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Walkingsticks: An Unusual Pest on Sour Cherry

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Early in July 1959, a request was received at the Peninsular Branch Experiment Station in Door County, Wisconsin, from a cherry grower asking for a recommendation for chemical control of walkingsticks on cherry. This unusual request was further compounded by the fact that the problem was not one caused by feeding on the foliage, but one related to cherry pickers during harvest. The grower had extensive acreage in orchards and annually contracted for Jamaican labor to help harvest the fruit. The Jamaican workers were superstitious about the walkingsticks and were reluctant and sometimes even refused to work in infested orchards. Although close to harvest, the grower wanted to spray the orchards with a safe, effective, nonpersistent, insecticide, to reduce the walkingstick population and thus help quiet the fear of the pickers.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 1965

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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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