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Influence of Inseċticide Treatment on German Cockroach' (Dictyoptera: Blattellidae) Movement and Dispersal within Apartments

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Two similar studies were done to investigate effects of insecticide treatments on German cockroach, Blattella germanica (L.), movement and dispersal within individual units in multifamily housing. In the first study, Whitmire PT-565 Pyrethrum Insect Fogger (pyrethrins), Diazinon 4E (diazinon), Protector (permethrin), and Baygon 1.5 (propoxur) did not induce any significant changes in cockroach distribution, and rates of movement within apartments decreased. In the second study, populations treated with sublethal doses of pyrethrins and resmethrin settled to their original distribution 24 h after treatment. Results from both studies indicate that thorough insecticide applications do not significantly affect German cockroach population dispersal or movement patterns within apartments.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 1990

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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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