Imported Fire Ant Toxic Bait Studies: Evaluation of Toxicants1

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Test methods were developed by which it is possible to evaluate quickly large numbers of chemicals for their potential as delayed-action ant bait toxicants. From these tests it has been determined that an effective toxicant must exhibit delayed action over a wide dosage range (preferably 100-fold or greater, be readily transferred from one ant to another and not be repellent to the ants when incorporated in a bait. Laboratory and field test data with 4 toxicants are presented. Mirex was the only toxicant which fulfilled these requirements. KeponeĀ® (decachlor-ooctahydro - 1,3,4 -metheno-2H -cyclobu tal [cd] pentalen -2 -one and HRS-1243 (1,la,3,3a,4,5,5,5a,5b,6.decachloro-2- (2,3-dehydroxypropoxy) octahydro -1,3,4- metheno-2H-cyclobuta [cd] pentalen-2-ol) were the next most effective toxicants.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 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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