Carbon Disulphide as a Control for Wireworms

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The results of several seasons' work with carbon disulphide as a soil fumigant against wireworms are reported. All the experimental work was done out of doors in the infested fields. Data are presented to show that carbon disulphide can be used as a practical and efficient control for wireworms in the soil under certain conditions. These conditions are a loose, damp soil, a diffusion distance of 17 inches or less, and a dose of at least 1 ounce. A good kill of wireworms was obtained by placing 1-fluid-ounce doses of carbon disulphide in holes 4 inches deep and 18 inches apart, and fair control was obtained by spacing the same dose 24 inches apart. Whether the difference in kill justifies the increased cost of the applications 18 inches apart is for the individual to decide. For the best diffusion of the carbon disulphide in the surface layer of soil, the soil should be prepared by plowing.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 1932

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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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