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Tackling Termite at Esfahan' Ancient Monuments


23 February 2006




naghshe-jahan2.jpg (71918 bytes)LONDON, (CAIS) -- Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) and an affiliated research centre are conducting a campaign to wipe out the termites threatening historical buildings and monuments in Esfahan.

According to the Persian daily Iran, the termites whose numbers are growing rapidly pose a grave threat to age-old structures in the historical city.

An ICHTO expert in Esfahan, Mohammad Hossein Jalilfar said that a termite can lay up to 35 million eggs and can smell wood from a distance of 15 kilometres.

“Campaign against termite needs expertise and we opted for using pesticide which should reach queen termites. In order to reach the queen, we know that termite workers always take the best food to the queen. So, we use a kind of pesticide the effect of which will last until it gets to the queen and function after reaching the Termite.gif (26473 bytes)queen,“ he said.

Jalilfar said that a scientist Ali Asghar Masoumi had conducted lab tests at Esfahan University and ICHTO Research Centre on effective ways to combat termites and his method was used in Esfahan buildings.

He added that reproduction of termite is dangerous and they must be totally eradicated. “If only two termites remain after the operation, one of them will transform into female and begin reproduction,“ he warned.









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