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Comparative Toxicity of Fluorinated Lipids and Their Evaluation as Bait-Block Toxicants for the Control of Reticulitermes spp. (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae)

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w-Fluoroalkyl- and w-fluoroacyl-containing lipids were evaluated as potential delayed action toxicants for the bait block method of subterranean tennite control. Studies of metabolism of the parent compounds and of a set of glycerol and cholesterol derivatives showed that both w-fluoroalkyl and w-fluoroacyl moieties are readily removed and catabolized in vivo, provided that at least one ester function is also present in the substrate. The extension of the tests from a simple petri dish assay to simulated field trials using vacuum-impregnated bait blocks suggested that the long-delay time materials may not be as effective as chemicals which were attractive, more toxic, and had delay times of only 12 to 24 h.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 1983

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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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