Bug Scout 1979
Select Insecticides Carefully
(Tom Turpin, Entomologist, Purdue University)
Don't gamble on their advice, try pet management instead.
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November 17, 1979

Insecticides are important plant protection tools utilized by pest management specialists.  Insecticides are also big business.

Agrichemical industries spend millions of dollars each year on insecticide advertising.  Such advertising is found in the public media from local newspaper ads to prime-time TV in addition to the annual round of gala sales meetings.  All promotional material has a single purpose - to convince the crop producer to use a specific insecticide.

The most important pest management decisions a crop producer makes each year is whether or not use of insecticides is justified economically.  Pest management specialists emphasize that when insecticide treatments are needed, not all products will perform equally.  Indeed some insecticides have undesirable traits that make their use risky in certain instances.

Advertising campaigns may not tell the whole story.

This year, if you decide to use a specific insecticide based on advertising or a free meal, think twice.  That "free" meal might turn out to be quite expensive!  

by Tom Turpin, Entomologist, Purdue University

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