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Turfgrass Insects of the United States and Canada$
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Patricia J. Vittum

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501747953

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501747953.001.0001

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Chemical Control Strategies

Chemical Control Strategies

(p.418) 28 Chemical Control Strategies
Turfgrass Insects of the United States and Canada

Patricia J. Vittum

Cornell University Press

This chapter explores chemical control strategies. Despite promising recent developments in insect-resistant cultivars, biological control strategies, and improved cultural practices, turf managers in the United States often find that circumstances dictate the use of a traditional insecticide. The pressure to use insecticides to manage turf insect populations often comes from clients or golfers who have come to expect and demand virtually pest-free turf and assume that using an insecticide will produce the desired result. When heavy infestation of a pest insect is sudden and unexpected, there often is no alternative but to depend on a traditional insecticide to reduce the population in a timely manner. The chapter then considers the effect of insecticides on nontarget organisms, as well as the environment fate of pesticides.

Keywords:   chemical control strategies, turf managers, insecticides, turf insect populations, pest-free turf, pesticides

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