The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, May 11, 2007


Termites swarm in teachers' room

Flying termites have swarmed in the teachers' room of the Spalding Building, Carlisle School Superintendent Marie Doyle explained in a phone conversation on May 4. Spalding was built 50 years ago and the wooden windows are old and leaky. Despite caulking, the termites slip into the room by the smallest of cracks.

EPA-approved treatment

Termite treatment was applied using the Sentricon System, explained Building and Grounds Supervisor David Flannery in an e-mail. The state- and EPA-approved method uses a trap that is sunk into the ground, with "only a few grams of active ingredient on each property compared to the hundred of gallons of chemical solution used in traditional liquid chemical treatment," explains the Sentricon website. The site explains the bait is "noviflumuron," which is "an insect growth regulator." The chemical limits insect growth.

Treatment takes time

However, the material must be given time to work to reduce the population in the termite colonies, explained Flannery. The termites are still active and, once inside, fly around the teachers' room, making it unusable for meetings, lunch, or as a small classroom. Flannery is applying small amounts of cedar oil to block crawling termites until the treatment has time to work. "The real problem," explained Flannery, "is that we need two to three days of real warm weather so they can swarm, and be done with coming out where we can see them and of course upset people." Until the termites are gone, Flannery said, "We can only vacuum them up."

2007 The Carlisle Mosquito