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Evaluation of Three Concentrations of Tebufenpyrad for the Control of Varroa destructor (Acari: Varroidae)

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Abstract:

We evaluated three concentrations of tebufenpyrad (17.5, 15 and 12.5%) in strip formulations for controlling varroa mites, Varroa destructor Anderson and Trueman (2000), in honey bee colonies. We also included colonies treated with Apistan, CheckMite+, and untreated colonies in our evaluation. The three concentrations we evaluated reduced varroa populations but also reduced the amount of brood and adult bees when compared with untreated colonies and colonies treated with Apistan or CheckMite+. Alternative delivery methods, lower concentrations of tebufenpyrad, and the evaluation of related compounds are logical next steps in evaluating the varroacidal potential of tebufenpyrad and related compounds.

Keywords: Apis mellifera; Apistan; CheckMite+; Varroa destructor; honey bee; tebufenpyrad; varroa

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1603/0022-0493-96.2.259

Publication date: April 1, 2003

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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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