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item Boyd Jr, David

Submitted to: Southern Nursery Association Research Conference
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/15/2003
Publication Date: 11/1/2003
Citation: Hesselein, Charles P. and Boyd, David W. Jr. 2003. Srawberry Rootworm Biology and Control. SNA Research Conference, vol.48, pp. 174-176.

Interpretive Summary: The strawberry rootworm is threatening profitable azalea production in the southeastern United States by feeding on the foliage of the azaleas. We tested five common pesticides to control this pest. We found that two of the five were the most effective. Growers will be able to use this information by applying the most effective pesticides to control the strawberry rootworm in their azalea production areas.

Technical Abstract: We tested five common pesticides (bifenthrin, spinosad, chlorphyrifos, acephate, and carbaryl)against adult strawberry rootworms, Paria fragariae Wilcox, a pest of azaleas in production horticulture. We found that chlorpyrifos and carbaryl controlled the adult strawberry rootworm better than the other three and much better than the water control. This information provides which chemical classes can be rotated in scheduled pesticide control measures against the strawberry rootworm.