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VP03 Integrated Pest Management for the German cockroach (Blattella germanica) in selected urban communities

  • Shahraki Poster.pdf (567.0 kB)
  • Gholam Hossein Shahraki , Department of Public Health, Yasuj University of Medical Sciences, Yasuj, Iran
    Yusof B. Ibrahim , Faculty of Technical and Vocational Education, Sultan Idris Education University, Tanjong Malim, Perak, Malaysia
    Mohd Noor Hafidzi , Department of Entomology, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Putra Malaysia, Seri Kembangan, Selangor, Malaysia
    Javad Rafinejad , Department of Medical Entomology, Tehran University of Medicine, Tehran, Tehran, Iran
    Mohd Shaha Khadri , Institute of Medical Research, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    This study assessed the effectiveness of an Integrated Pest Management control approach using 2% hydramethylnon gel bait on German cockroaches, Blattella germanica (L.) in some residential and hospital buildings in South Western Iran. In total, three buildings consisting of 150 apartment units and 101 hospital units were monitored weekly via sticky trap for German cockroach infestations over a period of eight months. These infested units were randomly subjected to intervention and control treatments. Pamphlets and posters were provided and lectures were given to support the educational programmes as a tactic of the IPM system. Survey on cockroach index for intervention units showed 67-94% recovery to achieve clean level of infestation for intervention units of the residential buildings and 83% for the hospital. Mean percentage reductions for treatment groups throughout the 15-week treatment period were 76.8% for the residential buildings and 88.1% for the hospital, showing significant differences compared to the control groups. Linear regression of infestation rates were recorded weekly after treatment and their negative slope for treatment groups substantiated significant reductions for interventions. The results of this study showed that IPM control method, using gel bait, educational programs and sanitation, is an effective way to manage German cockroach infestation.

    doi: 10.1603/ICE.2016.60506

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