I know some mushroom species (Cordyceps?) are parasitic to insects and I saw Stamets' Ted talk where he said he used a mycelium isolate to take out a termite infestation.  Is anyone aware of any products that have been developed on these lines?  The idea makes sense to me I'm just not sure if a layperson like me has any chance of actually implementing such a thing or if it's only accessible right now to the experts.  My landlords are definitely open to more natural solutions to the problem especially if they will work better than indiscriminate application of pesticides.

I found this thread:

That mentions a "special bug machine in Stamet's equipment catalog" but I can't find anything like this on his site.

Thanks for any info!


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Re: Fungi for termite control [Re: MonkeyKnifeFight]
    #17269131 - 11/23/12 03:46 PM (5 years, 6 months ago)


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Re: Fungi for termite control [Re: Tamisone]
    #17269942 - 11/23/12 06:49 PM (5 years, 6 months ago)

Do It Yourself Termite Control Products & Treatment

I use Termidor which controls all types of termites including subterranean, formosan, and drywood termites.

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Re: Fungi for termite control [Re: OICU812]
    #17271597 - 11/24/12 12:50 AM (5 years, 6 months ago)

Sorry MonkeyKnifeFight,
there isn't any special bug machine stamets offers.
He apparently is trying to develop insect control means using entomopathegenic fungi, but has yet come out with a viable product.

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Re: Fungi for termite control [Re: pseudotsuga]
    #17272667 - 11/24/12 09:59 AM (5 years, 6 months ago)

I have been collecting live and dead termites/insects.

Keep and observe them in 6ml bottles.

Have 3 promising samples, will test against termites/ants.

Then maybe try isolation.

Have been a bit busy so it's been on the shelf for a while.

By the way, this thread is 2 and a half years old,

but still it is something I'm passionate about.

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