Laboratory Feeding Activity and Bait Preferences of Four Species of Cockroaches (Orthoptera: Blattaria)

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Feeding preferences of individual American cockroaches (Periplaneta Americana (L.)), smokybrown cockroaches (P. fuliginosa (Serville)), brownbanded cockroaches (Supella longipalpa (F.)), and Eurycotis floridana (Walker) were examined in the laboratory to test the hypothesis that dry distiller's grain is as attractive as dry cat chow, laboratory rat chow, or distiller's grain with uric acid. Except for E. floridana, females typically spent more time on baits than did males. Only the brownbanded cockroach showed a significant preference for cat chow. Data were variable for the other three species, but showed that adults readily accept dry distiller's grain. We conclude that this bait is preferable to the others for field studies of cockroach population dynamics.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 1989

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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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