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Field Tests of Thickened Sprays of Methyl Eugenol Potentially Usefulm Male-Annihilation Programs Against Oriental Fruit Flies1,2,3

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Comparison of a formulation of methyl eugenol, an attractant for male Dacus dorsalis Hendel, with 5% technical naled when soaked on small (0.25-1.32 in.3) fiber wallboard blocks was made with the same formulation when thickened with Myverol® or CAB-O-SIL® and applied as liquid drops on leaves. In replicated small-plot tests (2 g methyl eugenol per treatment site), thickened liquid treatments attracted and killed more oriental fruit flies during the first 1-2 weeks than did the formulation on fiberboard blocks. Thereafter, their performance fell below that of the blocks. Also, in unreplicated large-field tests in 1966, 1967, and 1968. thickened foliar sprays of methyl eugenol + toxicant applied aerially at 5-10 Ib/ mile2 to 8-mile2 plots reduced trap catches of males over 98%, indicating their potential usefulness in male-annihilation programs.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 1972

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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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