Control of Northern Fowl Mite in Community Wire Cages with Malathion in Special Dust-Bath-Boxes1

Authors: RODRIGUEZ JR., J. L.; RIEHL, L. A.

Source: Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 53, Number 5, October 1960 , pp. 701-704(4)

Publisher: Entomological Society of America

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The northern fowl mite, Ornithonhussus sglviarum (C.& F.), on hens in community wire cages was controlled effectively by putting a dust-bath-box (18X12X6 inches deep) charged with 5 pounds of 4% malathion dust in a cage for 14 days. The hens were free of mites for 6 weeks thereafter. In comparison the control program of the ranch consisted of a genera] spray application each 30 days. The results suggested adaptation of the method to a program of spot-treating only the cages where mites were found on the eggs. Data on the percentages of cages requiring spot-treatment each week for a period of 47 weeks arc discussed. The evidence offers several reasons to recommend spot-treatment with dust-bath-boxes charged with 4% malathion dust as It method of choice for controlling the northern fowl mite on chickens in community wire cages. Additional trials conducted to determine dosage efficiency showed that 1 pound of 4% malathion dust per box pCI'30 hens was optimum for mite control. In these trials reducing the depth of the box to S inches improved its acceptance by the hens and eliminated any problem of eggs laid in the dust-bath-box.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 1960

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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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