0589 Efficacy of contaminated cockroach gel baits on Blattella germanica

Monday, November 17, 2008: 8:41 AM
Room D10, First Floor (Reno-Sparks Convention Center)
Barbara E Bayer , Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Philip G. Koehler , Entomology & Nematologoy, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Gel baits are commonly used in the control of cockroaches; however, gel bait efficacy can be compromised when contaminated by cleaning products. Choice experiments using dog food and a gel bait (Advion, Maxforce FC Magnum, Maxforce FC Select, Maxforce FC, or Vendetta) were conducted to determine palatability and efficacy of gel baits contaminated by cleaning products. Mid-instar Daytona bait-averse strain German cockroaches were placed into arenas with harborage and water and starved for 24 h. Cockroaches were then provided with a choice between pre-weighed dog food and contaminated or uncontaminated gel bait. After 24 h, dog food and gel bait were re-weighed. Mean consumption of gel bait was calculated and mortality was taken at 1, 2, 3, 5, 9 and 14 days after treatment.

doi: 10.1603/ICE.2016.36759