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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

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

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501747953.003.0028

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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