Feasibility Study of Area-wide Pheromone Trapping of Male Pink Bollworm Moths in a Cotton Insect Pest Management Program

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An early season, area-wide gossyplure mass-trapping demonstration program for suppression of adult male pink bollworm (PBW), Pectinophora gossypiella (Saunders), in cotton was conducted for 3 yr (1975–77) on 90% of the cotton grown in the Safford area of southeastern Arizona. The grower-financed project included 3085 ha in 1975, 3238 ha in 1976, and 6287 ha in 1977. Seasonal PBW larval infestations per field averaged 1.90% for the 3-yr mass trapping project, compared to a 4.18% avg infestation for the 3 yr immediately preceding the project. The lower PBW infestations in cotton in the absence of any change in fall cultural practices or abnormal weather changes either before or after the program began indicate that the early season, mass trapping technique has potential as a tool in paw pest management programs.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 1979

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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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