oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Studies on the citrus red scale, Aonidiella aurantii (Mask.), and its biological control in Swaziland

Volume 34, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



The bionomics of the red scale, Aonidiella aurantii (Maskell), the key pest of citrus in Swaziland, was studied for three seasons in 1967-70. Population fluctuations of scale and the activity of parasites and predators were studied at a large number of sites with a view to applying integrated control to the pest complex. This consisted of replacing the conventional spring application of parathion with practices designed to encourage the activity of natural enemies, together with the use of selective materials for control of other pests and ants.

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