Insects (2020) 11 (9 - 566)

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Wahid H. Dakhel, Stefan T. Jaronski and Scott Schell (2020)
Control of pest grasshoppers in North America
Insects 11 (9 - 566)
Abstract: Grasshoppers (Orthoptera: Acrididae) frequently inflict damage on millions of hectares of western rangelands and crops. The main method of controlling grasshopper outbreaks consists of covering their infestations with chemical insecticides. Although it is relatively cheap, fast, and efficient, chemical control bears serious risks to human health, non-target organisms, and the environment. To overcome this challenge, biological control is a less environmentally hazardous alternative to traditional, synthetic insecticides. This paper reviews strategies that could be used as effective ways to control such pests with a special focus on effective bait formulations that might provide a key model in developing biological control strategies for the grasshopper population.
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Database assignments for author(s): Stefan T. Jaronski

Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
control - general

Pest and/or beneficial records:

Beneficial Pest/Disease/Weed Crop/Product Country Quarant.
Melanoplus sanguinipes
Melanoplus bivittatus
Melanoplus differentialis
Melanoplus femurrubrum