Accession Number : AD0743486

Title :   New Techniques for Control of East Coast Yellow Jacket Populations.

Descriptive Note : Interim rept. no 3,

Corporate Author : NAVAL MEDICAL FIELD RESEARCH LAB CAMP LEJEUNE NC

Personal Author(s) : Grothaus, Roger H. ; Jackson, Spicer C. ; Batchelor, Roland

Report Date : MAY 1972

Pagination or Media Count : 13

Abstract : Both trapping and feeding techniques have been developed for the control of two species of eastern yellow jackets. Vespula squamosa (Drury) and Vespula maculifrons (Buysson) were both found to be attracted to natural proteinaceous baits. A trap was designed from metal which would withstand the climatic conditions encountered along the eastern coast of the U.S. This trap consisted of a 1-gal. metal can with a screen top and a bottom made of plastic with entrance holes around the edge. When used as a trap, it contained a screen wire core. When used as a bait station, the wire core was removed. Both natural and synthetic baits were tested. The workers readily returned treated natural bait to the larbae in the nest. The synthetic bait contained mirex and should have been acceptable to the workers, but mold developed in the containers and the bait was not accepted. Both baiting and trapping proved effective in reducing nest populations below the problem level. This technique provided good control and eliminated the need for the broad application of pesticides to the environment. (Author)

Descriptors :   *INSECT CONTROL, *HYMENOPTERA, PEST CONTROL.

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Biochemistry

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE