Movement of German Cockroaches (Orthoptera: Blattellidae) as Influenced by Structural Features of Low-Income Apartments

Authors: Runstrom, Erik S.; Bennett, Gary W.

Source: Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 77, Number 2, April 1984 , pp. 407-411(5)

Publisher: Entomological Society of America

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Movements of adult Blattella germanica (L.) populations were significantly influenced by structural features of low-income apartments. Plumbing connections between adjacent apartments enhanced movement. Mark-recapture studies showed that 75% of the immigrants into a given apartment were from adjacent apartments with common plumbing. Applications of chlorpyrifos + dichlorvos at the termination of the study indicated that not all insecticides. even though containing flushing agents, increase inter apartment movement. Results suggest structural modification as a means to deter movement. The degree and frequency of movement suggests that management programs be aimed at entire structures as opposed to localized areas within buildings.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 1984

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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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