Effects of an Application of Granular Carbaryl on Nontarget Forest Floor Arthropods

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We evaluated the effects of a single application of granular carbaryl made against nymphal Ixodes scapularis Say on the diversity and abundance of forest arthropods taken in pitfall traps in oak and mixed oak–pine forest sites for 12 wk after treatment in central New Jersey. Significant short-term changes in arthropod assemblages were detected immediately posttreatment. Effects were not distributed equally across taxa. Seasonal changes in numbers and diversity of forest arthropods in the study areas may have affected the impact of the acaricide in the treatment area. Comparison with control areas indicated that reductions in abundance of some arthropod taxa in the treatment area were detectable 12 wk after treatment.

Keywords: Ixodes scapularis; carbaryl; nontarget effects

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1603/0022-0493-94.1.123

Publication date: February 1, 2001

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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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