Laboratory Evaluations of Various Residual Sprays for the Control of Cheese Mites 1

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A number of chemicals were evaluated in the laboratory to determine their effectiveness at various temperatures in the control of several species of mites, the major pests of cheese held in storage for prolonged periods of time. Lindane, Diazinon, and synergized pyrethrins appear to be the most promising acaricides tested to date for the prevention of cheese contamination and damage. In general, most of the chemicals tested appeared to be the least effective at the lower temperatures. However, the low temperatures tended to delay somewhat the decrease in the effectiveness of the residual toxicity due to aging. The several species of mites used in this study exhibited varying resistance to acaricides.

Further studies on the possibility of harmful residues or off- flavors occurring if acaricides arc used in dose proximity to stored cheese must be conducted before final recommendations can be made.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 1959

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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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