Details on the EntomoBiotic Termite Interceptor, Annunciator, & Inoculator (TIAI)

  

Fig. 1. Top View.

The top of the EntomoBiotic Termite Interceptor, Annunciator, & Inoculator (TIAI) projects above the ground after the device has been installed in the soil. The body is mostly submerged in the ground.

Interior components are held in place with biodegradable supports that dissolve under high-humidity conditions. These supports are stable during shipment and storage but break down after installation. This frees interior components from their mutual internal attachments, so that any subsequent termite activity inside the device will be detected.

The top is fitted with a set of annunciation/inoculation (AI) ports. The large AI port in the center covers the BRITE-EYE, a rigid cellulose post with a yellow top. A series of smaller AI ports exposes portions of a white signal ring over a flexible cellulose material surrounding the rigid post.

Each AI port is covered with stainless steel mesh. This durable mesh keeps insects out, and is sturdy enough to permit using a stiff brush to remove grass clippings, soil, and similar deposits. This mesh allows the user to pour a water/nematode mixture directly through it into the device interior.



Fig. 2. Side View showing BUGWALL sealed Ingress/Egress ports.

The hard plastic sides of the device are perforated with ingress/egress (IE) ports. These are large enough for termites to pass through, once the termites eat through the BUGWALL barrier seal. The BUGWALL barrier is made of a material that ordinary insects, including ants and most other soil-dwelling organisms, are not attracted to. To termites, however, this material is an excellent source of food. So, the moment termites find it they eat through it, getting inside the device. Once inside, they are enticed by similar food materials. Because of the BUGWALL barrier, which is a feature exclusive to the EntomoBiotic TIAI, the first organism that enters the device is always a termite.

The annunciation/inoculation (AI) ports let you know when something is going on inside the device. When the white ring drops down, or the BRITE-EYE changes appearance, a user is given a clear signal that termites have intruded. Though ants or other organisms can enter later, they do so only after termites have first breached the BUGWALL barrier.



Fig. 3. Central and Peripheral Signal/Inoculation Ports.

Not all termites behave alike, either within the same species or even the same colony. Some immediately feed on the flexible cellulose and wait until later to feed on the rigid central post. Others will feed on both at the same time.  Sometimes those feeding on the central post coat the BRITE-EYE with a thin layer of mud; others fill the entire space from the top of the post to the steel mesh with dirt.

Those feeding in the flexible cellulose (typically where the intruding termites start feeding first) quickly reduce its structural integrity and cause it to slump. As this material drops, the white signal ring falls away.

While certain of these various signs are easier to see than others, all of these disturbances produce changes detectable by an observer with ordinary visual acuity.

Any time the EntomoBiotic TIAI signals termite activity is a good time to inoculate it with EPN. A separate page, coming soon, will be devoted to EPN inoculation methods and tips.

Introduction to the EntomoBiotic Termite Interceptor, Annunciator, & Inoculator (TIAI)

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