Performance of Abamectin Bait Formulations Against German Cockroaches (Dictyoptera: Blattellidae)

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Commercial and experimental formulations of abamectin-based baits were evaluated in laboratory ,and field studies against the German cockroach, Blattella gemul1lica (L.). In continuous exposure tests with adult males, toxicity and presumably bait consumption varied with the design of the bioassay. LT50s ranged from ≍0.9 to >41 d for an aerosol gel formulation for males deprived of water for 72 h before the test and for undeprived males tested with alternative food and water, respectively. Dry formulations had lower LT50s than water containing formulations for nondeprived males. There was no difference in bait toxicity between males deprived of food or water, but in arena tests, moist formulations were preferred by mixed-stage populations of cockroaches. Powder formulations were more repellent (≍14.9%) than moist formulations (≍6.4%) in Ebeling choice boxes assays, but all abamectin formulations had positive performance indices. A powder formulation reduced cockroach trap catch in infested apartments more rapidly when applied to 50, rather than 12 sites, even when the same amount of bait was applied per apartment. When applied at ≍50 sites as a series of thin smears, an aerosol formulation provided nearly an 80% reduction in trap catch. Other abamectin formulations provided substantial, but smaller reductions in trap catch. Abamectinbased baits can reduce German cockroach populations when properly applied.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 1995

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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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