Systemic Insecticides for Control of Oriental Rat Fleas:1 Bait Tests with Hooded White Rats2

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Four systemic insecticides incorporated into the diet of hooded white rats killed all of the oriental rat fleas, Xenopsylla cheopis (Rothschild), with which the rats were infested; the fleas died without producing progeny. The lowest effective dose of each insecticide, expressed in mg insecticide eaten per kg body weight per day, was: diazinon 14.4, fenthion 4.1, mirex 6.1, and trichlorfon 38.

Four other insecticides, butonate, dimethoate, menazon, and Thiocron® (O,O-dimethyl phosphorodithioate S-ester with 2-mercapto-N- (2-methoxyethyl) acetamide), were ineffective.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 1968

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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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