Spring Destruction of Overwintered Boll Weevils In West Texas with Wing Traps
Authors: Boyd, F. J.; Brazzel, J. H.; Helms, W. F.; Moritz, R. J.; Edwards, R. R.
Source: Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 66, Number 2, 16 April 1973 , pp. 507-510(4)
Publisher: Entomological Society of America
Abstract:A large-scale trapping experiment was conducted on 75,000 acres of cotton in the rolling plains area of west Texas to determine if the wing trap baited with live male Anthonomus grandis Boheman would be effective and feasible for use in large-area boll weevil suppression programs. Wing traps were situated in or near the hibernation quarters around each cotton field in the area. Use of live male boll weevils as the trap lure was considered to be impractical when compared with the use of a synthetic lure, but still feasible for use in a large-scale suppression program.The peak emergence period of emerging overwintered boll weevils, as determined by trap data, occurred from late May to late June. Trap data indicated that boll weevil hibernation was rather localized in the best hibernation sites available around or near any particular field. The number of cotton fields found infested with boll weevils prior to September showed that the wing traps were effective in capturing emerging overwintered weevils.Attempts at growing aldicarb-treated trap rows of cotton were impractical under the climatic conditions of west Texas and therefore were abandoned.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 1973-04-16
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