Reduction in an almond moth Ephestia cautella (Lepidoptera : Pyralidae) population by means of mating disruption

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Pheromone-based mating disruption of the almond moth (Ephestia cautella) (Walk.) (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) was carried out in a chocolate factory in Sweden. Population monitoring was conducted with pheromone-baited traps and water traps. Pheromone traps showed a 94% catch reduction, and monitoring with water traps showed a significant decrease in total catch (5.0 and 1.6 individuals per trap per week before and during treatment respectively). The significance of the results was tested by fitting the observed data to a first-order autoregressive model. This made it possible to test the data with a 95% confidence interval, comparing trap catches before mating disruption treatment with trapping data during the experiment. It is suggested that this statistical approach may be used more frequently in mating disruption experiments where it is extremely difficult to control external factors and therefore equally difficult to use a comparable control plot to evaluate the treatment. (c) 2006 Society of Chemical Industry.

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  • Biological Sciences
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)912-918
JournalPest Management Science
Volume62
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes

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