Integrated Control Program for German Cockroaches (Dictyoptera: Blattellidae) in Multiple-unit Dwellings

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The German cockroach, Blattella germanica (L.), control program described here was designed to reduce the impact of resistance, poor sanitation, and ineffective application technique. The components of the program were 1) surveys of the cockroach infestation level, and the attitudes of the target audience; 2) an insecticide resistance profile of the pest population; 3) an educational program; 4) a training program for management and pest control personnel; 5) specific control strategies; and 6) an evaluation of the program. The control program was field tested in Norfolk, Va., with the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority. Among the evidence for the decline in serious cockroach problems was the amount of money spent by residents for cockroach control. In 1982, residents spent an average of 68.00; this decreased to 44.00 in 1983. In 1982 the majority (57%) of residents mentioned insecticides as the best cockroach-control method, and only 16% mentioned cleanliness. In 1983, only 38% of residents mentioned insecticides as the best control method; 28% thought cleanliness was the best method. The data from the profile of insecticide resistance indicated that the most acceptable and effective insecticide would be an organophosphate.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 1985

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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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