Slug and Snail Control with Experimental Poison Baits1

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Metaldehyde, a long-established specific molluscicide for land slug and snail control, is not satisfactory under moist weather conditions. The search for a more effective molluscicide has resulted in a laboratory screening technique, simulating natural conditions, by which experimental baits are presented to various species of land molluses. The brown garden snail, Helix aspersaMuller and the European black slug Arion ater (L.), are laboratory reared for the tests, while other species are field collected in season. five experimental carbamate materials have shown outstanding activity against land molluses to date: Bay 37344 (4- (methylthio) -3,5-xylyl methylcarbamate), UC 20047A (Tranid® (exo- (5-chloro-6-oxoendo 2-norbornanecarbonitrile 0- (methylcarbamoyl) oxide), EP-332 (m [[ (dimethyl amino) methylene]amino] phenyl methylcarbamate hydrochloride) , EP-316 (m-cym-5-yl methyicarbamate), and IN -1179 (methyl N-[ (methyicarbamoyl) oxy] thioacetimidate). All established chlorinated hydrocarbon and organophosphate pesticides tested have shown little or no toxicity to slugs and snails.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 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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