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Field Evaluation of DRC-714 for Deer-Mouse Control in a Redwood Habitat

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Abstract:

Direct seeding of conifers in western America often results in considerable seed loss to rodents, principally deer mice (Peromyscus spp.). An operational test of the toxicant DRC-714 (0, 0, bis [p-chlorophenyl] acetimidoylphos-phoramidothioate) was conducted January 11-February 3, 1966, on deer mice (Peromyscus maniculatus rupidus Osgood) in a redwood type in Humboldt County, California. Wheat bait treated with DRC-714 at the one-seed-lethal concentration was distributed by helicopter on three 5-acre plots and a 95-acre buffer zone at the rate of ½ pound per acre. Pre- and post-treatment censuses indicated a 98-percent reduction in the number of deer mice on the three 5-acre treated plots, and very little change on the 5-acre control plot nearby.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Farm Advisor, Univ. Calif. Agric. Extension Service, Eureka

Publication date: March 1, 1969

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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