Evaluation of Traps and Toxicants in an Attract-and-Kill System for Rhagoletis mendax (Diptera: Tephritidae)

Authors: Barry, James D.; Polavarapu, Sridhar; Teixeira, Luís A. F.

Source: Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 97, Number 6, December 2004 , pp. 2006-2014(9)

Publisher: Entomological Society of America

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A series of laboratory and field assays were performed to evaluate new methods for an attract-and-kill approach to control blueberry maggot, Rhagoletis mendax Curran. In laboratory assays, fly mortality was similar among insecticide-treated matted paper, plastic, and biodegradable sphere traps. Plastic and biodegradable traps baited with ammonium acetate captured significantly more flies than baited matted paper traps in field assays, whereas fly captures were similar in baited matted paper traps and unbaited plastic sphere traps. Treatments containing imidacloprid resulted in the highest amount of fly knockdown, and spheres coated with this insecticide still had significant knockdown after 6 wk of field exposure. Fly mortality was comparable on sphere traps coated with fipronil and imidacloprid, with both resulting in significantly more fly mortality than the control when flies were exposed to traps that had been weathered for 4 wk in the field. Spheres coated with acetamiprid resulted in fly mortality, but further evaluation is necessary to determine the potential of this compound. Deltamethrin was ineffective in causing fly knockdown at the rate tested. Our results indicate that fipronil and imidacloprid have potential as insecticidal coatings on either plastic or biodegradable spheres in an attract-and-kill system for control of R. mendax.

Keywords: acetamiprid; blueberry maggot; fipronil; highbush blueberries; imidacloprid

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2004

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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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