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Recent Developments in Strawberry Root Weevil Control

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The Strawberry Root Weevil (Brachyrinus ovatus L.) is the most serious pest of strawberries on the Pacific Coast. The history of past efforts to arrive at a satisfactory method of control is reviewed. Previous methods suggested by different workers have been cultural methods, including suitable crop rotation and the use of weevil proof barriers. The most recent method is by the use of poisoned bait, consisting of chopped evaporated apple waste. The poisons used may be Sodium fluosilicate, Magnesium arsenate, Calcium arsenate, and Sodium fluoride. All these have been found effective but in the experimental work at Victoria, Sodium fluosilicate was found the most satisfactory. Apple waste containing approximately 20 per cent moisture was found more attractive than super dried bait and Sodium fluosilicate was found the most suitable poison to use with waste containing that degree of moisture. A strength of 5 per cent of poison was found to give the best results. Two applications of the bait are recommended, the first in April and the second in June.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 1927

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  • 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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