Candidate Attractants for Control of the Mediterranean Fruit Fly1,2

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Seventy-five chemicals were evaluated as potential attractants for controlling the Mediterranean fruit fly (medlly), Ceratitis capitata (Wiedemann). Many of the compounds are related to siglure, medlure, and trimedlure, which are highly effective medlure lures, and many are new compounds. Attractants to be effective in the control of insect pests may have properties different from those needed for detection purposes. For example, they must be compatible with an added insect control agent and allow contact or consumption of the lure-pesticide combination. Also, intensity and duration of effectiveness are important, especially when the attractant is exposed to weathering. Cost of production must also be considered. Of the compounds tested the 1,1-dimethylacetonyl, cyclopentyl, 2-bromethyl, and 2-chloroethyl esters of siglure acid were the most promising.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 1967

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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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