Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
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Termite at Esfahan' Ancient Monuments
23 February 2006
(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 queen,“
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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