Insecticide Contamination of Rooms and Equipment Used to Rear the Oriental Fruit Moth

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Parathion escaping from a Potter spray tower in a laboratory room contaminated this room and an adjoining office and shortened the usual 15-day life of caged adult oriental fruit moths, Grapholitha molesta (Busck), to 4–8 days. A spray of malathion in a greenhouse compartment contaminated screen cages with similar effects. Contamination persisted for at least 3 weeks. Washing cages in solutions of sal soda or trisodium phosphate adequately cleaned lightly contaminated cages but not those with heavier desposits of parathion. Moths dying in the contaminated cages and in others treated with known amounts of parathhion, malathion, azinphosmethyl, BanolĀ® (3,4-xylenol, 6-chloro-methylcarbamate), carbaryl, DDT, endosulfan, ImidanĀ® (O,O-dimethyl S-phthalimidomenthyl phos-phorodithioate) had swollen abdomens as a result of inflation of the crop, presumably with air Parathion produced similar symptoms in adults of the codling moth, Carpocapsa pomonella (L.), and the red-banded leaf roller, Argyrotaenia velutinana (Walker.)

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 1966

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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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