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Commercially Available Essential Oils Formulas as a Repellents of Common Stored Products Pest Alphitobius diaperinus

Version 1 : Received: 15 February 2019 / Approved: 18 February 2019 / Online: 18 February 2019 (08:42:56 CET)

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Francikowski, J.; Baran, B.; Cup, M.; Janiec, J.; Krzyżowski, M. Commercially Available Essential Oil Formulas as Repellents Against the Stored-Product Pest Alphitobius diaperinus. Insects 2019, 10, 96. Francikowski, J.; Baran, B.; Cup, M.; Janiec, J.; Krzyżowski, M. Commercially Available Essential Oil Formulas as Repellents Against the Stored-Product Pest Alphitobius diaperinus. Insects 2019, 10, 96.

Journal reference: Insects 2019, 10, 96
DOI: 10.3390/insects10040096

Abstract

The main scope of the presented paper is an assessment of the potential repellent effect of selected essential oils (EOs) against Alphitobius diaperinus, which can cause economic losses in storages and poultry industry. Due to development of pesticide resistance in A. diaperinus populations, as well as an attempt to limit extensive usage of potentially harmful pesticides in food-related industries, there is a strong need for development of alternative methods of management of A. diaperinus infestations. Because of cost-effectiveness, availability and low vertebrate toxicity EOs are promising agents in pest management. In presented paper four of-the-shelf EOs: mint, vanilla, lemon and citronella (and their mixtures) were tested as a potential repellents. Moreover, novel preference assay providing an extended analysis of preference and the locomotor response was used. The most effective EOs were, respectively: citronella and lemon. EOs mixtures were generally more repellent than single EOs, with lemon and vanilla 1:1 mixture acting as the strongest repellent. Few of tested EOs caused significant alterations in locomotor activity, although direct relation wasn’t observed. In conclusion, EOs can be potentially used as a repellent agents in A. diaperinus management. Additionally, data on locomotor activity may lead to better design of pull-push strategies in pest management.

Subject Areas

lesser mealworm; essential oils; repellency; spatial preference; locomotor activity

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