The Garden Centipede, Scutigerella Immaculata (Newport), a Pest of Economic Importance in the West
Author: WYMORE, F. H.
Source: Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 17, Number 5, October 1924 , pp. 520-526(7)
Publisher: Entomological Society of America
Abstract:The garden centipede, Scutigerella immaculate (Newport), is found widely distributed throughout the world and has been studied by zoologists for many years in relation to the supposedly ancestral characters of insects, chilopods and diplopods. In recent years it has been considered by economic entomologists of California, Oregon and Utah as among the most important and destructive pests in many truck crop sections of these States. In California it is particularly destructive to asparagus shoots and seedlings of beans, peas, melons, etc., the injury being due to the pest's eating numerous small holes in the host. All stages in the life history of the little animals have been found in the intensively cultivated asparagus fields.
Para dichlorobenzene and calcium cyanide as soil fumigants have given encouraging results in controlling the symphylid and other soil pests and more extensive experiments with these chemicals are in progress. In the asparagus fields of the Delta region of the Sacramento River, flooding has proven quite practical as a control in several cases. Best results from flooding have been obtained where the fields were kept thoroughly and continuously covered to a depth of a foot or more for from two to three weeks.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: October 1924
- Journal of Economic Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture & social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance. In addition to research papers, Journal of Economic Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, Rapid Communications, and Book Reviews.
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