Journal of Applied Entomology (2016) 140, 517-526

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N.A. Larsen, G.S. Nuessly and R.H. Cherry (2016)
Efficacy of pyrethroid and neonicotinoid insecticides for Melanotus communis (Gyll.) (Coleoptera: Elateridae) control in Florida sugarcane (Saccharum spp.)
Journal of Applied Entomology 140 (7), 517-526
Abstract: Wireworms are important pests in newly planted sugarcane fields in Florida. Current management involves an integrated programme of cultural and chemical controls. Current chemical controls used are the organophosphates phorate and ethoprop. As federal regulations tighten the uses of organophosphates, effective chemicals from alternative classes of chemistry need to be found. The organophosphates were the only insecticides that effectively protected the emerging shoots from damage in our study. Phorate consistently reduced the number of wireworms. While the pyrethroids and neonicotinoids were able to protect the seed piece and non-sprouted buds, they did not consistently protect shoots and tillers. Neither pyrethroids nor neonicotinoids caused wireworm mortality in excess of that which occurred naturally.
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Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
control - general

Pest and/or beneficial records:

Beneficial Pest/Disease/Weed Crop/Product Country Quarant.

Melanotus communis Sugarcane (Saccharum officinarum) U.S.A. (SE)