Suppression of Saratoga Spittlebug with Helicopter Application of Low- and High-Volume Malathion


Source: Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 59, Number 6, December 1966 , pp. 1456-1458(3)

Publisher: Entomological Society of America

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The Saratoga spittlebug, Aphrophora saratogensis (Fitch), is a destructive pest in pine plantations. The recommended control by aircraft, 1 lb DDT per acre, has certain undesirable characteristics. Malathion was recently found to be an effective substitute for DDT, when applied with a mist blower. Since mist blowers are impractical over large acreages, the application of malathion with a helicopter was tested. Both low- and high-volume dosages were tested. Adult spittlebug population estimates were made before and after treatment. One lb malathion per gal per acre and 10 fluid oz malathion per acre (low vol.) both gave more than 97% suppression. The latter was the most economical effective treatment.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 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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