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Control of Armored Scales on Bird of Paradise, Hawaii, 1990  

By: T.Y. Hata and A.H. Hara

Beaumont Agri. Res. Center, University of Hawaii-Manoa, 461 W. Lanikaula Street, Hilo, Hawaii 96720, Phone (808) 935-2885

HOST: Bird of Paradise: Strelitzia reginae Ait.
TARGETED PEST: Cockerell scale: Pseudaulacaspis cockerelli

Efficacy trials were conducted from 18 Oct to 29 Nov 1990 in a 13 acre bird of paradise field located in Hakalau, Hawaii. Plots measured 8 ft by 5 ft with ca 150 plants per plot arranged in a randomized complete block (RCB) with 4 replicates. A 12 ft barrier was provided between plots and a 20 ft buffer zone between the plots and the growers planting. Insecticide sprays were applied to runoff using a compressed air sprayer with a 8004 Teejet nozzle at 40 psi. The spreader sticker, Triton B-1956 was added to all treatments and the control at a rate of 3.0 fl oz/100 gal. Insecticides were applied at 2 week intervals for a total of 3 applications. Ten leaves were randomly sampled from each replicate, 40 per treatment, and observed under a dissecting microscope. The number of live and dead scales were recorded.

All treatments had significantly higher mortality than the control. Pageant DF, Diazinon 50WP and Tempo 2EC were most effective followed by Seven 50WP. Phytotoxicity was not observed on flowers or foliage.


lb AI/100 gal

Percent mortality

Pageant DF



Diazinon 50WP



Tempo 2EC



Sevin 50WP






Percentages transformed to arcsine and subjected to anova P < 0.05. Means followed by the same letter in a column are not significantly different by Waller-Duncan K-ratio T test. Control mortality corrected by abbott's formula.


Use pesticides safely. Follow the pesticide label. Consult with the Cooperative Extension Service or the Hawai'i State Department of Agriculture for authorized special local need registrations or additional information. The user is responsible for the proper use, application, storage, and disposal of pesticides.

Reference to a company or product name does not imply approval or recommendation of the product by the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, Cooperative Extension Service University of Hawaii, or the United State Department of Agriculture and does not imply its approval to the exclusion of other products that may be suitable. All materials should be used in accordance with label instructions or manufacturer's directions.

Product Name: Pageant DF
Manufacturer's Name: Dow Chemical U.S.A.
Address: P.O. Box 1706, Midland, MI 48640
Composition: chlorpyrifos 50%

Product Name: Diazinon 50WP
Manufacturer's Name: CIBA-Geigy Corporation
Address: P.O. Box 18300, Greensboro, NC 27419
Composition: Diazinon 50%

Product Name: Tempo 2EC
Manufacturer's Name: Mobay Chemical Corporation
Address: P.O. Box 4913, Kansas City, MO 64120
Composition: Cyfluthrin 2.0 lb active per gallon

Product Name: Sevin 50WP
Manufacturer's Name: Rhone Poulenc
Address: P.O. Box 12014, 2 TW Alexander Dr., Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Composition: Carbaryl 50%