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The Effect of Heptachlor and Chlordane on the Foraging Activity of Imported Fire Ants1

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Studies have shown that the feeding activity of the imported fire ant, Solenopsis saevissima richteri Forel, on dyed baits is substantially retarded when the foraging area has been treated with granular heptachlor or chlordane. This apparent repellent effect is counteracted partially by the addition of various insecticide solvents or additives such us heavy aromatic naphtha, rosin, lubricating oil, butyl cellusolve, alkylatd polystyrenes, and Piecopale (a petroleum product). There was no apparent difference in feeding-activity in the present of heptachlor or chlordane at dosage rates of 1/16, 1/8, and1/4 Ib/acre and1/8,1/4 and 1/2 1b/acre respectively. Repellency was determined by the percentage of ants containing dye after 24 hours of foraging on I-acre plots treated with bait applied simultaneously with the granular insecticide formulations.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 1964

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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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