Report of the chief of the Bureau of Entomology and Plant Quarantine


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Report of the chief of the Bureau of Entomology and Plant Quarantine
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WIa'ashin9l/on, D. C'., Sptei btr U 118. Hon. IIENIltY A. W~ALLACE,
Secretary of Agr icult re.
DE#kR MR. SECRETARY I SUI11llit herewith i rep!)ort of tlhe work of
the Bureau of Entomology and Plant Quarantine for the fiscal year
ended June 30, 1938.
Sincerely yours,
LEE A. STONG(,,( Ch fj.


Page Page
Introduction ------------------------------ 1 European corn borer inspection and certificaPublications and editoral work -------- __... 2 tion ------------------------------------ 39
Library..--- -- ------------------------------2 Black stem rust (quarantine enforcement .....-------. 39
Insect pest survey and information ---------- 2 Barberry eradication --------------------------..... 39
Fruit insect ivestigations .-------------------.3 Truck crop and garden insect investigations.._ 42
/ Fruittly investigations ..-----------------------7 Sx eet T)otato weeil control and eradicat ion -... 50
Mexico fruitfly control---------------------- 8 Cotton insect investigations ------------------ 50
Japanese beetle quarantine and control ------- 9 Pink bollworm control ---------------------- 54
Control of phony peach and peach mosaic dis- Thurberia wx eevil control .--------------------- 57
eases ..... .. ----------------------------------- 15 Bee culture ..- -------------------- -.. 58
Citrus canker eradication -------------------- 16 Invetiations of insects affectin- man and aniInsects affecting forest and shade trees 16 als----------------------------- .... 60
Gypsy moth and brown-tail moth control ----- 20 Insect identification .. ------------------------ 62
Gypsy moth and brown-tail moth quarantine Foreign parasite it production ---------------- 63
enforcement ----------------------------- 24 Cottrol investigation! s ---------------------- 65
Dutch elm (lisease eradication. 25 Inse(ticide invc stigations --__ --------- 67
White-pine blister rust control ---------------.29 Transit inspectlin 70
Modification of white-pine blister rust quar- Terminal ir section of mail shipment 71
antine reenlations-_ ---------- 33 Co;vict irs ar d( penalties imposed for vio'laCereal and forage insect investigations --------- 33 tion of the Pla;t Quarantine Act ------------ 71
/ White-fringed beetle control ------------------ 38 F( reign plant lquarantines -------------- 72
Mormon cricket control .......--------------------- 3 Certificati, for exrt ------ --.------ 73


Among the changes ill the organization of the Bureau during tlie year was
the creation of the position of special reseal'rch assistant to the chief f of EIurean.
This position was crea ted( so that more attention couldud 1be given to uniifyving the research work of the Bureau, and to make it more effective. P. N. Aiiand, Chief of the Division of Cereal and Forage Insect Investigations, was aIoited to this position, his successor being C(. M. Packard, in field charge of the work
on the hessian fly, white grubs, and other insects at LaFayette, In(1d.
The special educational and( demuistrational work onil control of the sc(rewworm which was recognized as a sepaIt:lIe field division ill 1936 xwea dis(c()ntinued on February 15. 1938. The extensive work conducted during ll the last 2 years in cooperation with various State agencies and individuals wa:s believed to have made available to farmers in the areas where screvwvornis oe()cur aequate information regarding methods of control. The stocknmel are lbeli eved .. to have had ample opportinitys o beane fully advised a to i e coi trIl of
this insect, and the duncati(mnal and demionst rational work was therefore turlied


over to the States and other agencies to be handled in the same general manneras, is the work of controlling other important pests.
During the past few years the administration of work in connection with outbreaks of the Mormon cricket and grasshoppers has been under the supervision of the Division of Cereal and Forage Insect Investigations and was directed by persons whose principal interest was research work with respect to these insects. The responsibility for the control work has interfered with the research programs because the control work occurs during the time when emphasis on research work is of greatest importance. In keeping with the organization of the Bureau's work, therefore, it was considered advisable to transfer these control activities to a division dealing exclusively with control work; therefore the control of these insects has been placed in the Division of Domestic Plant Quarantines. W. E. Dove, who was in charge of the educational and demnonstrationial work on screwworm control, was placed in field charge of the grasshopper-control program and established his headquarters in Minneapolis. MIinn. Claude Wakeland was appointed to take field charge of the Mormon cricket work and his headquarters were established at Salt LakeCity.
The death of Leon I-I. Worthley, for many years one of the leaders in the various pest-coiitrol activities of the Bureau, left a vacancy in connection with the Division which has the activities of controlling the Japanese beetle, eradication of the Dutch elm disease, enforcement of the gypsy moth quarantine, and European corn borer certification. This vacancy was filled by the promotion of Erle G. Brewer, assistant to Ir. Worthley, whose promotion became effective October 16. 19)37.
The eradication and control of plant pests was continued under a program expanded by means of allocations of emergency relief funds. A curtailment in the general relief program resulted in reduced allotments with a corresponding reduction in the volume of work carried on under these funds. This reduction was likewise reflected in the cooperation in plant-pest control received from camps operated by the Civilian Conservation Corps.


During the year 520 manuscripts were presented for publication and 461 were approved. 93 being submitted to the I)epartment for publication and the remainin)g 36S to outside journals. There remained on hand at the end of the year185 manuscripts. 138 of which were under consideration in the Bureau, 40 were in the Office of Information awaiting publication by the Department, and the remaining 7 were in press at the Government Printing ()Office. Of the 138 in the Bureau, 82 were being considered for publication by the Department and the remaining 56 for publication in outside periodicals.


The loan and reference work with books and periodicals for the Bureau staff increased over 22 percent this year.
Special bibliographies prepared to aid investigators include those on effect of radium on insects, longevity in insects, reproduction in insects, biology of Carpocapsa pomo ella, plant-quarantine history, aims, and problems, and a brief list on toxicology. Entomnology Current Literature appeared regularly bimonthly, with 156 pages as compared with 135 pages last year. The outstan(ling bibliographic work for the year is the Index to American Economic Entomology V, a volume of 693 pages containing some 35.000 references, compiled in the Bureau library and published by the American Association of Economic Entomologists in April 1938.
The special collection of photographs of entomologists was completely cataloged and much biographic and bibliographic information was assembled.


The Survey added to the permanent files on the distribution and abundance of insects 14)000 notes on domestic insects and 5,000 notes on foreign insects, bringing the total now available for consultation to 278,650 notes. The work of the year added 925 species of insects to the existing record of approximately 20,e00 species of American insect pests and the foreign pest file now contains over 21.0,,0 species of insects.


The important development of the year was the increase in personnel of the Survey to a force of six professional and sulbprofessional workers. This groul) is concelltratingll its efforts onil bringing up to (late the records on insects of the world not known to be in this country, ill order that there may be available in the Bureau concise information on any pest of the world that may appear in this country or may be intercepted ill coiiiierce.
The monthly Insect Pest Survey Bulletin was aull?,gmented by supplee)li'lnts on Alfalfa Weevil Survey, Fall of 1936; The Two Broods of Ieriod(ical (ica(da Scheduled to Appear in 1937; the Species and Distribution of (Grasshoppers in the 19,6 Outbreak; Spread (of Alfalfa Weevil in 1937; IHessian Fly Survey, ILarvest-Timlu 1937; Liberations of Parasites of the Europlean Corn Borer in the United States in 1937; Liberations of Japanese Beetle Parasites in the Eastern States in 1937; and Insect Notes from Costa Rica in 1936.
The value of the Survey work to the separate States is evidenced by an International News Service release, dated July 10, wherein the e(xt ension entomologist of Alabama warned through the press in his State that the cotton leaf worm was likely to appear in Alabama and other Southeastern States in the immediate future, stating that he based these conclusions on Survey reports that the insects were found in southern Texas on May 27 and in ('alhoun County, Tex., on June 9.
Ninety-four articles on entomological and quarantine subjects were released to the press and 72 radio talks were put on the air. Preparation of film-strip material covered six new subjects. No new motion pictures were complletedl. but three important motion pictures are being made, one onil grasshoppers, one on the Mormon cricket, and one on the white-fringed beetle. The Bureau participated in seven exhibits.
Cooperative extension work in entomology was supervised under the direction of the Bureau and the Oftice of Cooperative Extension Work.
Twelve numbers of the Bureau Monthly News Letter were issued, conmprising a total of 363 pages. Publications to the number of 331.775 copies were distributed, exclusive of those sent out on regular mailing lists and miscellaneous mimeographed material.
During the year the photographic unit of the Bureau prepared 5:39 negatives illustrating the genitalia of May beetles of the genus Ph!lloplhaga, a special project under the general direction of Philip Luginbill. For this particular work 4.8,50 prints were made in addition to 12,575 prints prepared for the general activities of the Bureau.
To the file of photographic prints under the custody of this division 492 new subjects were added, and 463 prints were distributed in answer to special requests from scientific workers, magazine editors, writers, students, teachers, and others.

The most striking feature of the work of the 1937 season was the very favorable results obtained in the Mliddle West by the use of nicotine-lbentonite for the control of the codling moth. Thie tank-mix nicotine-bentonite developed by the Vincennes, Ind., laboratory, mentioned in last year's report, was f(uund especially effective. A practical test of this material gave opportunity to secure data oil its l)ehavior on a schedule substantially the same as that followed with lead arsenate. It appeared equal to or better than lead arsenate in preventing worm entrance, was much better in controlling the stiing type of blemish. and gave much less difficulty in residue removal. The increase in cost of the material appeared to be more than offset by the improvement in coddling moth control and in the condition of the trees. A number of problenis remain to be investigated further in connection with the fixed-nicotine materials. A particularly urgent need is the development of fungicides that will not interfere with the effectiveness of the nicotine combinations and yet will be safe for use on the trees.
Phenothiazine gave poorer results in the Northwest than previously, in part because, it was estested at lesser strengths, and apparently in part becl;luse 4)f an unusual rainfall of more than 2 inches that occurred in June, resulting in conditions more comlpa rable to those existing in the Middle West and East, where the results with phenothiazine have been very disappointing.
Practical fiel(l experiments with orchard sanitation and banding gave reductions in infestation ranging from 20 to 60 percent. dlonistrating conclu-


sively the value of these practices, especially under conditions of severe infestation.
Studies of methods of carrying on bait-trap experiments, conducted in southern Indiana, indicated that a great deal of the extreme tree-to-tree variation in moth captures can be smoothed out by rotating the test baits among the trees. The use of bait trails in a block of 276 trees appeared to reduce the first-brood infestation aipproxinmtely 50 percent. The season's infestation, however, was reduced only about 25 percent, which indicates that the movement of mnoths during the summer equalized many of the differences that existed earlier in the season. In the Pacific Northwest reductions of approximately 50 percent were obtained in large-scale experiments with bait traps.
A cooperative project dealing with the control of the codling moth by mechanical methods and by the stimulation of biological control without spraying was continued in West Virginia through the season of 1937. The crop was vcomplaratively light and the percentage of infested fruit increased from 5 percent in 1936 to 71.8 in 1937. This Bureau colltinued to cooluerate with the Idaho Agricultulral E.xperinment Station in the biological project at Parma, Idaho. During the season 1,085 adults of Aecloplc.r c(arpocapse (ush. and 2.169 adults 'of Ichlutmnol ncxtcnsor (Tasch.) were sent to Parma for use in this experiment.
Further experiments were carried on in cooperation with the Oregon Agriultural Experiment Station to determine the part played by the pear thrips in causing injury of the russet or scab type on prunes. Careful cage tests and experiments involving the use of windbreaks to exclude wind injury demonstrated definitely thlt the thrips is responsible for a typical scab on the fruit. The most important loss caused by thrips on prunes, however, consists in the prevention of the fruit from setting, and the dropping of the set fruit caused by egg laying and feeding of the thrips, which causes a partial or even complete crop failure.

Work with the parasites of the oriental fruit moth was continued. During 1937. eight shipments from .Japan and two from Australia were received, from which were reared 38,545 adult parasites. During the season 187 releases involving a total of 39,908 parasites were made in 11 States, mostly in the Middle West. which has previously not received as many colonies as the Eastern States. The mortality of the parasites in transit averaged only 1 percent of the season's shipml)ets to the field. Four hundred and twenty-seven recovery collection s were obtained from 19 States, three-fourths of them having been furnished by cooperating agencies. In general parasitize tion showed a decided increase for 1937 as compared with 1930.
Experiments with the production of Matcrocc trius ancylirorus Roh. on the strawberry leaf roller under large field cages indicated that this method of production is practical. Field studies were made to determine the capacity of various parasites for increase ai(nd sprea(l during the season in which they are relea sced in orchards.
Recovery collections again indicate that J(('Icro'(nC trus alnc!iroru(s was the most abundant and widely distributed parasite species in most of the areas. Glpta ruf! ctella ris Cress. ranked sec(,nd from the standp(!ilt of distribution, and third in abundl ce: 1)i,(teS imol.c'tc U e hida was ii third and second pIl:ces respectively. Other species showing wide divtrilution and reared in considerable numbers were -1. dclicatus Cress., 1f. instabilis Mes., a nd Pristomerurs occllatus Cush.
Investigations dealing with the utse of ethylene dichloride emulsion and other materials for peach borer control were broadened in the fall of 1937 P1nd spring of 1038 to include informal cooperative experiments in southern Illinois and western New York in comparison with similar experiments in ,Georgia. In all these experiments the results with ethylene dichloride were outstanding. both as to borer control and safety for use on trees. A further advantage lies in the fact that ethylene dichloride is effective at much lower soil temperatures than is paradichlorobenzene in crystal form or as as emulsion in cottonseed oil. This greatly increases the length of the season for fall i-reatments in the Northern States.
Parium fluosilicate and cryolite were tested in parts of the spray program
-and gave plum curcullo control not significantly different from that obtained 'by the use of the standard lead arsenate schedule. Unfortunately both these fluorine compounds caused serious injiiry to the fruit. Curculio control resulting from the use of a full schedule of derris powder was considerably inferior to that obtained from the use of lead arsenate.


The survey method( of al)lpprach' to the study of the p()ssible relatioii (of insects to the tralismission of the pholly peach disease andl thle peach mIosaic disease was continued. Two trailer laboratories are in operation and are c()verilng the territory in which these two diseases occur. Each trailer laholratory traveled more than 1,00() miles tlduring the season of 197. 11n connectio with the survey work, a fixed laliboraltory was established at IBr(\Nvilwood, Tex., in cooperation with the Bureau of Plant Industry, for work in tle incrimination, ill the transmission of the peach Imosaic disease, of certain ilns],ects whicil were determined as suspects in the survey work.

l'lhenlothiazine was given further testing against the grape berry moth, and, was again fllond to have outstanding inlsecticidal )rol)erties for this purpose. When used alh)ne it was fould to have very poor wetting properties; with a small quantity of sodium hlauryl sulphate it was wet much more readily but the del)posit was removed to some extent bty rains. Nico tile-hentonite allnd nicotine-oil in the second brood, following calcium arsenate in the first, gave effective control of the berry moth, but caused a somewhat objectionable staining of the fruit.
Cooperative tests with growers contilated to show that an important reduction in the spring brood of the berry moth may be obtained by a method of spring cultivation of vineyards which keeps the cocoons buried until after the normal time of emergence of the adult moths. This method appears to be most successful in the lighter soil types.
Further cooperative experiments with blast-burning equipment, designed by the Bureau of Agriculturai Engineering, to test the possibility of controlling leafhoppers in hibernation areas close to vineyards again resulted in greatly decreased numbers of the adult hoppers in the vineyards in the spring.

Attention was given at Allhany, Ga.. to the biology of the hickory shuckworm to obtain a better basis for further investigations on the control of the insect as a pest of peann. During 1937 the hickory sliuckworm passed through three generations and a partial fourth. The pupation of larvae from the overwintering generation extended through the entire season of 198. the last moth emerging on December 28. About 20 percent of the individuals that hibernated as larvae in the winter of 1903-37 did not transform during 1987.
Prelimilnary investigations were conducted at Albany to determine whether M.'crccn ftru-I alc!li!rorus and(l iuster quadridcnt(atus Wesm., both of them important parasites of the oriental fruit moth and the latter of special impIortance tas cndling moth pilrasite, would attack the closely related hickory shuckworm. Efforts to cause M. an)icilirorus to attack the mature shuckworm larvae were unsuccessful. The results with A1. quadridentatus were also negative. A considerable number of parasites of the shuckworm and other pecan insects were reared, adding to the aieulnulation of information on this subject.
Studies carried on in central Texas resulted in the development of a simple method of timing the spray applications for the nut casebearer, thus permitting control with one application where previously two were desirable. The results of the experiments in central Texas with both lead arsenate and nicotine sulphate with oil confirmed those of previous years' experiments.
At the new cooperative laboratory at Monticello, Fla., nicotine sprays of various kinds gave considerable control of the unt casebearer, the greatest reduction resulting from the use of nlicotine-benhou ite with summnier oil in two apllications. In Florida dormant appiications of tar-oil emulsions resulted in the killing of 96 percent of the hibernating lrvae. This nmalerial, however, caused moderate injury to the foliage on the early developing varieties, the bulls of which had be(,un, to swell at the time the sprayin2g was done.
TRo'sults of experimiints with ithe use of oil sprays for thle control of the obscure scale confirmed results secured in previous years, indicating that dormant applications of oil emulsions at strengths of 2, 3. or 4 percent give satisfactory control. The delayed effect of oil sprays oil the obscure scale, reported a year ano. was evident again in 1937. The laboratory at Shreveport. La., where this work has been carried on. was closed and the personnel a11d equipment transferred to Brownwood, Tex.


A new laboratory was opened at Eugene, Oreg., in August 1937 for a study of certain insect problems that are affecting the development of the filbert industry in the Pacific Northwest. A study of the filberts being delivered to the drying houses revealed the fact that worm infestation, presumably by the Catalina cherry moth (Melissoputs latiferreanus (Wlsm.)), exists in a large number of widely distributed filbert orchards located from western Washington through western Oregon practically to the California line.

As last year, the Fresno, Calif., laboratory cooperated informally with the Marketing Division of the Agricultural Adjustment Administration, the Extension Service of the University of California, and the Dried Fruit Association of California in a large-scale demonstration of the effectiveness of shadecloth protection of drying peaches. This involved the use of 20,000 linear yards of cotton cloth, which was used by 82 growers in 14 different counties. The use of the cloth under commercial drying-yard conditions resulted in a reduction in infestation from an average of about 45 to approximately 9 percent.
Preliminary experiments were carried on with the use of low temperatures for the control of various insects infesting dried fruits. Consideration must also be given to the effect of the cold-temIperature treatments on the product.
The work to determine the effect of tartar emetic on citrus trees, in cooperation with the Bureau of Plant Industry, was completed. During two seasons with more than the usual rainfall, and one with less than normal, no effect on the foliage, fruit, or trees was observed, and no significant changes in the populations of scale insects and whiteflies were noted in the course of the experiments.
Definite progress was made toward a standardized laboratory procedure for handling the so-called resistant ('alifornia red scale before, during, and after fumigation experiments, mentioned in the last report. Marking the individual scales treated helped greatly in the work. The condition and type of the host lemons and the density of the scale population seem to be the important factors as yet uncontrolled. Population counts indicated that a winter season with temperatures low enough to necessitate orchard heating will not reduce the scale population enough to permit the omission of even one fumigation.
The investigations of thrips control on oranges was completed. Cooperative experiments carried on near Phoenix, Ariz., indicated that a three-application sulphur-dusting program, properly timed, will give satisfactory control of the citrus thrips on oranges in that area. In lemon groves in the coastal area of C'alifornia, where the thrips population was very high, the usual sulphur-dusting programs for oranges gave control early in the season, but by late in the summer the thrips population had built up to a high enough point to permit serious dam age. Materials other than sulphur were also tested. Observations made in an orange grove at Redlands, Calif., showed that the plot dusted with sulphur for 2 years is for all practical purposes free of black scale, whereas the undusted area in the same grove is not commercially clean.
Preliminary work was done in ('alifornia looking toward the development of the use of added toxicants with oils for the control of the California red scale. Butyl phthallate was found to be a satisfactory solvent for petroleum oils and certain organic toxicants. Preliminary tests were carried on with various petroleum and vegetable oils in combination with nicotine and with rotenone.
In Florida heavy infestations of scale insects developed on trees and fruits where materials containing hydrated lime and other substances leaving heavy residues were applied. The trees receiving the larger quantities of adhesive materials developed higher scale populations.
The area of continuous infestation occupied by the .Japanese beetle increased approximately 2,500 square miles over the area of 2 years previous. In the older infested areas, however, the beetles were less abundant and caused less injury than in 1936. Severe injury occurred over an area that included northeastern Maryland and northern Delaware, eastern Pennsylvania, north-central New Jersey, and the New York City metropolitan area.
The influence of particle fineness on the effectiveness of lead arsenate in controlling the Japanese beetle was studied under laboratory conditions. With


the adult beetles, the more finely divided materials appeared slightly more effective but the difference was not great. For control of the larvae or grubs in the soil, more finely divided lead arsenates were somewhat more effetive than coarser materials. The addition of guin arabic or lauryl sul)phate to the sprays improved their inlniediate effectiveness and facilitated the washing of the residues from the grass into the soil.
l'reliminary results with ground derris indicated that the more likely divided materials may Iprove more effective than the coarser one as asrepellents for the adult Japanese beetle. Results with various materials intended to inhibit decomllposition of the active ingredients of derris by sunlight failed to reveal any satisfactory material for this purpose. The work oil the d(lecoimp)(sition of rotenonle, as ute:nsured by c(heInical means, indicated that somie constituent of derris other than rotenone may he an important factor ill its repellent effect.
Work with p ralsites of the Japanese beetle was continued as in previous years. During the spring of 19)38, 315 colonies of T'iphia icrrialis IRcoh. were liberated. lMost of these were placed ill Maryland as an aid in the Japanese t)eetle-retardation campaign which is being carried on by the Maryland State authorities. ()f 352 colonies of this parasite liberated during the period 1926 to 1934, inclusive, recoveries have now been made at 224 locations. ()One colony which was studied in detail showed that the average parasitizatiol of the Japanese beetle grubs has been 3(i percent. A type strain of T. popillirora itoh. established at 50 percent of the points at which releases were made from 1921 to 19)34 does not appear to be increasing rapidly, presumably because of the incomIplete synchronization of the egg-laying period of the adult parasite with the third-stage Japanese beetle grubs necessary for its normal developmient. A Korein strain of this species appears later in the season and is expected to become more effective. Nine colonies of the Korean form were released in I)elaware, Marylaln(l, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. The numhers of a Yokohama strain of the same species, which is likewise better synchronized with its host, are being increased in the insectary in preparation for liberation next year.
Work with the various disease organisms that attack the Jali)anese beetle in the grubl) stage was continued. Studies of the so-called milky diseases indicated that field plots may be successfully infected by a number of different methods. A marked reduction in beetle emergence was apparent in all the plots treated with the milky disease organisms, regardless of the method of :pplication. Positive evidence was obtained that the parasite Tipbia vernalis plays a part in the dissemination of the milky disease, anll( indications were obtained that adult Jaiilanese beetles may dlisseminate the disease organisms. Exj 'rinients indicated that tile infective spores in diseased larvae consumed by chicken passed through the digestive tr:et of the chickens without loss of vitality, a(l(liIng further evidence to the supposition that birds may play a part in the (listril)ution of the milky disease. Spores of both A all(nd B types of the milky disease remained viable for 25 months in soil stored under a nuIlimber of different conmditions from which Jlapanese heetle larvae were excluded. Ii the plot started in 1935 at West ('hester, I'a., diseaised larvae also were recov\'ered( iln scattered dliggings 'Iade several miles from the original plots.
Ini cooI)eration with the Division of Cereal and(1 Forage Insect Investigations of this Bureau anid with the Bureau of Plant Industry. detailed studies were made of the susceptibility of 51 varieties of sweet corn 1(nd field corn to attack by the Japanese beetle. Seed was furnished by the agriculti-ural e,periment stations of Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana. ain(1 Iowa. Although significant differences in sterility, resulting from the feeding of the beetles on the silk, were found among the various strains, no associations between these differences and the beetle populations appeared evident. Two varieties of soybeans in the same area were both attacked vigorously, I)approximatly (0 to 70 percent of the foliage which appeared during the beetle-feedilng season being severely injured or destroyed.


Studies in Hawaii with the melon fly showed that an exposure of 15 days at 350 F. results in complete mortality even where high larva l populations are involved. This indicates a slightly greater resistance to low temperatures than with the Mediterranean fruitfly, corresponding mortalities for that species apparently being obtained at 36'.
Data accumulated in Mexico with the vapor-heat process have made it possible to reduce the exposure time to 6 hours when the approach period


is not reduced below 8 hours, a suitable approach for commercial loads. In Mexico, also, an analytical method for tartar emetic was perfected whic permits a determination of the amount and distribution of tartar emetic on leaves and fruit after spraying. This method does not require a laboratory and can be used by anyone in the field.
Protein lures first developed with fruitflies in Mexico have now pIroved the. most efficient not only for the Mediterranean fruitfly but for fruitflies in Puerto Rico. In that island they are shown to be especially good when fruittly populations are low, indicating that they are suitable for inspection purposes.

The harvesting season of 1937-38 witnessed the highest production of citrus fruit in the Rio G(rande Valley of Texas since the industry was established. The crop totalled 34,927.4 equivalent carloads. Although the harvesting season had been extended from March 31 to April 30, the packing, marketing, and processing facilities were used to capacity throughout the year so that the crop might be moved within the time limits prescribed under Quarantine No. 64.

In the spring of 1.:7 a heavier infestation of the Mexi(an fruittly than usual developed in the area covered by Quarantine No. G4. It was expected that if the flies that emerged as a result of this infestation r(enmilned within the area there would be a similar conditions in the spriiing of 1!38. By midsumnmer of 1937, however, the traps disclosed that the fly population was no higher than usual. Traps (operated throughli)ut the year indicated that the fly movement was normal during the etlire se-ason. Iew flies were trapped before January, and at no time after the first of the year was the population as high as in the preceding season.
Larval infestations were found on 218 premises. These infestations occurred during the months of February through the early part of May, the peak being reached late in March. Tih is is the second highest number of infestations for one season on record, but for comparison purposes it should be renmemnbered that the harvesting period was extended 30 days over last year and as much as CO days over some former years.
Table 1 shows the numlbr of flies trapped, the number of larval infestations. and the (late of close of the harvesting season for the fiscal years 1934-38.
TABLE 1.-lI fC-.a lions Of the r eiroan firiitfly in

Flies Larval Harvest- Flies Larval Harvest. Fiscal year rapped infesta- in sea- Fiscal year Flies infesta- ing seatrappe tions sn closed trappe tions son -losed

Au\r mber Nu mber Number Iunber
1934 .....----------------- 276 5 Apr. 5. 1937 ----------------- 4714 1,062 Mar. 31.
1935___ ----------------- 367 30 Apr. 2. 13 ---------------- 712 218 Apr. 30.
1936 ......----------------- 251 5 M ar. 31.

179 outside of area.

Sterilization of fruit from infested groves was required throughout the season. Both high- and low-temnperature methods were used. The high-temperature method proved more popular, as the time required for sterilization is only 6 hours at 1100 F. at the center of the fruit. The total time necessary for sterilization, however, is approximately 20 hours. This includes the time required to bring the fruit up to 1100, the sterilization period, and the cooling period.
Sterilization at low temperatures was employed in a limited number of cases,. but as it requires holding the fruit for 15 days at a temperature of 300 to 31' F., a much greater volume of fruit must be accommodated for an equal output.
Intensive inspection plus sterilization of the fruit whenever infestations are found reduces to a minimum the possibility of any infested fruit's leaving the quarantined area.



The citrus-canning industry continued( the rapid growth noted last year. Of the total amount of grapefruit pro(luced a(nd harvested for shipmejit 45.6 pe'rcenlt was canie(d. Iy fir the greater portion of this fruit was used for juicing purposes. This increase in their alnloiult of grapefruit called was brought about primarily bec use the fresh fruit markets could not absorb the crop as it was harvested.
No oranges were processed in the Rio Grande Valley during the season of 193 7-38.

Railroads, trucks, 11(1d steamers share(l in the movement of citrus from Rio Grande Valley. Although pro(luctionl increased in excess of 4.(000 eqluivaleilt carloads this season, approximately 3.350 equivaleilt earhloads less were s lilp)l)e( as fresh fruit. This loss ill shiIpments is alcloulited for by tihe reduction in production of oraliges and by the increase in the amount of grapefruit pro ce.sse(l.
Table 2 shows, in equivalent carlots, the shipments of fruit either certified for movement from this area or miioved under sul)ervisiomi of illspeetors, the amounlllt called. a1id the commercial production for the fiscal years 19),3-38.

TABLE 2.-Citrus fruit from Rio Grande Vally'!/ 7'ex, ~' hipp," lda? canned, aiid
total production, in cquirallent (carlot., fisc al yiars 19.J3-3

By rail By truck By boat By exFiscal press Cannel ('oinmmerFiscaland as- grape- cial proyear Grape- GGrape- sender fruit duction
fruit Oranges fruit Oranges fruite- Oranges car.
fruit mixed

Cararlots (arlots Carlots Carlots (Carlots Carlots ots (ts aots (arlts s (arlots
1933... 2, 897 230 880 58i .---------- ------- 101 127 4,821
1934 ------ 1, 718 114 1, 236 877 ----------_---------- 99 210 4,314
1935 ------ 4, 17 225 1.731 1, 095 --------------------. 239 1, 1:1 9. 038
1936 ------ 4, 262 600 1,454 1, 182 ----------------- 267 1, 682 9. 447
1937 ------ 15, 616 2, 729 2, 578 2, 351 1 76 17 532 1 8, 702 30, 701 1938 ..... 13, 736.3 1,322. 7 2, 817.4 1, 991. 5 183.1 4. 7 596. 1 14, 278. 6 34, 927. 4

I Includes 2 cars of oranges processed.

Quarantine No. 64 was revised, effective October 15, 1937, to include a portion of Jim Wells County, Tex., in the regulated area, and to fix the host-free period from MIay 1 to August 31 of each year.



Developments of the trap scouting of 1937 disclosed a reduction in the previously reported infestations at St. Louis and ('hicago, a(d a scarcity of first-record infestations of an established nature.
Trap scouting for the Japalaiese beetle was carried on during the summer of 1937 in 415 cities and towns in 25 States, scattered from Florida to Vermont, and westward as far as I)Denver. There were also included( a few traps operated by California authorities in Sa eramento a nd Roseville. Approximately 111,000 traps were set, an increase of 7.500 over the previous year. Some trapp)ling activities were collected in all but 16 States outside the present quarantined area. The average operation period for the traps was 1 month.
Results of trapping in the nonregulated area in 1937 disclosed 31 first-record infestations, as compared with 36 the previous year. Of these, ") were in Illinois, 3 in West Virginia, 4 in Virginia, 10 in Maryland, 7 in Ohio, and 1 each in Georgia, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and New York. Beetles were caught in 62 communities in which incilpient infestations had bee determined. Trapping in 322 cities and towns gave negative results.


In North Carolina beetles in varying numbers were caught in all but 2 of* the 15 known infested communities in which traps were used. Beetles in considerable numbers were collected in Greensboro, Spencer, East Spencer, and Winston-Salein. There was little change in the conditions of infestation in these cities as compared with 1936.
In the South Central States traIp surveys were made in Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, and Louisiana. In Kentucky trapping was repeated this year, 391 traps being used in Lexington and 800 in Louisville. with positive results. This year 151 traps were operated in Bristol, Tenn., with negative results, showing that the insect d(id not persist in the section where 4 beetles were caught in 1936. Four hundred traps were set in C'hattanooga. rennl.. 398 in Knoxville. Tenn., 400 in Nashville, Tenn., 400 in Mobile, Ala., and 1.125 in New Orleans, La.. all with negative results.
Traps were set in all North Central States except the Dakotas and lMionesota. The number of cities and towns surveyed in the unquarantined States were: Indiana 12, with 8,200 traps: 'Michigan 9. with 7,727 traps; Illinois 13, with 15,1(;7 traps Wisconsin 3, with 2.390 traps; Missouri 14, with 16,743 traps: and I each in Iowa with 400 traps, Nebraska with 398 traps., and Kansas with 7S0 traps. All trapping in Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas gave negative results.
There was a still further reduction in the Indianapolis infestation. Three thousand five hundred traps were used and only 12 beetles were caught during the season, whereas previous annual catches since 1934 had been 17, 57, and 28. Seven of this year's collections were caught in areas treated with lead arsenate in April 1987 and the remainder were trapped at scattered points outside. Positive results were (obtained at F(,rt Wayne. South B-end, and Logansport, Ind., this season, 800 traps each having been used at Fort Wayne and South Be nd 300 in Logansport. Trapping was conducted in eight Indiana conmnities with negative results.
As a result of applications of lead arsenate to the Detroit, Mich., infestation prior to the summer of 1.37, collections there were reduced from 128 to 67, with 5.045 traps in operation. In I)earborn 6 beetles were caught in 796 traps No other infestations were determined in the State.
Control work in Chicago resulted in speedly reductioii of beetles in the lead arsenate-treated area. From :1 city-wide total of 3,740 beetles in 1936 the combination trapping and treating program made such inroads on the beetle population that )ionly 354 were taken this year. Approximately 10,000 traps were set out this year in ('hicago, .0;)10 of which were State-owned. When the heavy infestation was discovered last year near IBessemer Park in southeastern Chicago, 3.G37 beetles were trapped in 72 contiguous blocks, 1 lone block accounting for 1,101 of these: 37 beetles were collected in 30 scattered 1lo)cks in the same area. Excellent control was obtained in sections treated in the fall of 1936. In the most heavily infested block in the city, trap captures were reduced from 1,101 to 2 beetles, and there was a 93.4 percent reduction from 3,67-4 to 242 throughout the Bessemer Park section. Intensive hand scouting was also performed in the inulneliate vicinity of trap finds. In the next largest infested area the reduction wals from 55 to 35 beetles. Only 14 of these were found in treated blocks. he renmiinder having been caught outside the infested section as determined Iby trapping in 193(. An infestation of 23 beetles several miles south of Bessemer Park and 2 others of 29 and 38 beetles in the northern part of the city were the most important infestations foundlll outside sections previously known to contain the beetle. Small collections of a few beetles each were made in five scattered sections in the south-central portion of the city.
Traps were likewise operated in the snuburtban areas of Chicago and firstrecord collections at ('icero and Evanston resulted. Three hundred and eightyeight traps in Elgin, Ill., resulted in the capture of a solitary beetle for a first record. The only other collection in the State was made at East St. Louis, where 1,2'34 tra)ps collected 3 beetles. A few beetles have been trapped there. each year since 1934.
Freedom from infestation of 13 Missouri cities was indicated; one beetle in St. Louis was the only capture in the entire State this season, although 14,757 traps were used in St. Louis and its suburbs. In Denver and Pueblo, Colo.. 39S traps, and 400 traps in Sacramento and Roseville, Calif., also failed to take beetles.
Trapping was performed in 18 West Virginia communities, 3,195 traps being set; in 9 locations results were negative. First-record trap collections were made in Harlpers Ferry and at Philippi. A heavy first-record infestation covering considerable territory was observed at Hedgesville by the assistant


State entomologist, who supervised the trapping activities throughout the State. Collections indicated that beetles have persisted in negligible numbers in ('harleston, (harlestown, Huntington, Martinsburg, and P'rinceton. At Wheeling traps showed a persistence of the beetle in slightly greater numbers.
Rather extensive trapping was done in Virginia, involving 84 comununities and 5,073 traps. Catches were made in 13 cities and towns. Other than a sizeable, established, new infestation at Wakefield, the only first records uncovered were limited to small collections at three points. At the George Washington Birthplace National Moinumnit at 1Wakefield a hiravy but alarenitly localized infestation was bl)rought to the Ilureau's attention b)y the National Park Service. Inl previously discovered Virginia infestations, catches were made in (Charlottesville, Pulaski, and Roanoke. Persisting small infestations were found in six other localities ill the State.
Trapping in 'Maryland extended to 90 cities and( towns and 1,197 traps were placed. Seventy-three localities were tralpped with negative results. Firstrecord infestations were found at 10 localities. ('arry-over infestations, most of them of several years' standing, were d(ete(rmlined at seven other places. Three small infest ation s were discovered by nursery and(1 gr'eenhou1e scouts in sections just outside the regulated area in (Carroll and Talbot (Counties.
First-record trap finds in Ohio comprise 7 locations, and isolated infestations discovered in previous years and found to have persisted include 6 locations in the eastern half of the State. In all, 15,7:8 traps were set out in ()hio. At Marietta, where delayed treatments of lead arsenate were app)lie(l in the spring of 19,)7, collections declined from 121 to 45. Of these 38 were found in the treated area and 7 in adjacent or neighboring blocks. Additional trapping in 38 other Ohio communities gave negative results.
Although nonregulated territory in New York was rather extensively surveyed with 7,154 traps, only 1 new point of collection was found, while traps were operated in 25 cities with negative results. In Rochester, Watkins Glen, LHornell, Niagara Falls, Oswego, and Watertown the infestations of previous years have persisted. In the northwestern corner of Pennsylvania outside the i'egulated area 4,189 traps were used in 14 towns. The collections showed that 10 towns bad no infestation, while beetles were caught in 4 towns, 1 of which was a first record.
No beetles were caught in Verm iont, although 400 traps were set in 25 coinmunities throughout the nonregulated section of the State.
Arrangements were made for the operation during the summer of 193S of a dozen traps in the vicinity of each of the 125 field stations of the Bureau throughout the United States.
Early-season trapping activities during 19)38 began with the placement of traps in Fabens, Tex., on April 12. Trapping was completed before the end of the year in Mobile, Ala., I)ouglas and Saford, Ariz., Valdosta, Ga., Tallulah, La., Leland, Miss., and L,as Cruces, N. .Mex., and the five loclities in Texas. At the end of the year traps were in operation in 225 cities and towns in 20 States.
Trap captures recorded during May and June 1938 included 95 beetles at Atlanta, Ga.; 18 at Louisville, Ky.: 10 at Durham, 1 atf Kingston, 17 at Raleigh, 13 at Sanford, 1 at Thomasville, 38 at Wilmington. 2 at Elizabeth City, 6 at High Point, and 4 at Wilson, N. C.; 1 at Marietta, Ohio; 2 at Charleston and 5 at Greenville, S. C. and 142 at the George Washington Birthplace Naltional Monument at Wakefield, Va. The finds at Kingston an(d Thoniasville, N. C., were first records; the others were survivals of previously determinedd infestations.
Based on the results obtained by trap scouting during the season, suplpressive measures were carried out in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kenitucky, M ichigaiin, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
Field treatments in Chicago were resumed in the fall of 1937, and 58.5 acres outside the previously treated areas *received lead arsenate applications. A substantial emergency State alppropriationi was furnished for this work. Treatment was again begun in the spring of 1938 and continued into the next fiscal year. In addition to the soil treatment in Chicago, 19.2 acres were covered in Evanston between October 6 and 22, 1937.
In St. Louis, Mo., 2.7 acres were treated, covering the yard and surrounding premises where the one beetle was found.
In Detroit, Mich., soil treatments were made during October covering 39.7 acres of newly infested area in the city. Late in October 10.9 acres were treated in the area where beetles had been discovered in nearby I)earborn.


Infestations covering 40 acres were treated with lead arsenate in Fort Wayne, Ind., between October 12 and 27, 1937. Treatments were applied on November 1, 1937, to 0.6 acre to cover the limited area found infested outside the previously treated sections in Indianapolis. At South Bend, Ind., the treating program began April 12 and covered the 37.1 acres by April 27, 1938.
Treatment of 17.8 acres in Atlanta, Ga., was made between April 5 and 26, 1938.
In Virginia approximately 13 acres were treated at Wakefield between September 8 and 15, 1937. At Charlottesville 4 acres were treated between April 30 and May 5, 1938.
At Erie, Pa., treatment was started April 25 and completed May 23, 1938, with approximately 36 acres treated.
A soil-treating program in Rochester. N. Y., was begun April 18 and completed May 26, covering approximately 75 acres.
At Louisville, Ky., 5 acres were sprayed late in May 1938.
In Ohio 5 acres were treated at Marietta between May 16 and 21, 1938, and
7 acres at Ashtabula between May 26 and June 3, 1938.
All the soil-treating projects were sponsored by State, city, or other agencies, with the Federal Government furnishing treating equipment and men for its FEDERAL AND STATE REGULATORY MEASURES

Revised regulations were issued, effective April 11, 193S, to extend the restricted zone in Ohio, New York, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia. This revision added Wheeling, W. Va., and Coshocton, Ohio, to those cities which further require the certification of fruits and vegetables shipped during the period June 15 to October 15, inclusive, from other portions of the regulated zone. No restrictions, however, were placed on the movement of any fruits or vegetables from these isolated portions of the regulated area. The amendment also added Lancaster County, Pa., to the territory from which the movement of fruits and vegetables by refrigerator car or motortruck is restricted.
A supplementary revision of instructions to inspectors on the treatment of nursery products, effective December 20, 1937, authorized the fumigation of strawberry plants for Japanese beetle larvae.,
A revision of the list of articles exempt from certification requirements, effective March 18, 1938, extended the list. Instructions were also issued, effective M;iy 2, 1938, authorizing the fulnigation of p)()ttoes with methyl bromide.
Intrastate quarantines were issued by Indiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania. and West Virginia. West Virginia extended its regulated area. The other States placed under regulation the untreated, established infestations within their borders.
Incipient infestations in Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and South Carolina were not of sufficient importance to justify quarantine action. The situation in North Carolina was adequately handled by continued enforcement of an intrastate qiarantine extending to all important isolated infestations in the State. A North Carolina inspector devoted his time to enforcing the State regulations. Chemical treatment of isolated infestations was employed in Illinois, Michigan, Georgia, Indliana, and Kmltucky.
During July 1937, with road movements of quarantined products at a peak, three stations were added to those already in operation on the boundaries of the regular ted area. Thirty-five roads were posted by August 1. Of these, 1 was in Maryland, 6 in Ohio, 11 in Pennsylvania, 11 in Virginia, and 6 in West Virginia. At the peak of the work 65 road inspectors were employed.
Closing of the regular stations began early in October, and rapid abandonment of the posts continued during Nov'ember, with seven stations remaining open. By December all stations had been closed.
Organization of the road-patrol activities in the spring of 1938 began with the posting, during the last week in March, of five road stations to inspect southbound traffic from the Virginia regulated zone. During April, 17 additional posts were established in West Virginia. Ohio, and Pennsylvania, most of them with two inspectors each, operating 16 hours a day. This extended the road-patrol system to the most important exit highways.


When the seasonal restrictions onil fruits and vegetables became operative on June 15, four additional stations were opened in Virginia. Inspection )personnel was increased durng June, and full (quotas of men were assigned to the post by June 24.
At the end of the year there were in operation 3; road stations. Of this number 1 was on tie Maryland-West Virginia line, S were in ()Ihi(), 11 in Pennsylvania, 11 ill Virginia, and( 5 ill West Virginia. Seven mobile inspectors were emplloyed in Ielnsylvia. Loving ilnsIp(ectors were also assigned to cover varioulis highways ill tlhe vicinllity of Ravenna, Ohio.
T''rucks returning to somithern points after driving through sections inll which beetles wewerswaniInig were again found to contain Inrge nimnlbers of living beetles. Finds ranging from 10 to 30 beetles were conioi. Fifty-tlhriee lots of infested i hliut material were stopped at the posts, from which were removed 12 a(duIlts, 113 grubs, uand 2 Ipupae.
countss of all motor vehicles stopl)pe(d at thile roai stations for inspection (during the year totaled 4,(U1.063. Incertified quarantined products were found in 24.,48 vehicles.


Owing to increasing beetle infestations, suminer scouting in 1937 in the regulated Zonlle revealed additiolns to the number of nurseries and greeilihoses found to be infested with the Japanilese beetle. ('ommerini and(1 non1colmmner'cial esIablishiments found infested ill the New EIngland sector totaled 15, and in the New York City area 32, of which 27 establishments were located on Long Ishlnd. In the Baltimore area infestations were found 41 on tihe premises of 5.1 nurseries and greeilnhouses, and within a 50))-foot radius of 11 others. Additional infestations on classified establishments were found inll six Virginia nurseries and one each in 1)elaware, ()hio, and the District of Columnbia, three in Pennsylvania, and nine in New Jersey. Definite increases inl beetle population were found in the Philadelphia, Pa., area. and continued through the bean-growing are;i of Maryland and the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
Sixty-sevein nurseries, located in lightly infested sections that had been found infested with ine or a few beetles in previous years, were resconted during the sunmnlr of 1987 to determine whether they might be eligible for restoration ( of their uninfested status. Nine entire establishments and four out of five units of a tenth (establishment were found uninfested aind were restored to a preferred status of classification.
Nursery and greenhouse sconting was completed by the middle of Septemher. Seasonal restrictions onil the(, movenmenits of farm p)rodlucts from the regulated a rcas were lifted on September 22, 1937.
About 9,7 soil samples, collected from 94.9 anres of nursery plots, heelinlgin areas, and frames treated with lead arsenate were analyzed by the Division of Insewticide Investi"gationls to (letolrmine the concentration of lthe poison in itlhe soil. Initial applications of lead arsenate were naide to 22 icres (of nursery plots ndl(l heeling-in sectiolns.
Ci')nlnler(cial es:'lablislhments coniforming to the requirements f)r classitiention increased from 2.:5 to( 2,514. Divided on the lb asis of classitcat ion, 1,S37 of these estallislnents were in class I, (72 in class III, and 5 in intermediary elassification. Thie numlier of uninfested nurseries increased by 116. There was a net decrease of 3: in the lllntimer of infested classified establishinets due to the foct that maniy establishments relinquished their cinssiliantion when found infested.

One hundred and eighty-nine inspectors inspected fruits 8n(l vegetables (luring the period of adult beetle light i in 1937. ThrI ugl-iout tl reg"1lalted area 39 ilspec('tion centers were in operationl--I ea'hil in Connectilut. tlhe DI)istrict of (C'olulhin. M1nine, :and Olio,: 2 ecl in Manssacliusetts and 'en sylvania; 4 in New Jersey; 5 inll Virginin: 6 in Maryland: 7 in New Yo(rk ; and i in Delbt ware.
Inspection of all sounlh-hound fruiits and(1 vegetables was angaini centralized this seas(nI at Frederickslhiorg. Va., to eliminate the pi ssibility of reinfestation( of certified pro(dluce miovitg thromughl t lihe restricted region.
Iphosition of stricter fnTigntion alnd loading requirements oin the movemlent, from tihe heavily infested arens of New Jersey, L'ennsylvania. Delaware, and


Maryland, of refrigerator cars containing fruits and vegetables resulted ill the transportation of fewer living beetles in the bunkers of these cars than last year. Examination of hundreds of refrigerator cars upon their arrival at mlidwestern terminals from the eastern points resulted ill the finding of 32 living beetles distributed among 20 cars. Nineteen of these infested cars were from the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia and one was from southea stern 'Peln sylva nia. Ninety-seven living beetles in 70 cars were found during similar terminal inspection in the summer of 1936.
Funigation of blnan; a refrigerator cars with hydrocyanic acid in the New York ('itv area was started on July 6, 1937.
Requirements for the fumigation of refrigerator cars for potato shipments and for the screening of cars were lifted on September 1. 1937, since the nliumber of beetles had decreased sufficiently at or near the vicinity of loading points. The seasonal restrictions on fruits and vegetables were removed September 21, but ihe restrictions oni cut flowers remained it effect until Octolher 15.
Fullnligationl of cars was cmcluded at the elnd of August. During the season 16,0507 cars were fuinigated, containing a total of 37.810 units of farm products.
Administrative instructions approvedd April 30, 1938, authorizing fumigation with methyl bromide of potatoes in refrigerator (cars permitted fumigation 4)f tihe loaded cars at Wilmington, Del., and Philadelphia, Pa., the principal diversioln pIoints. During the last half of June alone 735 carloads of such potatoes were treated under this method.
During the period of the seasonal quarantine on fruits, vegetables, and cut flowers inspectors removed adult beetles from 7,550.977 packages of commodities certified for trn sportation.


Tro cover (Iualrantine products nioviing to nonregulated territory for the year, 722.421 certificates of all types were required.
Table 3 shows the quarantined articles intended for shipment from the regulated area and for use in certified greenhouses or surface soil plots, in beeling-in areas, or in plunging areas, which were fumigated or sterilized during the 12-month period.

TABLE 3.-Matceri(tl f[ulifatcd or sterilized under Japa(lfte beetle quarantine regulations, fi.scal year 1938

Treatment Plants Pottilng Sand Surface soil Ber- Potatoes Onions soil soil with ries

Num- Cubic Cubic Square Square
ber yards (ars yards feet feet Crates Cars Bags Cars
Lead arsenate ------252, 895 20 -- 645, 437 3.509, 413 Carbon disulphide gas
or emulsion ---------- 8,791 3,869 103 4,179 36, 051 ---------- 5,524
Naphthalene --------------------73----------- 58, 076 .
Steam .. -------- 419 -Hydrocyanic acid --------- ---- --------------- -------- 26 7704
Paradichlorobenzene O 260,630 ------ -------Methyl bromide---- -------- --------M--- ------ 735 1

Bananas Cucumbers Tomatoes Peppers

Bush- Bas- Bush- IamBunches Cars els Cars Cars kets els pers Cars
IHydrocyanic acid.---------- 6, 625 18 4, 650 11 6 4, 239 1,563 2, 775 5

Onions Eggplant Empty Peaches Sweetpotatoes cars

Cars Bushels Number Bushels Cars Hlampers Cars
ydrocanic acid ......-------------- 25 239 12,414 390 1 10,869 30


Nursery and )ornaental sto('k. sand, soil, earth, pe)t, colmpl(st, and manure were certified for shipment frml the regulated areas durl'ing the year in the following ql;uln tities:
P lants ........ ...............................................................- h 29, ;76, :183
San,1( earh. nd--- ---- --------- ---------------------- ----- -- --filloliP 4D. 20
Sand, earth. and lay ...... arlais 4. 20) Peat .....--td .---.-----------------------------------------------( do- 5
C'omiost and manure. --------------- ---- ---------------- ------- (o.... 181

Fruits. vegetables. Ilass1 and (lit t1overs (ertitied duringg thli, sesonlal quarantine on these articles were as follows: Fruits and vegetables -------------------------- ..------..- I--packages-_ 7. 42, 4::;
Moss -------------------------------------------als--------------- bIs 2
Cut flowers -------------------------------------------------.. ... Ilkages S8, 541
Apparent violatim s of tihe ,Japllniese heetle regulations investigated Iby tlhe Bureau totaled 2,4:16.
Convictions for tranlspmriting (lnaalltilled maiterials from within l1he heavily infested area to outside destinations wit hout inslictionl and (er1tificatioii were ,ecure('d against 18 truckers transporting filarm l ron(lne(t. Seventeel were illterc(epted at Rochester, N. Y., the other nt Buffalo(, N. Y. Onei( corporation was fined for the misuse of Japanlese beetle certifi(.ales ill shipping ivy plants from New York City to Florida. One nmrserymvn was fined $100 for a series of violations involving the mailing (of llicertified plallt material. Fines were imposed by the New York State I)e)a;lrtllent ()f Agricultulre I)pmi three truckers for intrastate lquarantine violations.

The following States in nonregulated territory provided funds or labor for cooperative control or quarantine activities: California, Colorado), Gergia, Illinois, Indiana. Kentucky, Michigan. Missouri, and Norih Carolina.
The city of St. Louis, 'Mo., also contributed funds for the trapl)ing program. ('harlottesville, Va., arranged for treatment (of its infested area. A Bag the Beetle Day in Harrisburg. Pa., procured 2,(0)0.00( beetles in 2 days during July 1937 .
Cooperative conit r*l or quarantine activities in the regulated area again received State fiiiiunds from ('wnnecticut Delaware Maryland(1. Massachusetts, New Jersey. New York, Ohio. Pemsylvania. Rhode Isind,(1 Virginia. and West Vi rgi nia.
The total contributions from Federal welfare. St ate, and city agencies for l;labor and materials used to set and remove traps were approximately $32.5')0.
Experimental work with the iteniatode ~'o(lphlct(mna .glascri ill controllingg established infesta tion.j of the Jailaniese beetle was continued at the laboratory at White Horse, N. J., under the joint cooperation of this Hurealu and the New jerseyy Departnment (of Agricultlure. The principal work related to the rearing of nemnatoIe:.i on artificial iedia until ingestion by the host nd a 1 new method of uniform application of the ineniltod(es into the soil. This wv)rk was fin.iced by ani alh)tmenit o(f $3,0()0 of Fe(deral and( 8$9,(() of State funds.


In addition to sharing interest with other insect pests at four exhibits and in the September release of the March o(f Time, the .Ialnlese beetle was the exclusive subject of an attractive exhibit set upl at the Interninti(onal Flo)wer Show. March 14-19. at the Randnd C(entral Palace. New York ('itv.


The phony peach and pench mosni( )roje'ts were cis(4li(dated at the (c mmneneillint (f the year anld ield hea(luarters were est blishe(d at Little Rock. Ark. By uniting the cintrd ol era(tio s relati g to these tw w) pench diseases, overlapping of two inspectioli forces was eliinated by training inspectors in both tields. Inasimch ns the (isease( areas verl ill the southern midontminent arta, the union li f the pln'je('ts was desira lde.
Islspection ) of nearly 10(,(00)(,W() cu (ltivated host trees min (ver SS.0)0 pr(olperties in 21 States was carried o(n during the year. Trees to the nulber of 21,523 were, found infected with Ilhoy peach disease. and 24.727 disea sed trees, in(.Iln1ing soilme carry-overs, ee destroyede. Mosnic trees to the lllil'r of 57.155 were discmvered(l and 47,919 had ,( been removed Iby the cl('se of the year.


Inspection was conducted in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado,. Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina,. Tennessee, Texas, and Utah. No trees affected with phony peach or peach mosaic were found in Indiana, Maryland, or Pennsylvania. Peach mosaicwas reported this year in seven additional counties, one in Colorado, four in Texas, and two in Utah.
Escaped and abalndo(e(d peach trees are dangerous harboring grounds for these diseases, and nearly 500,000' abandoned trees and over 4,000,000) escaped trees were destroyed during the year.
One of the methods of spread of these diseases is by shipments of infected nursery stock. To reduce this risk all nursery stock and, in the case of peach mosaic, all bludw(od sources and their environs in the infected States are inspected annually. Movement of stock is permitted by the States only when the nurseries meet the requirements of the standard State quarantines relating to these diseases.
Research has developed the fact that certain varieties of stone fruits are or may be symptomless carriers of peach mosaic. Accordingly, the plum trees in and surrounding the heavily infected area in Mesa County, Colo., were indexed with healthy peach scions. These peach grafts will act as a permanent indicator of the health of the plum trees, thereby permitting their annual inspection.
Results of inspection during the field season of 1937 showed a reduction, in number of trees infected with the phony peach disease, of 50 to 100 pr(ent in the lightly infected States anld a reduction in the generally infected States.
This project has been substantially assisted by allotments from Federal emergency relief appropriations and is carried on in close cooperation with the plant pest-control departments of the States concerned.


Inspection of citrus trees for citrus canker was carried on (luring the year, jointly with the States, throughout the citrus-growing areas of Louisiana and Texas, two Gulf coast counties of Alabama, and the adjacent area in western Florida. In Louisiana and Texas, the only States in which the disease is known to exist, repeated inspections were imade of all areas found infected since the intensive campaign of 1935, and inspections were also exten(led into a number of other counties. No new areas were found infected. Canker was found recurring on 12 properties in the noioncoinercial areas of these States. The 103 infected trees consisted of 1-year seedlings in the case of all properties in Texas and one property in Louisiana.
One of the most important phases of citrus eanker eradication consists in the removal of escaped and abandoned trees to prevent their becoming a harboring place for the disease. The success of this phase of the project was aided materially by allotments from emergency relief appropriations. In some areas in these States extensive plantings of nursery stock were set out in past years and later abandoned as an unprofitable undertaking. From these nurseries and al mndoned orchards an extensive seedling spread has developed. Trees (f tl,is Ypet'. I e( thei extent of over 2.5t0, 000, were destroyed inl the anhovementioned States during the year, to prevent their becoming a harboring place for citrus canker.


The major part of the work of the Division of Forest Insect Investigations was again devoted to problems associated with the control of the various species of bark beetles which attack forest trees. Large areas of timberland were surveyed to determine the amount of insect infestation and thus obtain data upon which to base reports and recommendations as to the need for control work. On some of the larger projects entomologists were assigned to give technical advice during the execution of the control operations.

Over 12,000,000 acres was covered with surveys which, in addition to serving as a basis for control work, furnished valuable technical information on the


characteristics of trees attacked by bark beetles, the relative susceptibility of various stands, and the relation between beetle outbreaks and weather. All the accumlated data thus gradually acquired should prove of much value in anticipating future outbreaks.

The surveys showed that condit ions with respect to bark bectie iinfst at hilns in the po nderosa pine stands of California anld ()i'egon were nll ('11 impnl)ivd as compred( with recent years.
The most serious situation existed in the central Rocky Mui)tni in regi(l, where the period of severe drought for th pat ou the s several yeauirs anid tI (t l''espondingly poor tree growth encouraged cat ivities of tI lBla(,k Hills bee(,(tle and allowed this insect to buildl up) to a new peak f not h I l i'ce. The h:lergemi" and most speclttacular battle was w\Viged oln the IRoosevelt Natiotal Forest, where( over 21,(000 infested trees were treated. Inl split of this work there was a known infestation of 9O000 adlitiolal tIrees (i this forlsl, Ilthe tl(eal lt(f o\fhii wite was prevented by the lack of men l and llnoley. ()n th liel Medicine li w N'atio ial Forest about 10,50) infested trees were successfully treated. Ill tIle I)enver Monittaill Parks area a operativee uidert aking, the first o()f its kind, was sliccessfully blr'mght to a close by tl(he tret metit of 7,(0() ilnfe'st ed piines by \' Wr;ks Progivas Adiiiiiiistrtion crews, N national Park S.rvice crews, a d Njti;nila Forest Soervice crews. ()n the IP'ike Natiiomnal Forest over 4.0010 infested frees were treated. Many other smaller (rojeclts were successfully complhi ed throughout the region. However, s le infestations still remain il private and o!Mher lands where control w\ork is iadly needed il order to prevenllt the oldestt r(14ti on of many thousands of additional trees in the next few years.

For several years considerable control work has been directed against file western pine beetle in the overinature stallids o f ponderosa pine in easterin ('alifornia and Oregon. This control wrk has ben oily I partially successful.
Withl the increased funds ;llotted to the Berke!ey. ('alif., laboratory special study was centered on ways of directilng cttiig operations in such a way that suscepltiblo trees and stands ,an le renlove(d 111 utilized before I hey are attacked amind killed by the beetles. As a step in this direction all inventory survey based on s ssceptibility to beetle losses as shown 1iy growth conditions, type, maturity, and incidence of present ;nd(1 past beetle inlfestatiolls ill th st:an (1 was started in 1!)37. T'he imid(!i:t(e )racl'tial alp)llic(ation of tlis lazird i1'1venltory is to guide owners in enrly cutting o(f those areas where heavy losse- are most likely to occuri, leaving the less susceptible :areas ill reserve. Over 500.000 acres was classifie(l during the 1937 season. Completion of tlis pu)rt)je(t will require 4 years.

The southern pine beetle has killed a I rgy amount of mierchantable lobl )l Ily pine, roughly estimated at around 20,000,000 board feet, illn a widespread ()utbrek which has occurred since 19301. The area involved extends frmu thll( eastern slitire of aIrylauud a ind Virginia to North C('ar lina. This outbreak developed following a deficit of several inclhes of raiinfall in the spring atnd summer of 193(. Tl(lre was also a deficit for a mpat of 1!):87 and lhe heetles showed a correspond ingl ill ticease in lllunllllers. Iavier rainfall his occurred in 193S and it is lholped that the increased vigor of the trees will serve as a natural ( check p1)(on the insects. There is need for considerable reselar ch work on this insect and its control.



The role of insects which feed upon and limit bark beetle popul)( tionis is n(w being studied intenlsively, both it Ifi, i tinl ill the lelab( ratory. M\Ich lnew information was secured concerning tlihe two I))ost importalnt eetle l'edaitors, Enoehrus lccontci Wolcott ad 7Trcmnchilh rinrcsc~wns (F.), as ai result of research work during lthe 1987 season. Experiline ntal techniques for racing these predators mnder insectary control was developed.
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During the year studies on the Black Hills beetle in the Rocky Mountain region showed that there is a positive correlation between drought periods as shown by slow growth rate of the pines and outbreaks of this insect. Precipitation data were copied from United States Weather Bureau records for long periods I)receding, during, and following individual outbreaks. Increment cores were taken from a large series of trees in areas where the outbreaks occurred, and the annual radial growth measured from 1915 to the present time. The data show that in the Rocky Mountain region the growth rate of pines is directly dependent on the amount of precipitation. From 1915 to 1923 precipitation averaged considerably above normal and the tree growth was correspondingly good. From 1924 to 192) precipitation was slightly below normal and tree growth declined accordingly. From 4930 to the present time general drought conditions have prevailed, tree growth has been poor, and epidemics of the Black Hills beetle have been numerous and serious. These outbreaks have begun during periods of severe drought and relatively poor tree growth and have continued to build up to serious proportions throughout a prolonged period ,of similar critical conditions.


The forest tent caterpillar has continued to occur in outbreak numbers in various sections of the country, especially in New Eigland and northern Minnesota. Much damage has been done to sugar maple orchards in Vermont and New Hampshire. There was a very large egg population throughout most of northern Minnesota in the winter of 1937-38, but as a result of early hatching, followed by cold weather, which delayed foliage development, mortality among the newly hatched larvae this spring was heavy.

The pandora moth, a serious pest of yellow pines in ('alifornia nud ()Oregon, was found severely defoliating an area of about 80,000 acres of lodgepole pine ~n the Arapaho National Forest, Colo. The lodgepole in many centers of heavy defoliation already appears doomed. Areas for survival plots have been selected in the infestation, and preliminary studies were begun last year on the life history anld biology, although little is yet known about the method of ,ontrol.

i'For the first time several distinct outbreaks of the spruce budworln have been found in pure stands of ponderosa pine. Preliminary studies on this apparently new biological strain of the budworm showed that it limited its activities entirely to ponderosa pine and that it not only severely reduced the growth of infested pines but also killed many laterals and terminals, and its continuance threatens the existence of the attacked trees. The biology of, and control methods for, this new forest pest are being worked out.

Field studies of the Prescott scale (MIat isucocls sp.), which attacks ponderosa pine in Arizona, have further demonstrated the connection of this insect with the killing of twigs known as "flagging." Experiments demonstrated that can be produced by artificially planting large numbers of scales on trees which have previously been free from this injury. Investigations with a spe.ies of Matsucoccus which attacks pitch pine indicate that certain evzyomes secreted by tie salivary glands of the insect will cause death of the tissue when injected into the twigs.


Work was started in the spring of 1938 on a study of insects affecting persimmon trees. This work was necessary because of the discovery, in 1937, of a new disease of persimmon which may possibly be transmitted in some way by insects. The life histories and habits of the various insects, particularly borers, which affect l)ersimmon are being studied in an effort to discover any possible relationship of insects with the disease.



The hemlock borer has infested a large amount of the eastern b hemlock which has (lied in parts of northern Wiscoisiii an(d the I'pper Ileniisula of Michiganii during the last 2 or 3 years. It is believed that this insect is secondary ill its actionmi, in that it is attackinig trees which are very much overmaiture or are weakened as the result of severe diroughit con(litios. Work was started in 1937 to determinlle the part played by the borer ill the deterioration i of these ihetilock stands.

Termite investigation were colldlucted along two lilies, (1) their inspect iol
*of conunercially treated structures before an(1d luring treatment, so as to) observe the practices, as well as to follow up) the efficacy of the c h(elicals lused, :and (2) the treatment of buildings so as to (letermille more specifically tihe value and costs of various soil ploisis which may be 1wu((ed inder certain coiiditiolns ill place of, or as a supp)Ilemeit to, the milore desirable and pe(rmaneitl structural changes. lidivihual records were obltaine(d concerlling 185 buildings treated by 14- coninercial companies and 95 buildliigs treated by the Biureau's iersomiel, 12 differelit chemicals or mixtulres being used.


Studies of Lyetus p)owder-l)ost beetles indicate that hardwood lumbler may possibly be made resistant to attack by modifications in seasoning practices,
-combined with chaiiges iln the tinime of year of felling. This has special significance in relation to supplying foreign markets with L~,ctus-free timber.


As a result of heavy losses from ambrosia beetles or p)ilhole borers in l)ouglas fir-logging operations of western Oregon and Washington, studies were conducted to determine practical methods of prevention or control. The period when logs may be safely left in the woods was determined, and experiments are under way to find methods of discouraging attacks after the logs have been placed in mill ponds.

Considerable work was done to find effective ineans of controlling carpenter ants, which are so troublesome in homes of the Pacific Northwest. Several fumigants and contact insecticides gave satisfactory results, provided all the ant chambers cold be reached with the chemical.


The results of the collection andl culture of a large number of adult elm bark beetles, Scolytus multistriattus Marsh. aiid Hyliryopin ius rufipes (Eichh.), showed that a smaller percentage of the beetles were (onltalinlated with I he fungus organism in 1937 than in 1936. In a study of the mating habits of .8. multistriatus it was found that the fungus may be disseminated among the beetle population as a result of physical contact of the beetles.
Elm woodpiles, slash, dead trees, and broken branches serve as very favor:able breeding places for elm hbark beetles. Where such material is infected with the disease the adult beetles which emerge may carry spores to healthy trees and inoculate theumi with the disease.
Studies made on overwintering larvae showed(l that the total mortality amounted to 8M percent. I)eath of the larvae was due to crowding, blark :and wood conditions, woodpecker feeding, weather conditions, and other facitors. Injury to the bark by woodpeckers ill their search for larvae was found to be a good guide to hark beetle attack.
Experiments were continued to (etermiiiie how to kill undesirable elms satisfactorily so that tark beetles will not breed ill them. Introducing copper :sulphate dissolved in water i water to the sap stream from May to September, inclusive, gave best results.
Observations and experiments were coni(lucted to ascertain to what extellt Jnsects develop itn elm stumps aln whether suhli deve\-tloplmnc t can be pre elnte(l


by applying chemicals to the stumps. Bark beetle galleries were not common in the stumps. Attack and development of cerambycid and ambrosia beetles occurred generally both in untreated stumps and in those to which the chemicals had been applied.


Regular finds were supplemented by allotments from emergency appropriations totalling $1.297,011 and provided for Federal W. P. A. work on the gypsy moth in Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. No emergency funds were made available for brown-tail moth work, and the intensive project on that insect that had been carried on during the previous 2 years was discontinued.
Of the W. P. A. funds allotted, 91.8 percent was paid in wages and more than 98 percent of all workers employed were drawn from relief rolls. The average number of workers employed during the first half year was 1,818. From January 1 to June 30, 1938, the average d(rop1ed to 1,276. Allotments for administrative expenditures amounting to $2S,400 were also provided.
At the beginning of the yetiP personi:el was furnished from 20 C. C. C. camps for gypsy moth work in territory between the barrier z9ne and the Connecticut River iii New Engl'nd.l The number lhs been decreased to 11 camrtps. Therew\as a reduction? frmin the previous year, averaging about 50 percent, in the emlergeIlcy funds available for work on this project. This caused the work, except ill New Jersey and Pennsylvania, to be confined to the barrier zone in New York and New England and to points where the most severe infestation occurred directly east of the zone.
The impossibility of using men on emergency funds or those in C. C. C. camps ill places at all remote from their homes or the camps made it impossible during tle year to cover some of the territory where the 1work should logically be done.
Spraying equipment which was reaching the stage of obsolescence was rebuilt, and inprovenints lmade ill other equipment. Work was conti ued on the development of distrilbuting apparatus to use il an autogiro for effectively treating forest areas by spraying from the air.
Coper atioln was ma intainedi with the Northea stern Forest Experiment Station in connection with systematic thimnnig of selected a reas 1o -reduce the percentage of food plants favored by the gypsy moth without seriously injuring the value of the woodliind stand or eliminating the more useful species. Plots covering over 240 acres were treated and are under observation.
An attempt was made to determine the value and accuracy of estimating the degree of (de(liation lby observing aAnd recording existing cot(iliions from ai autogiro. There are distinct advantages in doing the work in this way instead of by ground survey, and if this plan can be further developed it is believed that the record of defoliation can be more accurately and economically made.
Defoliation by the gyl)sy moth iin territory east of the Connecticut River in thle slluner of 1937 covered 68iS,000 acres, a larger acreage than previously recorded. This was p)articulrly serious in Maine and Massachusetts, where many thousands of acres of solid woodland growth, in addiition to shade and ornamental tr es on roadsides and homnl gl'ro)lllnds, were completely defoliated ill midsummer. Considerable acreage was affected in New IIampshire. A relatively small acreage of feeding by this insect occurred in territory between the Connecticut River and the barrier zone, and no evidence of feeding was reported in the zone or in New York, New Jersey, or Pennsylvania.
The deposit of egg clusters in the summer of 1937 was heavy in many areas, but only a small number were noted in sections where conml)lete (lefolition occurred. Most of the egg clusters were normal or above normal in size, indicating heavy defoliation in 1938. The winter of 19037-38 was iunsually mild, with a moderate snow-fall, and there was every prospect that a high percentage of the (,ggs would hatch in the spring. Early in April the weather was unsesonably warm and watching occurred earlier than usual. This was followed by cold, wet wea her accompanied in many sections by heavy frosts. In consequence, mortality of small larvae during this period was very high alid hence the acre:ge dlfoliated in thle summer of 1988 may be considerably reduced. In spite of unfavorable weather for sprayig (luring the last part of May and in June, 70 sprayers were operated and the larger portion of the program was carried through.
In July 1937 assembling cages to the number of 2,142 were placed in the field in southern New York, 97 cages were placed in 5 towns in New Jersey where it was believed infestation was most likely to occur, and 984 cages were placed


in 13 towns in PIennsylvaiia beyond the outsie rim () of the area known to be infested. Five male mnoths were caught :It t three c:ages in t he eastern part of Putnam County, N. Y., not far from known infested territory. No moths were secured in Pennsylvania or New Jersey. Suiiient material was c(illected in the summer of 1938 for use in 7,100 cages.

Work in Maine was confined to intensive scouting of sites of iiinfstatiolns discovered in 1,987 in Paileyville, Calais, C()oper, Indian Town. Machinlsport, Princeton, Tolpslield, and Tresc)tt, all in Wusinilutoi (ouni ly not far froniI the Province of New Brunswick, Canada. Of the 4 infestatioits fomuid, 2, (( co()nsisting of a single egg cluster, were discovered in lhe re'sitdenitia section( il ()f Calais, and 2, totaling 28 egg clusters, were located in the (,own (of P'rilnceton. All egg clusters were destroye(l by crews(oting, alid it is hoped that these i ifest:tatiois have bieeii exterminated.
The Division of Plant Proltection of tihe IDepartinellt of Agriiltulire f (;lada carried( on scouting in the Province of New Brunlswick ;cross the int('lernational border from the infestations ill Maine. A muinber of snl il iifeslatinS were found in St. Stephen and adjoining territory, and thorough cleai-iup mIncasures were applied.
In YVerimont most of the W. P. A. funds allotted to the Stale were used in scouting within the barrier zone and immediately to the east where the threat to the zoie appeared greatest. Most of the infest nation in the State is in lhe Connecticut River Valley, the insect being found ii many lo('alities froi( the Massachusetts line north to Barnet. Scouting was dole in RIitlanld and surroundiing towns east of the zone, a nd in Ludloh)w, Moullnt olly. and Slhrwsblury clean-up work was applied in several small colonies foinld (luring the winter. No infestation was found in the barrier zone. The sites of infeist nation discovered near the Canadian l)order at Essex aind Derby during 10) were again intensively checked, with negative results. No spraying was und(ertaklen in Vermont this season.
In Massachusetts scouting, the removal of favored fod plants by selective thinning, burlappling, and spraying were p)erfonrmed in the barrier zoiie and a few towns to the east where wind spread into the zone seems imlost likely to occur. In the area between the zone and the Connecticut River illfestatin is present and in iliany places exceedingly heavy. Ini Ihe zome anr more i fiestlations were discovered than during the preceding year. Most of them were in the southern portion. From their small size and scattered (listributimi it seems probable that these infestations were established as a result of wvilhd spread from the east and south sonic 2 or 3 years ago. Eight sprayers were used in the Massachusetts barrier-zone area and tive in treating infestations threiiatening the zone to the east.
In Connecticut W. P. A. and regular funds available were used chiefly in the barrier-zolne area ald most (of this work was c(,iniiled to Litlfield ('miiilty where, because of insufficient labor in 19306 and 1937, infest;ati)n Ih:is increased. Eighteen sprayers were used in treating infestations foid(l ill thliis cintly. In the southern part of the zone in Coniiiecticiut infested areas were iit foumd.
About 85 percent of the W. P. A. scouting and clean-up wirk was dotne throughout the entire barrier-zone area and 15 percent east the z ine.
In New York intensive scouting was done in selected ar(eaS by Federal W. PI. A. forces, C. C. C. camp enrollees, and regular State employees supervised iby the New York Conservation Department. The infestation discovered in Iutlmin Valley in 1!)37 was greatly reduced and only 12 s mall, isolated iiifes tai)os were discovered in 9 other townships in the barrier zmne. Early in t ie yer a sizbl ilfest at ion wa s discovered in tihe towniiship ()f IHague and 14,S65 egg ('lllsters were located and destroyed. The infestation found in Ilthe ow(l o)f Slmwangunk, Ulst er County, in 1937, was soi reldu(ced that extl'erminiation ) it tlie lear future seems likely. No infestation was found in the lorough of the I ronx and only 11 infestations, total ng 173 egg clusters were ho(cated al(1l dest r')yed in Nassau County on Long Island. Twelve Feder"ll al1( live State sprayers were used in spraying the infestations (liscovered ill New York. Foull'tee llhnldred shipments originating in tili( area in Nassau County, regulated on ncc iunit of the gypsy m()th, were ilispectled andl certified as free front this illsect.
A small force of W. P. A. workers supervised by New Jersey gypsy moth employees pIerfolrmd intensive scouting in selected areas ill MIorris alld UI'ion 'Counties. The State force also made Slpecial survey in 17 t(wniships or municipalities in northeastern New Jersey. No evidence of the gypsy moth was found in the State.


In Pennsylvania scouting an(l treatment were continued in Lackawanna,. Luzerne. Carbonl, Mouroe, Pike, and Wayne Counties. As usual first attention was' given to an examination of the lowlands bordering the Susquehanna and Lackawanna Rivers within the area where infestation was first found in this region. Both sides of these rivers, as well as the islands, were covered for 31 miles. No infestation was discovered along the Susquehanna River but twot infestations were found on the Lackawanna River not far from its confluence with the Susquehanna near Pittston. Although infestation was discovered for the first time in the township of Damascus, Wayne County, and in Paradise Township, Monroe County, conditions in the outside territory as a whole haveimproved. No infestation was found at sites of 38 outlying infestations discovered during the fiscal year 1937, and it seems certain that further treatment will not be required in many of these areas. Twenty-seven sprayers were used in the IPennsylvania area during the season just closed in treating the most serious of the infestations found.
The fourth revision of tile State of Pennsylvania Quarantine on Account of the Gypsy -M.Noth was put into effect February 15, 19)38, and provides some modification of the quarantine. During the year 63,281 shipments were inspected and certified as free from the gypsy moth and 15,464 shipments were allowed to move under permit. A total of 136 egg clusters were located and destroyed on shipments offered for inspection.
The condition of the area in Pennsylvania that has been infested for the longest time has improved. A few large colonies were found but no defoliation has been reported since the work ill Pennsylvania began after the original infestation was discovered.
For the last 5 years men have been detailed from C. C. C. camps for work on the gypsy moth project in New Hampshire, Vermnont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, the principal purpose being to examine territory between the barrier zone and the Connecticut River and apply treatment to infested areas to protect the barrier zone from reinfestation. During this period most of the territory mentioned has been examined by these men or by W. P. A. employees supervised by the Bureau. Many areas, however, have not been scouted owing to their distance from the caiips or from points where W. P. A. men were available. The caninp force available for gypsy moth work reached its peak in 1936 an(l since then has decrease(l, the number available in the fiscal year 1938 being 50 percent less than in the previous year. At present 80 men are available from 2 cainps in Vermont, 2)0 men from 4 camps in Massachusetts, and 130 men from
5 canlps ill Connecticut; ill all, 500 men.
Intensive treatment, including selective thinning of woodland, was carried on chiefly in the areas where the heaviest infestations existed that were within the allowed distance from the camp concerned. (hi account of the reduction in C. C. C. force, including a drastic cut in supervision, it was necessary to, concentrate the work where it could be reached by the camps regardless of pressing work in more remote areas.
Some work was carried on in 70 towns, as follows: 17 in Vermont, 23 in Massachusetts, 26 in Connecticut, and 4 in New Hampshire. Infestations were found in 58 towns. Work was done in 525 infestations, 47 of which appear to have been exterminated, since careful follow-up work has failed to show any signs of the pest. Most of those exterminated were iii Connecticut, where the colonies were small and isolated and where it was possible to carry onil the work without interruption.
Because no spraying eqluipmlent was available in the C. C. organization, a large quantity of burlap was usedl as a partial substitute. Bu'lapping is very useful, not only in heavy infestations but in sparsely infested areas. In spite of the large volume of work done in the territory between the Connecticut River and the barrier zone, the insect increased in many localities. Small infestations were eradicated and even very severe ones were greatly reduced in intensity, and this gave added protection to the barrier zone and lessened the danger of westward spread. In local areas where intensive work was done the infestation was reduced. Thinning work improved forest conditions and left many areas less susceptible to infestation and damage. Cooperation was m-aintained throughout the year with the United States Forest Service and various State officials charged with the maintenance and general operation of thecamps.
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An increase was noted in the nuiiimber of gypsy moth egg clusters removed from products offered for inspection and certification. Many wood lots from which quarantined products previously had been moved on the basis of freedom from infestation of the area involved disclosed infestation, thereby greatly increasing the amount of piece-by-piece inspection of forest and evergreen products.
In the course of the year inspectors removed 1,382; egg clusters, 102 larvae, and 25 pupae from material examined prior to removal to noninfested territory. Finds of from 25 to 50 egg clusters on a single carload shipment of lumber were not unconinon. The most heavily infested shipment examined during the year was a carload of lunber inspected at Brownfield, Maine, for movement to Syracuse, N. Y. The inspector removed 116 egg clusters from the boards in this shipment.
Reduction in certificantion activities in a number of sections in the northwestern part of the regulated zone permitted a realignment and a reduction in the nuimlber of districts assigned to individual inspectors. The area is now divided into 18 instead of 21 districts. Inspectors thus released were transferred to districts requiring extra men.
Rules and regulations governing the movement of quarantined products continued as last revised on November 4, 1935. A revised administrative order issued September 13, 1937, added a few items to the articles already exempt from the quarantine restrictions.
Shipments of evergreen boughs started about Novemlber 10, and movements of Christmas trees began on November 15. In western Massachusetts and southern Vermont inspection of evergreen-bough lots was practically completed by the end of November. Christmas-tree inspections continued through December 15. Tabulation of certification recor(ls for the Christmas-tree shipping season of 1937 shows a 20 percent increase in the number of trees inspected. Compared with 634,305 trees inspected in the fiscal year 1937, this year's total was 763,062.
There was a considerable increase in the certification of material intended for manufacture into Christnmas wreaths and decor tive pieces. Many tons of fir balsam boughs, later cut into small pieces for use in ( 1hristmnas wreaths, required individual inspection. In somne instant ces balsam boughs were found so heavily infested that they could not satisfactorily be rid of egg clusters, and certification was denied.
Temperatures above normal in March and April resulted in the hatching of egg clusters late in April in alll New England States except Maine and Vermont. In the latter States hatching started about May 5. Observations by district inspectors in June indicated that defoliation in the woodlands in many districts of the infested area was lighter this year than in the past several years. Unusually early hatching of the eggs in the spring, followed closely by late frosts, caused a heavy mortality among the young larvae.
Sixteen egg clusters. 17 larvae, and a pupa were removed from 24,856 lots of nursery stock certified during the year. Nursery products shipped under certification were as follows:
Shrubs --------------------------------------------------- -----------2,516, 169
Specimen trees --------------------------------------------------------- 46, 194
Young trees ----------------------------------------------------------- 254, 095
Specimen evergreens -------------------------------------------------- 255, 311
Young evergreens -------------------------------------------------2, 142,866
Seedlings, cuttings, and small plants 4-------------------------------------, 066, 30
White pine trees ------------------------------------------- 321, 599
Most of this material was jointly certified in compliance with both the Japanese beetle and the gypsy moth quarantine regulations.
Table 5 gives summaries of the quantities of quarantined products other than nursery stock certified during the year.

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Evergreen products:
Boughs, balsam twigs, and mixed greens u mber Nmber umer I umber boxes or N iles 51, 837 .......... 5s .......... ......r k
h)ols or boles 51, 837 Christmas trees...... -------------------... number. 763, 02 ..
Laurel... ----------------------boxes or bales 12, 508
Miscellaneous .....----------...------------- oe 4, 979 r-pi--.6..- 21- -"
1)o_ .. -....... ... ..... ... feet, roping.- 6, -.218 5 --------- .......
I)o .... ............._ .. truck loads. 2 -- --
Total----------------------------------- ------ -----18,837 63
Forest products:
Barrel parts, crates, crating.... ( ,ase;s, bundles 6. 238
Ios, piles, posts, poles, ship) knees. and
ties- ..-..--- ----..-------------------- pieces 2, 018, 722 78 21 7
Fueli wood ..--------------------------.( do 3, 359 .....---------Miscellaneous wood 1,5-1-------- -- tPulpwood ------..-------------------- c( rds 54, 632 227 ---------- -Lumber---- ...-------------------- boar feet 0, 391,301 1 3 9
Empty cable reels ----------------- nunlmer_ 22, 521 ---------- 5
Shavings -_-- le-------- 0,-- 5); 40.----------------------Shrub and vine cuttings o-------------- ses. 3, 938 ----------------- --Lags.----- ----------------------- bu ndlles- 9, 25
Miscellaneous ----------------------pieces 419, 66;5---------- 2 ------------------D)o--------- .------------------- carloads 41 1:3
Do------..----------------------trucks 2 9 ----------Total -----------------------------------------.........-- .. 20, 213 1, 295 5 21
Stone and qluarry products :
Crushed rock------- -------------------- tons 482 --------- -----------------Curbing---------------------- running feet 37, 155-------------------------------------Feldspar ----------------------------- tons 15, 215
Granite---------------------------- pieces 152, 044
Do ------------------------------tons 11. 23 8 3
Monumental stone --------------------- do_ 22, 035 --------- 0
G rout_ ...... ................... do- 38, 73
Marble ---------------------------- pieces. 299
Paving blocks --------------------__numer 1,098.504
1iscellneous ..----------------------.. es 30, 08---------- ............................
1)o -- ---------------------------.. tons 138
I)o---------------------------carlods 6------------------------------------Total_ ------------------------- ------------ 22,787 8 o1 3

11 female moth.

Apparent violations of 111i gypsy moth and 1 )r()l -tail moth quarlnline investigated nmll)llbered 1,140.
Froln Novmniber 20 to I)ec(nber 23, while shipi Ints of Cirist mas trees were moving from the gypsy mnloth regu la td area i()o New York ('ity via freight and truck, four insp)(ctors were temporarily stationed i thle (ity toI) chec(w(k o(I thew certifiti(cnli of trees upon their arrival. Sev(rl trucklads o(f tuncrtifi(d trees were in t(ercept(ed and( their return to( the infested a ra a(ccomi'( plished. Three Conniectiut truckers failed to return their loads to Itlhe lpilit (f ()riill :)11(1d were prose(cutd. (ne conviction carrying a $2, hine was olbtined. Two cases were pending at the end of the year.



Pronounced dlecreasoes In the inumbner of confirmations of tree(,s infe(tct(d wit h the Dutch (elm disease d(u ring the 1937 foliar season, coi(incidi t with oirlir iand more intensive scouting, flford a basis for hopeI) for (eenttial ( rajdic(ati)n of this disease. Most of thle main infected area is still confined to territory within a radius of 50 miles from New York ('ity. Out',ide this zone of con tinuous infection first-record infections wer(e limitld to Athlis, Ohio, a id Wileys Fo()rd,


W. Va. In Indianapolis, Ind., infections increased from 39 to 85. Negative results of the season's scouting in Cleveland, Ohio, were particularly gratifying, since they confirmed for the second consecutive year the effectiveness of the sanitation program in that city during the winter of 193,5-36. Discoveries of diseased trees in Dutchess County. N. Y., extended the northernmost point of infection to approximately 70 miles from New York City and 20 miles from the southwestern Massachusetts border.

Systematic scouting during 1937 had been in progress for a month prior to the present fiscal year. From June 1, when scouts were placed in the field, until September 30, when yellowing of the leaves forced a discontinuance of the field observations, scouts located 5,497 trees which were later confirmed as infected with the fungus causing the disease. Of this total, 111 were in Connecticut, 4,215 in New Jersey, 1,136 in New York, and 35 in outside States. The only increases were of small numbers of trees in the Connecticut infected zone and at Indianapolis, Ind. New York netted a 33-percent decrease and New Jersey a 23-percent decrease, as compared with the 19:10 foliar season. Total confirmations during the year reached an even 6,500. The grand total of elms in the country confirmed as infected since discovery of the disease in Ohio in 1930 is 29,625.
At the peak of the 1937 scouting season in the several States the scout force totaled 3,111, with 310 in Connecticut, 1,751 in New Jersey, 873 in New York, and 177 in outside areas. The maximum number of W. P. A. scouts in the field was 2,643.
Tentative quotas of scouts set for each State were not filled, owing to the difficulties in securing W. P. A. workers adapted to tree climbing, identification of elm and disease symptoms, and other qualifications necessary for satisfactory performance as scouts. All qualified men in sanitation crews were given an opportunity to attend scout schools, and those found satisfactory for this type of activity were transferred to scout crews.
Return to private enlmployment of men on relief, dismissals for incompetence, and cancellation of W. P. A. workers' relief status made heavy inroads on the scout crews and necessitated the use of a lower grade of relief labor than in any previous scouting season. To offset this heavier load of inexperienced men, a larger number of trained tree workers were employed as crew foremen. The scouts were also required to give more detailed attention to elms showing any abnormal symptoms. This was particularly true in New York. where scouts on the first andl second surveys sampled all elms with minor symptoms and took specimens from all English elms. Confirmation, as infected, of an English elm which showed no external symptoms except staghcadedness and only faint discoloration after repeated sampling was the occasion for the issuance to New York scouts of instructions to submit samples from each major limb of all English elmns observed. Although this resulted in slower coverage of the areas, the intensified sampling lessened the risk of overlooking infected trees.
Closer attention to minor symptoms resulted in a large increase in the seasonal total of twig samples collected for dispatch to the laboratory. The record collection of the year amounted to 9.417 samples for the week ended August 21. The total of samples collected during the summer was 75,1j56, or a 34percent increase for the year.
In extent the three surveys of the work area during the summer of 1937 slightly exceeded those of the previous summer. The entire work area in Connecticut was covered twice, and there was a third coverage of the infected zone plus one-fifth of the protective area. In New Jersey the work area was completely scouted on the first go-over and was entirely covered a second time except for 100 square miles scattered in the work areas of Hunterdon, Somerset, and Warren Counties. A third coverage in New Jersey was carried on in 1,6S1 square miles scattered throughout the work area. Two hundred square miles in the vicinity of localized disease concentrations in six New Jersey counties received a fourth go-over.
On the first survey in New York, scout screws covered the entire infected area and 25 percent of the protective zone. The second go-over in the State extended to 90 percent of the infected area. The third New York survey included approximately one-third of the known infected area.
Approximately one-third of that portion of the protective zone which extends into Pennsylvania was scouted by foot scouts, and the remainder was covered by an autogiro crew.


It is possible for the second consecutive year to cite substantial decrease in the number of confirmiations. Confirmations on Staten Island have decreased from 653 in the sunmner of 1934 to 320 in 1935, 70 in 1936), and 32 in 1937. Similar conditions were found in the Bronx, New York ('ity, where successive years' confirimations of 452, 334, and 185 were this year reduced to S2. In ,Caldwell Township, Essex County, N. J., one of the most heavily infected areas in the State, confirmations declined from 398 in 1935 and 41 in 1(936 to 14 this year.
Scouting of isolated infections in 1937 was directed from field stations established in Baltimore, Ald., and Indianapolis, Ind. Summer activities outside the major infected area resulted inl the finding of 5 confirimations near Wilys Ford(, \V. Va., a single diseased tree in Athens, ()hio, and 25 additional coifirmations in the Indianapolis, Ind., isolated infection. Scouts covering tlerritory surrounding the location where a single diseased tree was found near ('umb'rland, Ald., ill 1936 discovered five infected trees near Wileys Ford. O)ne of these was rather close to the ('unherland tree. Three additional trees coinfirned as infected were closely clustered at a d(istanice of 3 miles froin t he ('umnberland infection, while a fifth tree was found (6 miles farther west. The diseased tree in Athens. ()Ohio, was found by a crew engaged ill foot scouting of railroads running through all area infested with the smaller Iuropean (,lm bark beetle, determined last year in a partial survey of the ()hio River and some of its tributaries. This tree was located oil the bank of the Little Ihocking River, near the Baltimore & Ohio lRailroad. About half the crown had died in 1936, and discoloration was found in the last three annual ringlls.
Cooperative scouting work in IndianaI)olis in 1937 was more eticielltly supervised and more a(lequately manned than in any previous year. Activities in IndianapIolis for most of this year were intensified under the direction of a I)athologist transferred to that point from the field headquarters early ill June. A handicap ill previous years' operations, occasioned by the necessity for employing untrained XW. P. A. scouts, was in a large measure overcome by the assignment of seven experienced tree men on Federal pay roll, each to serve as foreman of a scout crew operating in the city. Five of these crews were each supplemented by an experienced tree worker hired by the State of Indiana. In addition to the systematic scouting ill Indianapolis and vicinity, an alutogiro crew and groinId scouts spent from September 1 to 27 in observations of suburban areas surroundimlg an(1 at some distance from the city.
Following the purchase of two additional autogiros on May 17 and July 14. 1937, the autogiro scouting units were built up to four serviceable giros, with accompanying pilots, observers, and ground crews. One aerial unit s(outeo 11.00.O miles of railroad right-of-way over which imported hurl eln logs traveled from ports of entry to Midwestern veneer mills. This was accomplished by scheduled flying over southern and northern loops of connecting railroa(lds. The railroad scouting for 1937 started on May 21 and was concluded (on August 24. The three remaining aerial crews and their follow-up ground crews performed special scouting, largely confined to mountainous sections of the protective zone that are difficult to scout afoot. One crew spent most of the season in aerial observations inl Orange, Rockland, Dutchess, and Putlnan countiess and a portion of W ,hechester (ounty, N. Y., along with a small section in the ('onnecticut protective zone. Two crews operated in the western strip of protective area bordering the I)elaware River in New Jersey and Ilennsylvania.
Additional infestations of ,(.olytus multistriatus. the principal insect vector of the disease, were found at a number of localities heretofore unrelported. A scout crew located an infestation oil the Indiana sidle of the O)hio River opposite the junction of the Green River, near Evansville, Ind. Another crew, working at Mount Vernon, Ind., found anii elm infested with this species floating in the Ohio River.
Scout schools for the sumnner season of 1938 opened June ; in C'onnecticut an(d New York. Approximately 275 men were trained in Connecticut. In New York 610 men reported for training. Schools started onil Jumi 7 in New Jersey, and at Easton, Pa., 15 men completed the quota oil June 9. Training was also carried on in all the isolated infected areas. Systematic scouting began on June 13, and by June 18 practically all scouts were in the tield.
Following resumption of scouting at isolated points of infection, 17 diseased trees were located in Indianapolis and 1 additional case was (lisclosed -at Athens, S)hio. Previously four trees, confirmed as infected, had been observed at indianapolis during progress of the elmn-saniitation work.


First observation of early-season wilting typical of the Dutcli elmn disease was made inl New Jersey on May 20, 1938, il Somerset County.
The one-millionth culture plate for testing elm chips for the Dutch elm0 disease was poured at the Morristown, N. .1., laboratory on May 13: the first was poured there on June 5, 1934. During 1937 a total of 338,152 pIfates were poured.
For the year the number of samples collected from trees showing apparent symptoms of the disease was 1),80). Upon examination of the cultures 6,5 00 of these were confirmed as infected with the Dutch elm disease. Listed by States, confirmations were as follows: 154 in Connecticut, 4,988 in New Jersey, 1,305 in New York, and 53 at the three isolated infection points i!i West Virginia, Ohio. and Indiana. (ompared with thie previous year's 7,040 confirmations, which marked an increase of 17 percent over 1936, this year's total was a decrease of 15 percent.
Total infected trees recorded to date in outlying areas are as follows: Indianapolis, Ind., 85: Baltiniore 2, Brunswick 3, and Cumberland 1, in Maryland: Cleveland 33, Athens 2. and Cinc(innati 1, in Ohio; Wileys Ford, W. Va., 5:; and Norfolk, Va., 5; or 137 in all.

Extelnsions of the infected zone necessitated by the discovery of diseased elms in the 10-mile protective zone surroul(lding the known infected area were limited to 14 townships and cities. These were as follows: In New Jersey, West Amwell, Delaware, and Holland in Hminterdon County, Atlantic and Asbury Park in Monmoullth County, and Hope Townshllip in Warren County; in New York, Cornwall, Hamnptonburg, and New \indsor in Orange County, ni)d Fishkill. Poughkeepsie, and HIyde Park in Dutchess County; and in (1omnecticut, the towns of Redding and Weston in Fairfield County.
Aside from the Dutchess Coun ty extension, the infected zo()e ( now totals 5,450 square miles, divided as follows: 308 square miles in Connecticut, 3.031 in New Jersey, and 2,111 in New York. These represent increases for the yer of 32 square miles in Connecticut, S8 in New Jersey, and(l 197 in New York. The 10-mile protective zone circumnscribing the infected area comprises 707 square miles in Connecticut, S07 in New Jersey, .507 in New York, and 1,283 in Pennsl vania, a total of 3,304 square miles. This is an increase of 254 square miles over the previous year. The entire zone of field operations totals 8,754 square miles.
Revised Dutch elm disease quarantine regulations, effective November 9, 1937, added to the regulated area all towns infected on tlmat (late. ()ie conviction for a quarantine violation resulted in a nominal fine.

Elns in infected areas difficult to scout and dead and dying trees in the areas of disease concentration were removed at a rapidly accelerated rate. In areas permissioned for clear r-cutting, alpproxinmately 495,000 elims were removed. Also, approximately 528.000 dead and dying trees in the nmjor infected field were removed. An additional 177,000 elms were removed in selective c(utti)g in areas surrounding disease concentrations. There remained standing at the end of the year approximately 131,000 trees tagged for removal, as compared with 338,000 tagged for removal at the beginning of the year. The total number of trees removed in clear-cutting and sanitation work, plus over 6,000 diseased trees eradicated, was approximately 1,206,000. To June 30, 1938, a grand total of 4,530,244 trees have been removed in all activities. By far the largest number of these, 2,775,741, were removed in New Jersey. Such trees as have been removed, although of negligible economic or esthetic value, were recognized as likely centers of chronic cases of the Dutch elm disease and as breeding places for the insect carriers of the disease.
Special elm-sanitation projects were completed at three isolated sections, and at several points of disease concentration in New Jersey. At Athens, Ohio, crews engaged in clear cutting along the Little Hocking River near the location of the initial infection and in the built-up section of the city. In April removal of all worthless trees was begun. Beetle-infested wood was pruned from the remaining valuable elms within 1 mile of the diseased tree. Approximately 30,000 brush elms were removed by May 21.
All elms in the vicinity of the trees at Wileys Ford, W. Va., confirmed as infected were pruned and sampled. In Indianapolis, Ind., 92 men assigned to


wintr-saittini work completed their dut ies by .iue 1. (lear cutting was perforlled ilI several regiolls in New Jersey where elms were found inl the summiiier of 1937. In two heavily infected sections in AlhlImuhy Towinship, Warren (Comity, N. .1., 13 trees confirmed as infected were located around several wood piles containing elmn logs.

Federal activities of the project during the yea r were financed from a regular Iepa rt enlt al aIlppropriat ion of $40(,86i0, suppllemenlt ed by several allotmenits of Works Prl'ogress Administration funds totaling $2,870,686 for field operations and $3-4,00)0 for admiiiistrative expenses.
State approiriations and contributions toward ithe cooperative work aiolli llllted to $140.;00 inii New York. $41.580 inii Ne(w Jersey, aild $25,00(0 as a bieinniil approlrianillo ill (' Oilnn('lcIlnt. lin addition $S41-4, ~8, of W. P. A. fiiuds ws lmlade avi"ilaible iin ('oll('ti(nt folr a progranti of elm pruning and dead-tree remlioval, s)ols(ored and Slupevised by Stiate ollicials. The State of Inu(dhiaa contributed thle services of five exlericeced tree InXc for >3 mont hs. The I)partmllent of Parks of the C'ity of New York took care of the removal of all dead and dying ,ires on city property. AlI)pr(oxiImaIItely $30,(J00 was (xpJendIed ) by 55 m unliiipallities in ('onnecticut carrying out elm-sanitation projects.



During the field season of 1937, 75,062.2GS currant and gooseberry plants (Ribcs) were destroyed on 2,46),356 acres of control area in the protection of over 1.0(00,00(0 acres of conmnercially valuable white pine forest. On the area covered, 1,626,045 acres consisted of initial work and 848,311 of areas covered one or more times previously since 1918. The project required 501,773 mandays of labor. 0
Since 1933 this work has been conducted largely b)y the use of relief labor. The amount of funllds allotted to blister rust control from emergency relief alpropriation acts w\s less than half the amount granted during the previous year, all t as a result the employment of relief labor dropped from some 14,0:10 men in 1936 to a peak emlploymenit of about 4,5010 in 1937. In addition, the nmiuber of enrollees assigned to the work from the (. C. C. camps was less than in the previous year.
The details of this control work are given in table 6.

TABLE G.-Ribcs-crtadica tion Olpertl ioIs for ithe cI ltr yIc r 1.3

Area covered

of areas l:etie Ries deRegion coverId I'otal ini- lahor stroveed Initial one or tial f ti
work rmore work

Acres ltcrs Acres Aaln-does .Xt, mb r Northeastern States ----------------377 223 33 99 71, 722 212. 713 17, 421. 3;7
Southern Appalachian States ------------------ 814. 031 404. 739 1, 2 IS, 77:3 IS112 5, 21 t 1 19
Lakes States .......-------------------------- 2 07 29, 112 310 i.51 6 65t 1 1.5, NS 031
*Western wNhite I)ine arena (Idaho, Montana,
Washington including Mount ltiriier)- -.. 5. 91S 35. 122 121.040 11W. S1 2, ;S3, 975 ugar pine area (California and (I)regon)- _... 27. 051 3-1, 39 (11, S" 52. 670 9, 526. 570 Rocky .Mountain States (Colorado and Wyoig)............................--------------------------------------- 10, 412 ----------..... 10412 4 01 403. 191
'Iotal ....------------------------------ 1,626,045 S13, 311 2. 1 56 50, 773 75.02. 26

Reported s effective S-hour man-days: tihe time actually worked ranked from ; to r ho,-rs ter lday.
2 The annual report (if the Chief of tlihe Bureaui of Entolmolo'y anid 'Plant Quiar rltine for 19a37 (t lhle I1. p. 31) shows 7.71.501 as the nnlllmber of Ribes destroyed ini tihe Lakes tilesls in 193\; This should ie corrected to res,; 57,741 ,01.


White pine areas are considered to be protected from blister rust when the Ribes are removed from the pine stand and for a distance of 900 feet on all sides of the stand. Occasional checking and reworking of portions of these areas are necessary at intervals of 5 to 10 or more years to maintain them free from large bushes throughout the crop rotation.
Of the acreage recorded above, about three-fourths, or 1,795,096 acres, was covered during 1937 by eradication crews paid under allotments to the Bureau of Entomology and Plant Quarantine and to the Forest Service from the Emergency Relief Appropriation Acts of 1.936 and 1937. The C. C. C. enrollees: covered 530,155 acres, devoting 178,870 8-hour man-days to the work. The remaining 144,105 acres were financed by numerous other cooperating agencies. Among the largest non-federal cooperators were the States of New York and Idaho, both of which provided substantial appropriations for the protection of the white pine within their borders.


In the country as a whole there is estimated to be about 30,00,000 acres of control area, which contains between 14,000.00 and 15,000.00) acres of white pine of sufficient stocking to produce a good crop of timber at maturity. The control work is aimed at eliminating the Ribes on these areas so as to make them safe for the continued production of white pine. When the white pine areas are being selected, preference is given to the better sites and more valuable stands of young growth. The northern white pine of the Eastern States, the western white pine of the "Inland Empire", and the sugar pine of California and Oregon are the principal commercial species and have a high present and future commercial value. They constitute the principal white pine resources of the Nation, and the maintenance of all three as a component of our forests is highly desirable. Table 7 shows that initial protection by Ribes eradication has been given to 20,200,712 acres of control area. Of this area, 4,041,132 acres have been reworked. This protection work has been accomplished during the last 20 years through the destruction of 831,857,039 Ribes.

TABLE 7.-Blister rst control accomplishments. 1918-37

Work accomplished 1918-37

Region Initially Rework protected areas sub- Ribes de- Effective
control sequent to
area initial pro- stroyed labor

Acres Acres Number lAan-days
Northeastern States ------------------------------11, 598, 428 3,018,485 234, 60,094 2, 118, 526.
Southern Appalachian States -----------------------4, 191, 779 695, 478 17, 840, 131 154, 619
Lakes States.--------.. -----------------------------. 2, 079, 333 133,823 168, 106,39S 638, 701
Western white pine area --------------------------- 1, 712, 403 114,281 328,785,651 1,367, 382
Sugar pine area ----------------.-------------------- 582, 331 79, 065 80,970, 149 296, 419
Rocky Mountain States_ ------------------------------ 36, 438 ------------ 1,474, 616 13, 099
Total ..------------------------------------- 20, 200, 712 4,041,132 831,857,039 4, 588,746

1 Reported as effective 8-hour man-days; the time actually worked ranged from 6 to 8 hours per day.

In the white pine regions of the country blister rust-control work is performed under State laws which provide the necessary legal authority for carrying out the control activities within the respective States. The work is conducted cooperatively with the affected States and with other Federal agencies responsible for the administration of public lands. The Department, through this Bureau. provides the leadership, technical supervision, and coordination needed to secure effective eradication of Ribes in white pine areas. The cooperating States enforce their respective State laws, determine State policies affecting the work, cooperate with counties, townships, municipalities, and individuals in the eradication of Ribcs, and provide some of the funds and labor for control work.


The Bureau cooperates in a similar manner with other Federal agencies such as the Forest Service, National Park Service, Indian Service, and Soil Conservation Service. These agencies provide funds and labor for such Ribra eradication as is necessary onil the public lands un(ler their administration. The work plans are cooperatively prepa red and carried out, thus assuring mutual interest and coordination of control activities.

The cultivated black currallt (Iibcs nigru m) is the most susceptible species of Iibc(, and is responsible for aiding the long-distance spread and local estab. lishment of the disease to a far greater extent than any other species of Ribcs. For this reason it is being eliminated throughout white pine regions, where it has small commercial value as compared with the value of the white pine. This work is therefore not confined to the control zones immediately adjoining white pinle stallnds.
Cultivated black currants were largely elimiilnated some years ag') in the western white pine and sugar pine regions in order to delay the spread of the disease. In the Northeastern States they have been eradicated whenever found, along with other cultivated Itibcs ill the white pine region, alnd in some of these States have been outlawed and completely eliminated so far as possible. In the Iakes States region they have been eradicated from large sections of the white pine areas in the last 2 years. In 1937, 26,90)4 plants of Ribcs Inigrum were destroyed, mst of these in the Lakes States region.

White pines are extensively used for reforestation purposes, particularly in the Eastern States and in the western white pine region. Many of the State forestry departments, as well as the Forest Service and the Soil Conservation Service of the I)epartment, are using white pines extensively for planting purposes. To assure the planting of white pine free from blister rust, the nurseries producing this stock are protected against blister rust iiifection by the eradication of Ribcs. The protection of such nurseries was carried out in 1937 in and around 121 nurseries, of which 34 were located in the Northeastern States, 36 in the southern Appalachian region, 49 ill the Lakes States, and 2 in the western white pine region. These nurseries were growing 116,845 668 white pines. In protecting them 374,577 Ribes were destroyed in 1937 on 48 376 acres. Most of these Ribes were found around( nurseries being worked for the first or second time. In addition to the protection of white pine stock while it is growing in the nurseries, arrangements are made with agencies engaged in reforestation work whereby the sites to be reforested with white pine are examined prior to their being planted. So far as possible sites are selected that are free of Ribc.s, or that contain so few that these can be easily eradicated.

Trees of high value, such as ornamental pines, pines in public parks, or pines planted on watersheds representing a considerable investment, can often be saved after they have become infected, if the disease has not progressed too far to prevent the effective removal of the diseased portions. Such work is practical only on ornamental pines or planted pines of high value and is not recommendlled as a control measure in native forest areas.
I)uring 1937, 170,163 cankers were removed in this manner from 108.789 white pines in the southern Appalachian, Northeastern, and ILakes States regions. In the course of this w()rk 1,157,133 trees were examined and 106( 15 were found so badly diseased that they could not be saved, and the trees were cut down and removed.

During the fall and winter seasons, when Ribes eradlica tion cannot be cffectively carried on bee.ause of tli drop)Il)ig of the leaves, attention is given to the location and mapping of white pine as a basis for the future application of control measures. The best of the white pine -areas are selected and located on maps, and information is o()taine(l cmnicerning thie pines and ablundlance of Ribcs, and oni working conditions. During 19937. 4,472.811 acres of white pine. are a were mlalipped.


Experimental work was continued to develop improved control practices for the chemical treatment of certain species of western Ribes that are difficult to eradicate by hand methods. In this work it was found that Ribes roczli, R. viscosissinum, and R. evadense, which occur in heavy concentrations of mature bushes, Can be eradicated by decapitating the bushes close to the ground and treating them with Diesel oil of 29 Baum6 at the rate of 0.05 gallon of oil per average large plant. For the treatment of occasional troublesome bushes of these species, the application of 2 ounces of dry ammonium thiocyanate or sodium thiocyanate to the decapitated crowns is effective. It was found that seedlings of R. roezli in reeradication work could be destroyed by spraying with Diesel oil at the rate of 1 gallon of oil per 100 small plants. In such work 3-year-old plants having 15 feet or more of live stem should be decapitated aid 11lhe crown oile(l or grubbed. Experiments were continued with R. bracleOxii) aild RI. 'Cc'I(Hl t(o d(eterlnilne chelmicail (1 0s, for the treatii ent of decapitate(d large bushes of these species with Diesel oil ailid annioniuin thiocyanate. R. cercin occurring inl rock crevices can be treated by decapitation, and treatiment of the crown with Diesel oil of 290 Ba in, or a nixtnure of Diesel oil and crankcase oil (4 to 1), at the rate of onte-third of a gall on of the mixture for the average large clump. Studies were begun on the establishment and growth rate of Ribes subsequent to kibes eradication, to obtain datla fr(mI which to determine the right interval between initial a ni( rework, ndl as a basis for working out better methods for eliminating these plants.
In the West two major developments in the spread of the disease occurred during the season, one in California and the other in western Montana. Blister rust was first found in California in 1936 at five infection points in Del Norte and Siskiyou Counties, all within 5 miles of the Oregon border. In 1937 infections on Ribes were found to be generally distributed in Siskiyn County, and scattered infections were found in Shasta, Trinity, and Tehama Counties. The more southern infection points were 125 miles soulli of the Oregon brder in the Coast Range Mountains along the headway ters of the Trinity River and 120 miles south in the Sierra Nevada just below Lssen Volcnlic National Park. Past experience has shown that the results o(dtaifed in blister rust scouting are usually considerably behind its actual spread. It is therefore very probable thl:it the rust may already be present south of the known limits of infection. The large areas of wild mountaimons conniry to be examuinned and the 3-year incubation of thle rust on pines make it imlpossi)le to ,be certain of the actual limits of spread.
In the Pacific Northwest a survey was undert'laken to( determine the extent to which blister rust is spreading southeastwa rd lowardl the wbitcobnirk pine and limber pine forest areas of the Rocky Mountain region. Since 1927, when the rust was first found in the western while pine region of Idaho. rapid and serious intensification of the disease has been occurring on unprotected areas, and it is now evident that many stands of youn'Y white nine probably will be a total loss before the Ribes can be eradlicated. While the disease has increased in the western white pine region. it has also spread to the surrounding country in which the susceptible whitebark pine and limber pine grow at the higher altitudes. Most of the acreage supporting these species is south and east of the western white pine stands, with extensive areas in southwestern Montana and in WVonoming and Colorado. The rust survey was conlucted during September 1937, and infection on Ribes was found at 16 points in the Bitterroot, Beaverhead, Deer Lodge, and Gallatin National Forests. The discovery of the rust on the Beaverhead National Forest marked the first extension of the known range of the disease in the West to the east of the Continental Divide. The most eastern location was found on the Gallatin National Forest within 19 miles of the northwestern corner of Yellowstone National Park and 26 miles of the Wyoming line. The rapidity with which the rust is likely to spread in the whitebark pine and limber pine regions cannot be predicted. Both these species are highly susceptible to the rust and are associated with susceptible Ribes.
In the north-central region the rust was found for the first time on white pine in Antrim County, Mich., the Bad River Indian Reservation in Minnesota, and Monroe, Sank, LaCrosse, Brown, Trempealeau, Florence, Kewaunee. and Marinette Counties, Wis. On Ribes the disease was found for the first time in Palo Alto County, Iowa ; MeHenry, Winnebago, Boone, Lake, and Kane Counties,


Ill.; Clinton, Washtelnaw, Arenac, Gratiot, Wayne, Livingston, Agemaw, and Shiawassee Counties, Mich.; Fairfield and Lornin (ounti ies, ()hio; nld Trempealeau, Kenosha, Racine, Milwaukee, Walworth, and Waukesha ('omnties, Wis. Practically all the infection on Jibes in counties in Illinois and Wiscollsin resulted from the spread of the ruiist on cultivated black currants.
In the northeastern region blister rust infection is general, the amouniot of the disease varying considerably in different localities. There are in:my local arcams where infection on pine ranges from 10 to nearly 100 percent t of thle trees ill linprotected areas. In well-protected areas pine infection has practically ceased, following the era(lict1tim of Ribcrs.
In the southern Al)alachiai region, extending from Maryland to Georgia, blister rust was found for the first time on Ribcs in Delaware, where it was discovered in northern Newistle County. It was also picked uIp for the first time oni Ribcs in Harford, Baltimore, and (1 Carroll Counties, Md., and inl Alleglitny County. Va. The disease is now Ipresent in most of the coillnti(,s ill the white pine belt extlending from Maryland southward along the Appatlachian Mount ins to central Virginia and West Virgilnia.


All restrictions oil the interstate movement of five-leaved pilles-except to points in two pine-growing regions in which the blister rust has 1lo)t been fo)ud, one in the West and the other in the Southeast-were lifted in a modification of the white-pine blister rust quarantine regulations which b)ecmlie effective July 1, 1938.
An embargo is placed on the interstate movement of five-leaved pines into tlhe western States of Arizona, Colorado. Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, and pI)art of ('alifornia, and into the Southeastern States of Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, from States other than these 11 entire States and from 10 northern California counties.
The currant and gooseberry shipping regulations also are revised. The extensive Federal-State control work throughout the infected States is co tillnued; and in order to protect accomplishments and to maintain sanitation zones around the valuable pine stands the control-area permit reqtuireient is extended to apply to shipments to 23 States. The requirements as to dormancy, defoliation, or dipping of currant and gooseberry plants are continued in the case of shipments to the 12 pine-growing States to which pine shiimniits are prohibited. The embargo as to shipments of European black currants throughout the United States except into 12 Central States is continued unchanged.


A new and serious insect enemy of field crops, the white-fringed beetle (Naupactus Icucolona B oh.), was discovered in August 1936 near Svea, Okaloosa County, in western Florida. It was subsequently found in Walton County, Fla., and in the neighboring county of Covington, in southern Alabama. Surveys immediately instituted resulted in the finding of this pest in New Orleans, La., and in the vicinity of Laurel, Miss.
This insect is native to South America where it is known from Argentina, Chile, and Fruguay. LPrelimninary studies conducted in southernA Alahlanm have shown that it has formidable characteristics. All the beetles are of the female sex and potentially able to rep)roduce at a very high rate. A single beetle may lay as nimainy s a thousan(l eggs ill the course of a few weeks. These are deposited, on or in the soil or aIre atl lhed to) sic('ls, st ones, or vegetation an d, when subjected to dry co((lditions, live for 111a111y m1o)lths, and hatch immediately whei sllplied vitlh moistle. The nwly hatched grubs are capable of living for weeks \vithu()lt foodl a d cani feed ol tllhe roots of almost every kind of herhamolis al(1 ma kinds of woody plants. The grubs :ttack practically all varieties (f Ihld cropsl, hut are esecially fond of cotton, peanut, cowpen):, sweetpI)taito, cor, nI d v\elvetoi nli. They ave, however, already b1een found feeding on 124 s)(pecis (of pll its b)el( gin to 41 families. The fiull-gro wnii gribs have liV 'l 'Is lomg as 1i1 i days when fully sullmerged ill water. As they fe(d on i ie l'0ft s ; 11lnt 'rrod s1 ellis of plants, embedding themselves ii t heir issue's. they are, very likely to be traniis104447-38 3


ported long distances through the shipment of nursery stock, either on the plants or in the soil surrounding the roots. As this insect is believed to have been present for some years, it is probable that spread by such means has already occurred. Fortunately the adult beetles are wingless and can spread unassisted only by crawling over the surface of the soil. Like the grubs, however, the beetles feed on a variety of plants, both cultivated and wild. Among their favorite cultivated host plants are cotton, peanut, velvetbean, and blackberry. As many as 80,000 beetles have been collected from one-half of an acre of cotton in 4 hours' time.
Active investigation of the biology and methods of control of the whitefringed beetle are under way. It has recently been found that a 25-percent emulsion of ethylene dichloride applied at the rate of 1 gallon per square yard killed all the grubs in the soil. Many kinds of insecticides are being tried against the adult beetle, as well as various mechanical methods of control.

As stated in the last annual report, 20 States were furnished bait materials during the campaign for the control of grasshoppers. The formula used in estimating the number of tons of bait furnished was mill-run bran 500 pounds, sawdust 1,5!)0 pounds, and sodium arsenite 10 gallons. The total amount of bait furnished the cooperating States was 75.39.37 tons. The total expenditure for this and its transportation was $1,125,600. This statement of costs is based on the expenditures from Federal funds and special additional expenditures by State and local agencies in carrying out the cooperative control work. It does not, however, include salaries of county agents and regular State employees who participated in the organization work, or the labor of farmers who distributed the bait.
The estimated value of the crops saved by these operations was $102,288,177, or a return of $51.78 for every dollar of expenditure. In addition, the control work made possible the harvesting of crops that would otherwise have been destroyed. In view of the vast areas infested, little effort could be made to do more than protect most of the cultivated crops. An offensive warfare against the hordes of grasshoppers hatching on range lands, public domain, or other extensive uncultivated areas was impossible. Owing chiefly to this fact, invasions of grasshoppers from such sources are estimated to have destroyed crops to the value of $05,S27,215. The work of the season, however, gave proof that effective control cani be obtained by baiting in accord with recommended methods; that, when applied as recommended, control measures can be used without injury to man, livestock, or wildlife; that best results are obtained when the work is done on a community basis; that efficient organization is necessary to obtain the best results: that provision should be made for control work on highways. right-of-ways, and uncultivated areas adjacent to crops; that plans slioul(l be made and a mnounced early in the crop year and before gra sshoppers have hatched; and that, where practicable, methods of control other than. baiting should be used as auxiliary. The usual grasshopper survey, conducted in the fall of 1,837, developed the fact that in addition to the 20 States involved in the campaign of 1937, four others, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, al (d Washington, contained serious infestations and would have to be included in any plans for control in 1938. It was also shown that, in spite of the successful control campaign for the protection of crops waged in 1937., heavy intensifications of infestation had occurred in the Great Plains and Northern Rocky Mountain States. Estimates based on this survey indicated that, barring general weather changes unfavorable to hatching in the spring of 1938, the bait requirements for an adequate campaign would be not less than 180,000 tons, or practically twice those of 1937.
The results of the research work on grasshoppers during the previous 2 years proved most valuable in 1937 when, owing to an acute shortage in wheat bran, they permitted the adoption of a formula which had been tested previously and that substituted sawdust for an additional 25 percent of the bran previously used. It is estimated that by the use of this formula a saving of approximately $5 per ton of bait was made without apparent loss in effectiveness.
A revised edition of Farmers' Bulletin 1691, issued in April 1938, contained the most recent information regarding improved formulas for grasshopper baits, together with timely information on efficient methods of distribution.


Studies of the important species of range-infesting grasshoppers conducted in Montana demonstrated that, where these grasshoppers were present in numbers of 20 per square yard, they had destroyed no less than 67 percent of the range vegetation in 2 months' time. One of these, tihe long-winged grasslhopper (Disso. tcira longI!ipcnnis (Thos.)), was the chief species injurious to. crops in easterll Colorado, northeastern New Mexico, anid the Panitaildles of Texas anid Oklahonima for the past two seasons, where it callused Cro losses over wide areas. This emphasizes the importance of the present studies of range grasshoppers. Owing to the low intrinsic value of most of the lands coniceriied in this problem, poisoning for grasshopper control onii them by present nmettho(ls is not practical. It is hoped, however, that through a comIprelhensive study of the entire problem a method of handling such lands can Ie worked out which will result in eliminating or greatly diminishing outbreaks originating 011 such areas.
Further improvement and simplification of methods of protecting sweet corn from the attacks of the corn eIrwormi resulted from stu(lies of the year. These results furnished alternative methods of protection, botli of which promise satisfactory control for the earworm in early-market sweet corn and llso for sweet corn grown ill the home garden. One of these 1onlisists )f the insertion in the ear tip, after pollination lhas occurred, of a machlilie-niade tablet of hexachlorethane containing 0.5 gram, following which a simple wire clip is slipped over the silks and self-fastened. The gas generated within the ear kills alny worms present and remains long enough to protect it from further invasion without injury to its flavor or otherwise. The alternative ethod is even more simple, consisting of the injection into the silks of a few drops of mineral oil of medical quality, and the subsequent placing of the wire clip. Expensive field tests are now being made of these methods, and it is expected that full directions for their use can be published at the close of the season of 1938. Applications for public-service patents on these inventions have been niade to render them fully available for free publi(, use.
I)uring the protracted and extensive droughtss that began in 1)30, throughout the region inhabited by that strain of the European corn borer which has usually exhibited only a single generation annually. there was an apparent cessation in the ral)i(d western spread of the insect which was an alarming: feature of the period( 1921-)00. In 1)30 significant increases in the rate of infestation were observed in southeastern Michigan and northwestern Ohio 1but a decrease in infestation was noted in southwestern Ohio counties. In 1107 there was not only a marked further increase in rate of infestation in southeastern Michigan an(1 nortlhwvstern Ohio but also a distinct increase in the, southwestern counties of Ohio and( an extension of severe infestation into northeastern Indliana. In early sweet corn in Lucas ( 'ounty, Ohio, the infestatiin in 1137 reached an average of eight borers per pIlant. and reports received( in the spring anid early summer of 1930S revealed that there has oclrr'ed an ala ring further increase in this area.
Serious injury to the corn crop by the corn borer in Indiana. Michigan, anmi Ohio is indicated for the near future unless vigorous cont rol inmasures for the Ipest are at owle rmelwed on a cOlnmunllity basis.
In the region where thlie EurolIpel corln h rer p)rodlices two gliene rti )onls annually, extending from central New England along the coast soutllwar(; to the Virginia ('pes. similar intensification of i nffest action was recorded. Eastern .lassachuselts, c(ltral Connecticut. southliern New .Jersey and I )elaware, and the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia are most lheavil involve(ld.
Progress in the development of strains and varieties of field corn exlibiiting resistance to the Euroipeaii corn borer (lemon(llstrated that onle o)f the cross showing inherent resistance possesses a quality that serves to reduce the numbers of borers surviving on it, and that those borers whicll do illrvive become stunted and Inck vitality to survive winter conditions. There is inCreasing hope that coinercia l varieties eventually will he produced whih will assist materially in the control of this pest.
Methods were perfected during the year which will permit ;uaisfactory (-oiltrol of the European corI Ihoruer oil eaily-niarkt sweet corn. vlwher Thlie margin of profit is sufficient to allow reasonable expenditure for control ourposes. This consists of the application of sprays and dusts count a iii iiig nico)tine taninate, by the use of which it is possible to produce yields of '4wroet corn having 9) percent of the ears free from )orers. This method is applicable to sweet corn grown in the home garden.


At the beginning of the growing season of 1937 the hessian fly was not numerous, and infestations were light or scattered in character. During the fall weather conditions proved more favorable for the insect, with the result that infestation increased rapidly in some localities.
The results of tests of 16 varieties of spring wheat with a view to the selection of those resistant to the hessian fly supported previous tests in that the varieties and selections previously exhibiting a high degree of resistance again showed much lower degrees of infestation than (lid those in the check plots. In similar tests of 51 selections of hybrid spring wheats in which deposition of eggs by the fly was very heavy, a number of these selections showed real promise of being materially fly resistant. In extensive tests of hybrids and selections conducted in cooperation with the Bureau of Plant Industry at La Fayette. Ild., out of 574 selections tested 91 showed conclusive evidence of resistance in the pmc'seue of (,heavy infestation, and have been reserved for further breeding work.
An expIeriment was begun in the fall of 1936 with hessian flies from California and Indiana, respectively, to determine the reactions of these strains of the insect toward certain differential varieties of wheat. The results thus far obtained indicate strongly that these lies represent different biological strains of the insect, since they reacted distinctly toward the test plants.
An extensive outbreak of the true armyworm occurred in the spring of 1937 in western Mississippi, southeastern Arkansas, and eastern Oklahoma. This afforded unusual opportunity for the comparison of control methods. In Mississippi more than 75,000 acres of winter oats was infested and much of this was dusted by the growers with calcium arsenate applied by airplane. Satisfactory results were obtained in this way where good coverage occurred with heavy doses of from 18 to 30 pounds of the insecticide per acre. Comparative large-scale tests made by Biureau investigators with the use of standard poisoned-bran bait showed that this method of control was, in general, considerably superior to dusting. Field studies of the degree of chinch bug infestation, made early in 1938, indicated that there had been a further recession in the general outbreak of the chinch bug that began in 1932 and reached its peak in 1934. The cool wet weather of the spring of 1938 throughout the Corn BIelt apparently served further to repress the insect, and it is now apparent that the general outbreak has definitely waned.
In experiments to determine the liability of transportation of the alfalfa weevil through colnmerce in hay, it was shown that a very small infestation of the weevil survived for a period of S months in baled native (Utah) grass hay. In alfalfa hay grown in a sparsely infested area in Idaho, and baled from haystacks in winter, small numbers of weevils survived for as long as 9 months. Weevils lived for nearly 7 months in experimentally baled hay stored under outdoor conditions, as contrasted with 3 to 4 months indoors as shown by the results of 1937. The female weevils surviving in such baled hay laid fertile eggs after being supplied with fresh food and being placed in a wa rm room.
A survey during June 1938 developed the fact that the alfalfa weevil had appeared in 12 new counties in 5 different States, viz, Douglas County. Oreg.; Big Horn County, Mont. ; Big Horn, Hot Springs, Laramie, Park, and Was' akie Counties, Wyo.; Banner and Kimball Counties, Nebr.; and Pitkin, San Miguel, and Weld Counties, (Colo. The infestation in Weld County is of special interest, as it marks the appearance for the first time of the alfalfa weevil on the eastern slope of the Continental Divide in Colorado. During the year an extensive manuscript on the bionomics of the alfalfa weevil, which reviews in a comprehensive way the results of all the work with this pest to date, is being prepared for publication.
Experiments in the control of the potato leafhopper on peanuts confirmed the results obtained the year before, thus demonstrating that the application of dusts composed of copper and sulphur resulted in increased yields of from 30 to C60 percent of field-cured peanuts. The results of such work were published cooperatively as Bulletin 316 of the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station.
A survey made to determine the extent of injury by the sugarcane borer to the sugar crop of 1937 showed that 16.5 percent of the joints were bored as


compared with 8.7 percent in 1936. From nearly complete sugar-production figures it is estimated that through the work of this pest the growers lost sugar to the value of $3,583,000.
Experiments made with a view to breeding varieties of sugarcane that may exhibit resistance to attacks of the borer indicated that a New Guinea variety, introduced by the Department in recent years, may be of value as a parent cane in breeding for resistance to the borer.
Recovery was Imade of a tachinid parasite of the sugarcane borer introduced from Cuba in 1936 at Grand Isle, La. It was found that the rate of Iarasitization at that time was 11 percent. Whether or not this record ilndicates permanent establishment can be determined only by subsequent observation.
Recent studies with cryolite applied as a dust for the control of Ihe sugarcane borer gave considerable encouragement. It was found that the unt reated plots contained from S to 10 times as many borers as those treated with the insect icide.

Many millers depend on chloropicrin, or tear gas, for the periodic fumigation of individual machinery units. Tests of this gas under actual commercial conditions, conducted by Bureau experts, have shown that doses up to 11/, pounds per unit killed all adults of the flour beetle but failed to kill most of its eggs. As a substitute for this it was determined that a mixture of ethylene dichloride 75 percent and carbon tetrachloride 25 percent gave equally good kills of adults and larvae and far better kills of the eggs. It is much less disagreeable to use and costs only one-eighth as much as chloropicrin.
The preservation from the attacks of insects of rough rice in storage has long been a serious problem. Most of this product is stored in loosely coilnstructed warehouses and mills throughout the Gulf or Southern States. The rice becomes somewhat infested with insects before harvest; and this infestation, when carried into storage, increases rapidly under the prevailing mild and moist climatic conditions, frequently causing an immense aggregate loss to the growers and processors of the grain. Observations were made during the year on the fumigation, under atmospheric pressure, of 2,500,000 pounds of rough rice stored in a tightly constructed warehouse having a capacity of 100,000 cubic feet.
The rice was fumigated with liquid hydrocyanic acid at a (lose of 13,' pounds per 1,000 cubic feet of space, applied at a temlnperature of 8:l F. for a period of 72 hours. This resulted in a complete kill of all stages of the insects; thus indicating that, when stored in suitable buildings, the fumigation of rough rice is perfectly feasible.
Further experiments with borax as an insecticide for application to rough stored rice developed the fact that, although it killed nmst of the insects, the boron was adsorbed by the grain in sufficient quantities to render its use undesirable.
A new and valuable method of fumigation for clean rice was discovered. The atmospheric fumigation of stored rice with hydrocyanic acid gas has not heretofore proved successful because the outer portions of the mass absorb much of the gas. A relatively expensive method of fumigation under vacuumni has therefore been used to control the insects in this commodity. It has now been found that by spraying the grain stream with liquid hydrocyanic acid Is it moves into a closed tank or container, so that the fumigant reaches all the grain, all insect life in it is killed. This discovery should result in large savings to millers and processors of rice throughout the South.
Loss from insect attack on cattle feed held in storage is often heavy. Studies of a practical method of fumigating such feeds in a vault under atinmosplheric pressure have (ldei nonstrated that an application of 7: ounces of liquid hydrocyanic acid per ton of feed killed all insect life in sacked feed when this wvaS left undisturbed for 48 hours after fumigation was finished.
A study, in representative mills of the Middle West, of the methods used to re-dress flour revealed that there was lack of uniformity in the methods used, and that a few mills were using systems capable of removing insect infestations from finished flour. ContamninationI was found to originate from blending of returned flours, blending in of purchased or stored clear flours, the use of reels instead of sifters in re-dressing flours, and the location of conveyors, chlorine agitators, and elevators between the re-dress machinery a nd the packer bins. To obviate these faults, a model system of handling flour was outlined and published during the year.



When the white-fringed beetle was discovered recently in the Gulf States it was recognized as a possibly serious pest. Parthenogenetic in its development, prolific in reproduction, feeding on a wide variety of plants, diverse in methods of distribution, and not vulnerable to attack at any point in its life history, this insect presented a serious problem in control when this project was started in July 1937.
Though the infested area is probably not delimited as yet, the white-fringed beetle is known to occur in the counties of Escambia, Okaloosa, and Walton in western Florida; in the counties of Covington and Geneva in Alabama (though in the first few days of July 1938 it was found in Conecuh, Mobile, and Monroe Counties. Ala.) ; in the counties of Covington, Harrison, Jackson, Jones, and Stone in Mississippi; and in three parishes in the immediate vicinity of New Orleans, La. To determine the infested areas was an active part of the program during the year. A five-phase survey plan was developed in the current season involving regular personnel and volunteers. Work by the regular personnel consisted of (1) intensive inspection of known areas to determine outer limits, (2) extensive surveys in infested States to find outlying infestations, (3) spot inspections in neighboring States and more remote areas of infested States for chance discovery of possible incipient infestations, and
(4) inspections by State pest-control officers of planting points or destinations of shipments of nursery stock, made during the past 3 years, from nurseries
-now known to be infested. These shipments went to 44 States and the District of Columbia. Work by volunteers contemplated the cooperation of Boy Scouts, Future Farmers of America, county agricultural agents, home demonstration agents. and garden clubs. Splendid cooperation was given. A tax,onomic unit was established at Gulfport for determination of specimens submnitted by survey personnel.
Large-scale experiments in control methods were conducted in the original known infested areas. The use of calcium arsenate dust on foliage kills
-enormous numbers of beetles. Dust-mulch furrows and post-hole traps show promise under certain conditions. Clean cultivation, burning of plants, and weed-killing sprays on foliage contribute to starvation. Precipitation presents a difficult factor in the use of some of these methods.
The shipping of many products, such as lumber, nursery stock, cotton, cottonseed, soil, etc., from the infested area presents serious difficulties on the control of spread of the pest. Efforts are being made to determine the practicability of fumigation of products to permit movement from the area.
Full cooperation is being afforded by the infested States toward inspection, control, and prevention of spread. State quarantines and local ordinances are in force regulating the production and movement of products liable to encourage or distribute the pest. Local W. P. A. projects are assisting materially in control operations.

Federal funds were allotted for the control of Mormon crickets from appropriations for the control of incipient and emergency outbreaks of insect pests and plant diseases. The control program was designed on a crop-protection basis, in which Federal, State, and local governmental agencies could cooperate in furnishing supervision, materials, transportation, and labor.
Field headquarters were established at Salt Lake City, Utah, and understandings were developed with States, counties, and communities in which infestation occurred as to the basis of cooperation and the responsibilities of all interested agencies. Federal funds were to be used for supervision, the employment of labor, the purchase of light dusting machines when necessary, and the furnishing of dusting materials and oil as an offset to locally furnished equipment or labor. Cooperating States were to furnish additional technical and supervisory personnel, transportation for labor, materials, and equipment, and mixing and storage plants, and additional dust materials and oil. Over 150 power-dusting machines were purchased by communities and individuals.
The peak of control operations was reached late in June, when over 950 laborers were employed by the Bureau in infested areas. Work was conducted in the States of Colorado, Idaho, Montana,. Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, U7tah, Washington, and VW yoming.
Barriers of various types were used to stop the crickets in their march from breeding grounds in mountainous or waste areas to agricultural land. Metal


strips 10 iliches high, totaliMng 18, niiles ill length, were repeatedly erected, and traps were constructed at intervals along this barrier to catch the crickets. Fifty-six miles of earth barrier were erected, and oil films were maintained on 338 miles of available streams and irrigation ditches to kill crickets attempting to cross.
When crickets were "bunched" or were on the march, sodium arsenite dust was applied on them with hand or power dust guns. By the close of the year more than 150,000 acres had been dusted in the control campaign of 1938, and despite heavy migrations from breeding grounds to agricultural lands exceptionally fine control was effected with these methods. On nonagricultural land in some areas trees, shrubs, and small native plants were severely injured. Cattle were reported to be leaving infested range land because the range was denuded by crickets.


Federal inspection and certification continued with the personnel necessary to fulfill State requirements prescribing that host material likely to spread. the European corn borer must bear Federal certification before entry into Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Louisiana, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, and Utah. The major portion of the work was performed in conjunction with inspection activities under the Japanese beetle and gypsy moth quarantine regulations.
With the increase in corn borer population in several extensive dahliagrowing sections of southern New Jersey, more detailed inspection of individual lots of dahlia tubers was required beyond the regular field scouting to determine presence or absence of the borer in dahflia plantings. Lowered production and poorer-quality tubers were in some instances attributed to heavy borer invasion.
Inspectors issued 21,460 certificates authorizing the movement of plant material having an estimated value of $199,000. The volume of work closely paralleled that of the previous year.


An important change in the black stem rust quarantine, effective September 1, 1937, was the addition of the States of Missouri, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia to those previously designated as protected. This action was taken at the request of the four States concerned and in consideration of the rather extensive eradication of rust-spreading barberries carried on in these States. Nurserymen in various parts of the United States may be supplied with Federal permits authorizing the shipment of immune species of barberries and mahonias into any one of the 17 protected States. Such permits are issued only for nurseries where, as determined by inspection, none other than rust-resistant species are grown. During the year such permits were issued to 34 nurserymen and 1 dealer. The Japanese birberry (Berberis thi unbergii), an immune species, and its horticultural varieties, are exempted from the quarantine requirements. Twenty-live other species of barerries have been determined as eligible for shipment to the protected States under pernii t.

The number of rust-spreading ha rberry bushes in Colorado, Illinois. Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Northi I):kota. Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming has beeni, greatly reduced since 19 )3. when the first of several allotments of funds a)Irrol )ialted for the relief of the unemployed beca me available to the Bureau for tlie 'expansion of field operations in connection with this and similar projects. Therere are more than 100 species of barberry in the Unite(l States that are susceptible to attack by the fungus causing stem rust of whileat, oats, barley. rye. and many native grasses.
During this period aln intllensive survey hlas been made of all uncultivated lands in more than 350 counties, and ( all !harberrvy hlushes found have been (lest royed. Known areas of infestation have been brought under control in an additional 240 counties. As the erlidicaltion program progresses, all infested areas found are carefully mapped, affected properties recorded, and counties in which the work has heen completed are classified by townships with respect to future survey needs. Of thile 980 counties making ul) the 13 St;tes coin-


prising the original control area, progress maps for 946, showing the present status of control operations, have been completed, and copies are now on file in the Washington office. About one-half of these have been prepared on the basis of results of control work conducted prior to the time that emergency funds became available. When another more intensive survey is completed in these counties, revised progress maps will be prepared.
In Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, eastern Colorado, and western Nebraska known infestations are now under control, and it is expected that there will be little need for the extensive use of labor after the close of the next field season. Results of control work conducted in these States during the past 3 years indicate that the remaining bushes are widely scattered, and plans for a maintenance program are now being considered which will provide for reinspections in areas where bushes have been found, the location of those missed during previous surveys, and continuation of an annual rust survey to determine localities in which prevalence of stem rust indicates the presence of bushes.
In eastern Nebraska, southwestern Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, and States east of the Mississippi River the program is not so far advanced, and there are many known areas of infestation needing attention just as soon as available funds will permit.
In addition to work completed in the States listed, a vigorous program has been continued in the more important grain-growing counties in Missouri, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia, where extensive eradication programs were first undertaken in 1935. In Pennsylvania and the Virginias the topography, weather conditions, and other factors are such that stem rust may b)e controlled locally by removing barberry bushes from uncultivated lands in and immediately adjacent to important grain-growing communities. In these States farmers are taking an active part in the eradication of bushes on and near their own properties.
Table 8 summarizes the progress in barberry eradication during the year. In analyzing the tabular information, it should be kept in mind that figures for Virginia. West Virginia. and Colorado are hardly comparable with those of other States in the control area, as much of the work conducted in these States during the year has been in areas where native species of barberry are prevalent. Bcrbcris fetdleri in Colorado and B. cantadcnsis in the Virginias grow in patches. often several rods in diameter. which accounts for the relatively large numbers of bushes destroyed in these States.

TABLE 8.-P'ogrCss of barberry eradication during the fiscal year 1.938

State Territory Properties Bushes de- Salt used surveyed cleared stroyed

Square miles Number Number Tons
Colorado --------------------------------------------- 564 114 1,948, 351 64. 94
Illinois -------------------------------------------- 3, 890 200 7, 420 6.07
Indiana .------ -------------------------------------- 3,325 61 342 .86
Iowa ---------- ------------------------------------- 5, 503 381 21,707 37. 11
Michigan ..--------------------------------------------- 2,634 437 231,615 104.17
Minnesota-----------------, -------------------------749 220 2, 266 23. 20
Montana .----------------------------------------- 1, 100 10 866 .35
Nebraska ----------------------------------------- 3,700 56 410 1.68
North Dakota --------------------------------------- 1, 700 8 641 .92
Ohio ---------------------------------------------- 3, 250 256 48, 575 56. 68
South Dakota ------------------------------------- 1, 702 13 25 ,06
Wisconsin ------------------------------------- 1,120 260 86,962 93.41
Wyoming --------------------------------- 280 3 3 0
Total ------------------------------------ 36, 517 2,019 2,349,183 389.45
Missouri ------------------------------------------- 1,875 49 493 .55
Pennsylvania --------------------------------------- 1, 388 1,095 4, 160, 788 548. 34
Virginia --------------------------------------------- 113 374 9, 666, 586 582. 62
West Virginia -------------------------------------- 147 207 15,975,812 975.79
Total ---------------------------------------- 3, 523 1, 725 29, 803, 679 2, 107. 30
Grand total ----------------------------------- 40,040 3,744 32, 152,862 2, 496. 75



Extensive observations were made during the year to determine the source of inocultun causing the widespread stemn rust epidemic in 1937. Fromn a coinparatively limited number of urediospores overwintering in Texas, and possibly some migration of spores from southern Mexico, stem rust multiplied rapidly early in May ill northern Texas, where grain crops were heavy and succulenit. Under wind anid moisture conditions favorable to rust development, the epidemic spread northward and eastward as the season advanced. Il the winterwheat area there were heavy losses in certain sections of northern Texas and part of northeastern Oklahoma, eastern Kansas, Missouri, central Illinois, and south-central and southwestern Ohio. Farther north, in the spring-whe:at region, the epidemic reached its greatest intensity in northeastern South Dakota, southeastern North Dakota, and west-central Minnesota.
During the year 1,117 aecial and uredial collections obtained in the United States and northern Mexico were ideiintified. From those collected in the United States 22 different physiologic races-of the stem rust fungus were isolated and 13 were identified from collections made in Mexico. Race 56 was by far the most prevalent in the United States. It cmprised 55.7 percent of all isolates. Race 38, the next most prevalent, conlprised 8.7 percent of all identifications. Races 11 and 49 were about as common as 38. Others identified ineluded races 17, 36, 19, 34, 57, and 146. Race 4., which was ne of the mllst prevalent several years ago, constituted only 1.1 percent of the isolates made this year. Race 57 had been found o)lly once previously, and that was in 1929. Race 146, found for the first time in 1936, was again identified fiur)n collections made this year.
(11 the basis of complete rust surveys, such as those made ill recent years, and prompt identification of prevalent forms. it is possible to determine several weeks in advance the varieties of grai that are likely to be severely attacked by stem rust, allowing, of course, for the influence of weather conditions.
Marquis and Ceres. two varieties of hard red spring wheat, are highly susceptible to race 56. Thatcher, a new spring wheat variety, is highly resistant to race 56.

Studies to determine the susceptibility of unclassified species of barberry were conducted under controlled conditions at St. Paul. Minn., and under field conditions at the Foreign Plant Iintroductioni Gar(dli, Bell, Md.
An exceptionally good test of more than 150 species of barberry was obtained this year at Bell, MId. Conditions were such that an abundance of infection resulted from inoculations and, with the follow-up work to be done under greenhouse conditions, many species heretofore considered questionable will he definitely classified, by the close of this field season, as either resistant or susceptible.
The results of susceptibility tests conducted during the last 4 years have established 102 species as definitely susceptible when inoculated under outdoor conditions, and 1 species as sufficiently resistant or iullnl e to be considered safe for propagation or distribution within tile protected Stat es. Species that have been determined as definitely resistant or definitely susceptible will be removed fri()i the toklst pl ots before illociilatit'us are lmade Kext year. Type spe cimens of each species collected from anywhere in the United States will be retained iii a barberry garden for observation ill coiiecti0ii with taxonomic studi es.

During the summer atnd fill of 1937, 46 eastern alid midwestern nurservymot 1 Plilaning interstate shipment of immine species of Bcrbcris and [Mal!on ia (other than Bclrbcris thi bc('rii) made :applictal ion for tl e required ilslpelit i of their properties. Rust-susceptilble barberry plants to the numll er of 2.,70 were destroyed during the coursere d lhe ilnspecti on work. vwhlich i evolved more than 10.500 cres of nursery stc. Thirty-t hree nulrserven fulfilled the requirements of quarantine No. 3S (revised() anid were granted interstate shipping permits by the Division of Doniesti Ilant Q mran ines. Nine failed to qualify, aid no action was talken inll thlie ciase of four peiindillg further cleani-up


work. During the year the Bureau received for identification, through the mail, more than 150 specimens of Berberis from various parts of the country.
A recent survey of nursery catalogs on file in the Department library indicates that fewer than 40 nurserymen throughout the United States are now advertising susceptible species of barberry for sale.
Accurate identification of barberries encountered by Federal quarantine inspectors, State nursery inspectors, and eradication supervisors is essential in connection with the proper administration of quarantine No. 38 (revised), the object of which is to prevent, through education and regulation, the interstate movement of susceptible species of barberry into or between States comprising the protected area.

As a result of tests conducted on 1-square-rod plots infested with Berberis fendleri and B. canadensis in Colorado and West Virginia, respectively, it was found that 85 to 100 pounds of evaporated salt dissolved in water and applied as a spray and soil drench was sufficient to give a 99 to 100 percent kill. During certain months of the year, and under certain soil conditions, quantities ranging from 61 to 75 pounds per square rod proved sufficient. In actual field practice, however, at least 85 pounds per square rod is needed to insure complete eradication, and 90 to 100 pounds is used in loose, sandy soil and on hillsides where the results of the treatment may be affected by rapid leaching of the salt.

Information concerning barberry eradication released to the public during 1937 was restricted largely to brief illustrated circulars, news items in local papers, circular letters, and frequent reports on the occurrence and spread of rust during the critical stage in the development of grain crops.
The vurupose of the educational work is to advise property owners with respect to the nature of the stem rust disease and the recommended control measures, to stimulate property owners to keep their farms free of rust-susceptible barberry bushes once the initial eradication work has been completed, and to encourage reports of badly rusted grain fields or areas known to be infested with barberry bushes as a guide to communities in which survey work is urgently needed.
Statements based on observations made by Bureau representatives relative to the development and spread of stem rust were submitted to the Department Press Service weekly during the growing season. The first of these related to the first appearance of stein rust in grain fields in northern Mexico and Texas. Later reports dealt with the development and northward spread of rust through the winter wheat belt and into the spring wheat States.


The investigations of wireworms occurring in irrigated lands were continued in eastern Washington, southern Idaho, and southern California. These investigations consisted principally of studies of the utility of crude naphthalene as a practical control for wireworms. the further testing of dichloroethyl ether under field and laboratory conditions, studies of the effect of crop rotation on wireworm populations, and studies of the effect of time of planting of potatoes on wireworm populations and the habits of wireworms, both larvae and adults, which may have a direct bearing on control measures. The field experiments with crude naphthalene were carried out by applying different quantities of the material at different periods of the season. These experiments show that it is practical to fumigate with naphthalene as early as the latter half of May in the eastern Washington area. At the present time it would appear that the greatest use of crude naphthalene in that area is in the reduction of heavy infestations to the point where the more susceptible crops can be grown with a high degree of freedom from damage. It is evident that the type of soil has a very definite bearing on the penetration of the naphthalene vapor and the resultant wireworm kill.
A typical example of the effect of alfalfa on wireworm populations is shown in a field that had been in alfalfa for 5 years. Prior to the planting of alfalfa


the population in this field averaged eight per square foot. During the spring of 1937 one-half of the field was planted to potatoes and the other half to onions. An examination of the onion and potato fields showed that in the potato field there was less than one wireworm per square foot and less than 4-percent damage to the potato tubers, and that in the onion field the wireworm population averaged a little more than one wireworm per square foot and the damage was approximately 11 percent to the onion crop.
The tests with dichloroethyl ether in California disclosed that aqueous solutions of this material diluted at the rates of 6, 9, and 12 cubic centimeters per gallon gave a mortality ranging from 67 to 100 percent of the wireworms. These solutions were applied to tomato, corn, cabbage, and potato plants. No detectable plant injury resulted to any of these crops except in instances where the 12 cubic-centimeter dilution was applied at a dosage of 1 gallon per plant.


Insecticidal tests for the control of the Mexican bean beetle were conducted in Ohio, Virginia, and Colorado.
Field experiments in Ohio and Virginia on beans grown for the green-bean market or for canning showed conclusively that this pest can be satisfactorily controlled by the use of sprays or dust mixtures containing rotenone derived from derris, cube, timbo, or devil's shoestring. Cryolite sprays gave satisfactory control in most instances. Copper cyanide gave a fair degree of control of the insects, but moderate plant injury resulted. Fairly satisfactory results were obtained with the new insecticide sulphur nitride, particularly when it was milled in such a manner as to produce fine particles. Experiments with mechanical equipment demonstrated that the use of hoods attached to power dusters permitted a reduction in dosage of the insecticide without causing any reduction in the degree of control.
In Colorado the results from tests on irrigated beans grown for the dry-bean market demonstrated that sprays containing derris and cube gave better results than any other materials tested, and that cryolite sprays gave the next best results. Also, that sprays containing zinc arsenite, commonly used by the growers in that district, were third in rank according to the degree of control of the Mexican bean beetle obtained with these insecticides.


Biological and control investigations on the pea weevil as a pest of pressed and dry peas were continued in the Northwest in cooperation with the States of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho and interested growers, with gratifying results. The large-scale field experiments in the Blue Mountain area of eastern Washington and Oregon, in which dust mixtures containing rotenone were applied, yielded favorable results, as was the case last season. Comparative treatments showed that the use of hoods on large dusting machines increased the effiiency of these dust mixtures. No apprecale differences could be detectedd in the percentage of pea weevil control obtained with dust mixtures containing 1 pir)('('nt as compared with those containing 0.75 percent of rotenone when the quantities of the dust mixture applied per unit area were practically equivalent. The results, however, indicated that under unfavorable climatic conditions or (other restricting factors the dust mixtures containing less than 0.75 percent of rotenone might give a satisfactory degree of control. In the ecse of large acreages, the practice af treating borler strips was followed to protect the rest of the field. In some instances "spot dusting" was practiced to reduce infestation. In the western Oregon and Washington pea-growing -area where tie pea fields are in smaller units, the entire Iield( was treated, and infestation of the weevil was reduced to a minimum.
Additional numbers of the imported p):a weevil p :lrasite Triaspis thoraciui. (Curt.), comprising approximately 20.500 living adults, were released in Idaho in 2 situations an(d under conditions that would appear favorable for establishment of this parasite. Although these )par'asites originated in Eur p)e and were

SSamples of the rotenone-bearing materials, pyrethrum, and fluorine compounds used in all the experimental control work discussed in this report were analyzed by the Division of Insecticide Investigations of this Bureau, and the dilutions were based on these analyses.


reshipped to Moscow, Idaho, from Moorestown, N. J., they were received in Moscow in excellent condition and suffered a mortality of only approximately 5.7 percent of the numbers contained in the original shipment. Field collections to determine whether this parasite has become established in Idaho have yielded negative results thus far.

During the springs of 1937 and 1938 the pea aphid was particularly troublesome in Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey. Investigations were continued in Wisconsin on the control of this pest. In these control tests emphasis was placed on the time of treatment for maximum benefit in protection of the crop. Field and laboratory tests were continued with derris and cube dusts and sprays and the results show that these materials, applied either as a spray or a dust, appear to be the most satisfactory ones developed thus far for the control of this aphid. Adequate spraying or dusting equipment is essential to aphid control, as is proper material and time of treatment. A joint statement on pea aphid control, prepared by the workers in the several States where this insect is an annual problem and by Department entomologists, has been issued.


Results of experiments conducted in Virginia to determine the relative effectiveness of various insecticides for the control of the corn earworm on Fordhook lima beans revealed that dust mixtures and sprays containing cryolite continue to be the most effective materials for the control of this pest. Of the three commercial brands of cryolite used in the experiments, imported synthetic cryolite and natural cryolite appear to be about equal in effectiveness, both brands being slightly more effective than the brand of domestic synthetic cryolite used in the experiments.


Investigations were continued on the tomato pinworm in California and the tomato fruitworm in California and Utah. The tomato pinworm continued to ,cause serious losses to the tomato crop in southern ('alifornia and enlarged its known area of distribution to include Arizona. The results of tests during 1937 corroborated the fact that cryolite and cuprous cyanide, in either sprays or dusts, were the most effective stomach poisons used against this pest. Contrary to former belief, both cryolite and cuprous cyanide protected the treated plants effectively for a period of approximately 60 days following the last application. Large-scale field tests dlelmnnstrated that two applications of a spray or a dust mixture gave sufficient protection from a relatively light pinworm infestation, whereas five a plications were required in fields Nwhere infestation was heavy. It was determined that to obtain best results applications should begin when the pinworms start forming leaf folds on the plants. During laboratory tests on tomato plants grown in pots and infested by the pinworm it was disclosed that the toxicity to this insect of a commonly used brand of natural cryolite increased, as the dilutions of cryolite increased, from 10 to 60 percent. At a 10-percent dilution approximately 69 percent of the pinworm larvae were killed, whereas at the 40-percent dilution approximately 17T percent perished. There was a distinct leveling off of the mortality curve at the 40-percent dilution. The toxicity of cuprous cyanide to the pinworm larvae also increased at progressive dilutions of 5, 10, 15, 20, and 30 percent. At dilutions below 30 percent pinworm mortality was less than 90 percent of the individuals tested.

During 19837 work on the tomato fruitworm (Hcliolh is obsolcta (F.)) was continued with particular attention to control tests as well as biological studies designed to give information respecting the habits of the insect which have a bearing on its control. In California the most satisfactory insecticide found for use in combating the fruitworm was a dust mixture of eucinal parts by weight of cryolite and talc. Fairly satisfactory results were obtained with crylite sprays at the rate of 4 pounds to 100 gallons of water, plus a suitable sticking agent, and with phenothiazine at the rate of 3 pounds to 100 gallons


of water. The best degree of control was obtained with th t albove-i mentioned insecticides weln tree applications were made. The first applietini was made when the foliage of plaints imlasured altt 1 foot across and thie second and third applications followed at about 2-week intervals, 10, 20, and 830 pounds, respectively, being used per acre. A bhait Iprepared b y thorughily inixing 1 pIound of cryolite or lead arsenate with 2 poundtls of corn mLal was approximately as effective a.s the dust mixture described previously. This bait was applied by hand, and an attempt was Imade to se itter it lightly and evenly over the leaves of the plants. Three alpplicai iolis of the bait were made corresplondinlg with the time interval india(lted fo)r the dust mixtllires. Approxinmately 40 pounds of the poisoiied bait was ised pe'r a:ew for oeacl (of the first and111 second aplications and fr nm () to 70 )pounds f(or the third applicatio(l. The cost of the bait per a're is al)pproxinately the iine as for the dust mixture, but the ease and speed of application without the use of special e(quimlipeit met with general favor oin the part of the growers.

The work on the sweetpotato weevil was expanded with research laboratory headquarters at Sunset, La. Biological and life-history investigations were initiated with special reference to those phases of the insect's life history and habits which would yield information pertinent to the control pIrogramn on this pest. It was determined that when the sweetpotato weevil adults were given the opportunity to choose between young sweetp)otato pIlants and sweetpotato roots, the adults fed almost exclusively on the roots, and all the eggs were deposited therein. In a series of field cages simulating natural conditions at two widely separated points in Louisiana during the winter of 1937--8 it was found that certain adults of the sweetpotato weevil lived as. long as 11S days without food during the period extending from late in November to the latter part of March whereas other individuals lived as long as 46 days. In cages placed over green sweotpo(tato vines certain weevils lived for 92 days. The cages in question were placed in position in the fall of 1937 in the latter part of the sweetpotato harvest season and before the fields were cleaned. In general it was found that access to food prolonged the life of adults in the field. There was no appreciable difference in the adult survival between cages protected from direct precipitation and those exposed to precipitation.
While only a small percentage of the total adults used in these tests lived throughout the winter period without food, it appears that this phenomenon nmay occur in any season in southern Louisiana when conditions are favorable. Adults of the sweetpotato weevil emerged during Mlarch from decayed sweetpotatoes that had been exposed on the soil surface of infested fields in Louisiana froti the time of harvest during tile fall of 19:7 to late in Feblruary 19,S8, at which time they were c(Olected fior observations in adult elil(ergel c'e. The fact that the adults of the sweetpiolato weevil were alde to survive uili(lder such contitio is defi1(,11strates the dangerr of leaving nfest d devying sweetpotatoes in fields or storage banks where they may beco('(e a source of weevil reiilnfsta ; tio(i.
Observations in Louisiana to determine the results of the fumigation of weevil-infested seed sweetpotatoes in storage houses, bins, and banks by paradichlloro ezene. a clieniall tihe use of which has beonii tihe subject )f Irevious reports, showed that wherever the fumigation was performed properly the result s were satisfactory.

Encouraging results were obtained in the recovery of BIigonichaort t ipcn n is (Fall.). the imported parasite of the lEuropean earwig, in Washington. Idaho. and ( )rgon. During the 4-year period 1934-:7 this parasite has been liberated at 20 different points in these States. Recovery records at thle lclse of 19:7 indicated that it has survived at or near 15 of the colony sites. It is beli( eved that it has been ldefinlitely established at the larger number of thee cQ ilony sites. even in localities where the original liberation consisted of as few as 10 to 25 a(ults.

Work on various species of worms attacking cabbage was coutinulIed in North ('arolina. South Carolina, and Louisiana and on the turnip aplhid in oluisianli. Ilivest ig-a tions on calnbage worms attackirug cabb:i, i, n Loui.siana


and South Carolina continued to yield valuable information on methods of control. Results of insecticide tests directed against cabbage worms on cabbage grown in South Carolina during the fall and winter showed that a cabbage wornm population consisting of the cabbage looper and various Agrotinae (principally the corn earworm and several species of climbing cutworms) can be controlled by the use of calcium arsenate-hydrated lime dust mixture (5 to 1) prior to the heading of the plants, followed by applications of a pyrethrumtalc dust mixture containing 0.3 percent of total pyrethrins, or a derris-clay dust mixture containing 1 percent of rotenone, at 10-day intervals after the plants have headed. While no significant differences were demonstrated between the yield of U. S. Grade No. 1 from the various treatments, highly significant correlations were shown to exist between the numbers of worms and the numbers of worm-damaged plants and, in the reverse ratio, between the numbers of worms and the numbers of plants free from worm injury. These experiments demonstrated again that the dust mixtures containing pyrethrum or derris were the ones most effective against the cabbage looper and that the calcium arsenate dust mixture was the one most effective against the Agrotinae.
The results of a survey of conditions relating to cabbage and cabbage worms in Louisiana indicated that the cabbage looper, the imported cabbage worm, and the larvae of the diamondback moth constitute 95 percent or more of the worm populations found on cabbage in that State, and that their relative importance is in the order named. It was found that the cabbage looper was the dominating factor on fall crops and that it appears late on spring crops. The imported cabbage worm was the most important, if not the most abundant, species on spring crops and ordinarily appears later on fall crops in damaging numbers. The larvle of the diamondback moth may become abundant on either the spring or the fall crop. The cabbage webworin, the cross-striped cabbage worm, and several species of Agrotinae are abundant on fall crops.
Studies in South Carolina on the seasonal occurrence of the principal species of cabbage worms on cabbage disclosed that the imported cabbage worm, the larvae of tile diamondback moth, the cabbage looper, and several species of cutwormis are more abunda nt during the spring months than during the fail and winter; that the populations of these species decrease to a marked degree during the fall when the mean temperatures are below approximately 50' F., and that they do not increase greatly in the spring until the mean temperatures are consistently above 600 : and that after the plants are thinned or transplanted the cutworms and the cabbage looper are the most abundant species during the fall months and the cabbage looper and the diamondb'lck moth the most abundant during the spring. These studies also revealed that approximately two generations of each of the major species of cabbage worms developed during their more active periods in both the fall and the spring seasons.

Further tests against the strawberry weevil in the coastal regions of North Carolina indicated that a calcium arsenate-sulphur dust mixture remains the best available insecticide to use against this pest, since it greatly reduced the injury to fruit buds and gave an increased yield in the number of marketable fruits and culls. A dust mixture containing sulphur and hydrated lime also gave promising results in the reduction of injury to fruit buds, and resulted in an increase of marketable berries as compared with untreated plots. in a survey performed during the spring of 1938 in the strawberry districts of the Eastern Shore section of Maryland and in adjacent counties of Delaware iand Virginia it was found that in the fields examined a range of from 16 to 81 percent of strawberry buds were cut as a result of strawberry weevil activity in fields examined in Sussex County, Del., from 17 to 67 percent of the buds were cut in three counties of Maryland, and a range of from 3 to 63 percent of the buds were cut in Accomac County, Va. In many fields the prevalence of drought :ind other unfavorable factors prevented the strawberry plants from developing the remaining uncut buds; consequently it was difficult to determine the exact economic status of the strawberry weevil in such fields.
Continued insecticide tests against the raspberry fruitworm in the Puyallup Valley, Wash., showed that satisfactory control of this pest could be obtained with three timely applications of sprays or dust mixtures containing rotenone, and that in general the sprays were superior to the dust mixtures in controlling the fruitworm.


('oitiinued experilllents i the controll of t lie reId berry liite ('rriopllis s.siqi Ilassan) on blackberry in the Puya1111) Valley demonstrated that follov'iig a sprayinft with lime-sulphullr (Iliuring the (lrinlant petrio(l of the plant the alpplicacat ion, during the fruiting stage of ile" berries. of sprays colii Iii ciimulsiouls of refined ipetroleumi oil was superior as a colltrol for tle mite to tihe alpplicaltimn,l when the fruit spurs were approximately 12 inches lonig, of sprays c ltaining various comipoullds of sulphur. 1)espite the fairly satisfactory Cottrol obtained with sprays containing sulphur, the application of such materials camsed reduiictions in yield of berries apparently due to the intolerance of ille black berry plant to sulphur. Sonie evidence also was obtained that the oil eimulsioins used in the sprays, alt hough exerting a satisfactory control of thie lnite, Cill.mts(l reductions ill yield through injury to the pla nt.

lr'estigations on the beet leafhopper \were continued in the i:termi(, ,untaii region and in ('alifornia. For the second time the migration of this insect was traced definitely from its breeding areas in southern Arizomia to li(the wester Colorado beet fields. indicating that this long-distance migration may 1 e a normal animal occurrence.
lEx)erimniits, in cooperation with lie beet-seed producers, lhaiiig foir their principal object the checking of the curly top disease in the beet pllantil:gs grown for seed in the Salt River Valley of Arizona de(himonst rated againi that the pyrethrum-oil spray when atomllized oin the beets in the field will kill on nii average approximately 97 percent of the lea fhlioppers.
In Idaho close attention was given to the (levelolpnlelit o(f thli leaflhoppoer ill the desert area surrounding the cultivated sections, within tilhe view of uilt i linmtely determining all factors responsible for favorable or unfavoral'le hee(t leafhol)per conditions. Statements on the movements of the leafhlopper front the desert area to the cultivated sections were prepared and made available to the 1et and bean growers in the affected area. These stateentens simply give the fcts onthe leafhopper conditions as they obtain in the area at the time the statemeit is prepalred, and there is no attempt to make l'redictiols as to beet leafhopper infestations on the basis of overwintering leafhoppler population.
In Utah attention was directed to the development of means of protecting the tomato crop from leafhoppers and the resultant westernI yellow blight. It was found that the tomato is not a suitable host for the leafhopper al houghi the leafhopper feeds occasionally on tomatoes during its movement from the desert host plant to suitable cultivated plants.
The surveys made in the Billiigs. Mont., district disclosed the presence of adult beet leafhoppers, indicating that during certain winters this insect is able to survive in this section of Montana.
In ('alifornia the movements of the leafhoppers from the overwintering areas in the hills adjoiiiing the San Joaquin Valley were followed again this season. The information accumulated on this phase of the study indicates strongly that if these critical breeding areas could be eliminated, or the leafhoppers killed through spraying or other similar treatments, this would reduce to a minimum the leafhopper damage in tile San Joaquin and Sacramento Valleys. as it was definitely shown that the leafhoppers originating in the foothills of the San Joaquin Valley are responsible for damage in the Sacramento Valley.


Investigations on tobacco insects were continued in Connecticut, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Field-plot tests and large-scale field experiments against flea beetles (Epitrix mparrula (F.) and E. lccuumeris Harr.) in Florida, Telnnessee, North (anrolina, South Carolina. and Connecticut corroborated the results of tests lftrm'le d duri-ig lprevt\'ios years in indicating that wherever the value of till(' crop j justified the use of this insecticide these pests could be colltlrolled in the pl;i t bed, as well as on iiewly set plants and on the gr -iing 'rop, by timely a ppllica tio(l of a (111ust mllixtllre containing rotenlole. Since tihe newly set plants are very susceptible to illjuiry by the tolma o 11ha Ieetle ( I'pifrixr parlula ) ill thlie ;reas of Ifle-clirled tobacco, extelisive tests were carried on t ie t (letheriI te most satisfctorv method of protecting th'em after they were set in the field and until they had become well estalblished. rfl-atIlielit of ti le Illits il thie plant bed with arseni-


cals directly before they are pulled for setting in the field and treatment of the plants with the same materials after they are set in the field indicated quite clearly that these methods could be utilized to a distinct advantage in the protection of the newly set plants. As a result of quantitative sampling of hibernation media for overwintering adults of the tobacco flea beetle in several environments in North Carolina it was found that far greater numbers of the beetles per unit of area were present in old undisturbed tobacco fields than in fields in grass or the narrow strips along the edge of woods adjoining tobacco fields. In the tobacco fields the greatest numbers of flea beetles were found in the immediate vicinity of the old tobacco stalks.


During the latter part of the season in the North Carolina and South Carolina tobacco-growing areas hornworms became particularly abundant, and tests in the laboratory and in the fields where the tobacco had been primed showed that cryolite, either as a spray or as a dust containing 80 percent of cryolite (sodium flnoaluminate), was very effective against all stages of the hornworms. Cryolite mixtures containing less than 80 percent of cryolite were not effective, and the degree of toxicity decreased with the amount of cryolite contained in the dust mixture.

Experiments performed in the dark fire-cured tobacco section of Tennessee showed that dipping the roots and root stalks of tobacco plants, prior to transplanting, in a liquid mixture containing a sufficient quantity of 85 percent cryolite to provide 1.9 percent of sodium fluoaluminate combined with a sticker was effective in reducing to a great extent the injury from the tobacco webworm (Crambuts caliginosellus Clem.). Fish oil and mineral oil, each at the rate of 1.6 percent, animal glue at the rate of 0.37 percent, and billposter's paste at the rate of 0.75 percent were equally effective as sticking agents. The evidence from these experiments accumulated thus far indicates that dipping the roots of the tobacco plants constitutes a more effective control of the tobacco webworln than the corn meal-paris green-oil of mnirbane bait which has been used heretofore in combating these pests.


In experiments in Virginia designed to obtain information on an insecticide that might be used to combat adults of the cigarette beetle in tobacco warehouses of the open type it was found that pyrethrum dust mixtures containing a high percentage of pyrethrins were slightly more effective than the dust mixtures containing rotenone, but in no instance did the pyrethrum compounds give a percentage of kill that would be satisfactory in practical operations against the cigarette beetle adults in tobacco warehouses.
According to data obtained during the course of fumigation experiments against the cigarette beetle in Virginia it appears that a wide margin of error may occur in evaluating the efficiency of fumigants, particularly hydrocyanic acid gas, when used at relatively low temperatures in partial vacuum against the cigarette beetle infesting tobacco bales. In the instance of well-grown larvae of the cigarette beetle in which 3.9 ounces of liquid hydrocyanic acid was used per 1,00 pounds of tobacco a mortality ranging from 51.2 to 83.2 percent was attained at the expiration of the exposure period of 4 hours in partial vacuum. In test lots of cigarette beetle larvae thus fumigated and allowed to remain in the tobacco bales for 24 hours the percentage of mortality ranged from 67.2 to 82.4, for 48 hours it ranged from 91.2 to 96.8, and at the expiration of 67 hours it ranged from 90.4 to 100. To determine further the residual properties of hydrocyanic acid gas left in tobacco bales after fumigation in partial vacuum, test spikes containing cigarette beetle larvae were placed in bales of tobacco that had been removed from the fumigation tank after the customary aspiration of the tobacco bales had been applied. Examination of the test insects after 24 hours showed that the percentage of mortality ranged from 39.2 to 60. at the end of 48 hours from 39 6 to 67.2, and at the end of 67 hours from 56.0 to 87.2.



Studies of greeliiouse insects and pests affecting bulbs were contiied iat Sunnier, Wash., I abylon, Long Island, N. Y., and Beltsville, Ald. In the course of exlperintlnts directedd agaiiist the gladiolus thrips in 1936 it was found that a (colil)iiiation spray consisting of tartar emetic and brown sugar gave a degree of thrips control eq(lual to that obtained with the paris green-browii sugar spray anid was not injurious to thlie gladiolus foliage. Moreover, it was shown that the ttartar emetic-brown sugar spray did not have a (deleterious effect on new cornsI production and that this mlixtillre ('cII he prepared at less c(,)st thau the paris green-brown sugar spray used form erly. The quantity of brown sugir used in this spray with the tartar emetic can be reduce I approximately one-fourth over that used coInunonily with arsenicals without affecting the degree of control. Apparently sprays for the gladiolus thrips must be sweetened, however, since the substitution of a spreader a11(1 sticker for brown sugar in the spray mixture resulted in poor control of the gladiolus thrips when either tartar emetic or paris green was used as the principal ingedient.
In experimllets performed oil greeniiouse-grown tomato and cucumnber plianlts in which four sprays were applied at 4-day iiitervals against the c(Iiiion red spider and several species of thrips, principally 1he oio thrips, it was found that a derris spray having a roteone content of 0.00(56 percent wv;is as effecttive as one with a rotenone content of 0.0112 percent; that the derris sprays used were superior to cube sprays of the same roten oiie (oltellt ; that the addition of pyrethruni extract aided in killing the thrips but (lid not improve the effectiveness of the sprays against the re(l spi(ler : that with spnrays of the same rotiienone content cOltaiinig sul)ionmated castor oil as a spl)r(ader the result was a better kill than when either alkylp)henylbenzeniesulphoiic acid or rosin residue was used; and that a proprietary insecticide colitaini ng an alip)hatic thio)cyanate was as effective against the red spider as the derris spray plus suliphonated castor oil and did not lharm the tomato I)lants, while a proprietary insecticide containing lauryl lhi)ocyanate buried the plants severely after only two spray applications. In a second series of ,experi ni, ts, ill which the sallle insecticides were used as ill the first series lbut 11 which they were alpplied four times at weekly intervals, approximately the same results were obtained except that on the toma to the sprays c(mtaining derris, )Yretihrunt, a1nd alkyl)ph hiiyll)(enz(nes,,ulplhoini(c aci( appeared to be as effective as hli(, su lphonated castor-oil sprays. The spray co,(taining Ianuryl tlhio('yva t( enused severe injury to both foliage and fruit of the tomato. None of the other sprays caused aly permanent injury to either tomiiiato or1' cuctiiiber lants. ()ii the whole a beneficial effect front the use of these sprays was clearly dellmonst rated. since onl the sprayed plants the foliage remained greener and tihe plants continned to bear fruit much longer than on the cimpall)rable plants in 111treated plots.
In cooperation with the New Jersey Aricultural Ix i)p'iml(t Statioll, te('s were conducted on the effect of Iligh-frequency waves oil thle bulbl nmallt(ode' (Dityllwchus dipsaci (Kuhn) Filipjev ). Negative results were ()l;itined ill these tests since no mortality to the bu1lb 1111) atode resulted after x(l losull(rs of :1)0 minutes in wlich waves of 12.5 ad 42 mllIrs, respectively. were used. The funligat ion of narcissus bulbs with niethyl broilde directed against the blulb nlniato (de cause(l seve re iiijury to the treated bulbs.
A survey of the bulb fields at Uabyloin, N. Y., to (ldetierminiie the peIcentage of infestation Iby the greater bulb fly showed thle :Iadlts (if lle ily to )be present ill all fields exa mined, a nd from examinat ion of bulbs in st ira (e i was found that the percentage of infest ation raug(ed frot 0 to 5-1.5. St dies on tIhe greater bulb ly were also con(lucted at Smunier. \Wa. si..s e ineig pll(le 1(in the control of the fly in the field. Nolne of these tests yielded satisfactory coiitrol measures.
Japaniese iris plants infested by the iris thriiips which were held under comiilitions simulating tran sit for periods ranlgig firlmn 7 to) 10 dayss foll iig. treatment in hot water for :0 mitumts at 11()' F. to col(trol the thlrips grew as satisfactorily as those planted inlled(liately after Itrn11111ent. Ill the coursee( of this experimienvit half the (livisiolis of iris v(were l)lated immillediait1ly P1 r trieatinenit, whereas the others were packed ill the salice nimatIner' as foir shipmonit, held for pIeri((ods ranging from 7 (to 10 (lays. and Ilie i plated. The foliage on the Ilanits which were l(ot set out ilie(liately yellowed sli, tly and the new g)owtih valrie(l considerablly in v\')llme but 11he foliage (d'l('liI)(e(l satisfactorily durillng the year anl was ;ipp)lro()xi;tey equal( l to that of tIlhe irik planted imnnediately after treatment.
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Tests in Virginia to determine the practicability of the hot-water treatment to control the cyclamen mite on cyclamen under commercial conditions disclosed that the trehted plants showed no evidence of injury, and compared with untreated plants reserved as checks they showed considerable improvement in growth and flower-bud development, indicating that the method of immersing plants infested by the cyclamen mite in hot water maintained at a temperature of 1100 F. for a period of 15 minutes has a direct commercial application.
Satisfactory control of the greenhouse mealybug (Pscudococcus citri (Risso)) on Saintpaulia plants was obtained by dipping them in several different solu. tions containing organic thiocyanates.
Tests made against various species of mushroom flies (Sciara spp.), mites, and other pests in the mushrooms houses at Beltsville. Md., with a number of drenches, including free nicotine (40 percent), nicotine sulphate (40 percent), alcoholic extract of pyrethrum (2 percent total pyrethrins), hellebore powder, and derris-root powder demonstrated that the drenches containing free nicotine or the alcoholic extract of pyrethrum gave the best results, as judged by yield. The mushrooms treated with nicotine drenches were found to contain from 0.009 to 0.222 grain of nicotine per pound. The mushrooms having the higher content of nicotine were picked while still wet, immediately after the beds had been drevclhed. The higher content of nicotine is the equivalent of approximately 32 parts per million. In 8 to 10 days after treatment analyses of the mushrooms revealed no nicotine present or only traces. In tests to determine the effect of hellebore and borax drenches as used for the control of house fly maggots it was found that the hellebore had no perceptible effect on subsequent growth of thie mnushroo ms but that the bo rax drenches prevented mushroom growth. Small-scale tests in the laboratory in fumigating with methyl bromide disclosed tlhat it was necessary to use a dose of 3 pounds of this material per 1.000 cubic feet to obtain a mortality of the species of mnite commonly found infesting mushrooms, and that this dose appeared to cause considerable harm to the mushrooms and to the spawn.

The project on sweetpotato weevil control was started at the beginning of the year. Operations were begun in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas in cooperation with these States. The control program was designed to eradicate the pest from areas of commercial production where wild host plants do not grow perpetually, to prevent spread to uninfested areas, and to protect eradication work already done.
Extensive surveys were conducted along the fringe of the known infested area to delimit the northern boundary so that control operations could start from the periphery and work gradually into the more heavily infested areas in which eradication will be more difficult because of climatic factors and wild host plants. In the States above mentioned 172 counties were surveyed, revealing 2.555 infested properties in 33 counties. Inspections of seedbeds, fields, storage, sweetpotato plants, and wild host plants were included in the survey.
Eradication activities included the destruction of infested seedbeds, clean-up of infested fields and storage, destruction of volunteer sweetpotato plants on infested properties and those adjacent, and the destruction of such wild host plants as Ipomoea littoralis and I. pescaprae.

In March 193S investigations of the pink bollworm and other cotton insects at Mayaguez, P. R., were discontinued. The results of investigations of the damag and status of the pink bollworm. its host plants, and its control in Puerto Rico and studies relating to other cotton insects and the West Indian blister mite have been published by the Puerto Rico Agricultural Experiment Station of this Department and in the Journal of the Department of Agriculture of Puerto Rico. The station at Brownsville, Tex., where cotton insects have been investigated during the winter months for several years was discontinued in March 1938. The investigations of boll weevil control on sea-island cotton conducted in cooperation with the State entomologist of Georgia in McIntosh County last year were transferred during the spring of 1938 to Chatham County with seasonal headquarters at Savannah. The seasonal laboratory started in Florida in the spring of 1937 for investigations of boll weevil


control on sea-island cotton in cooperation within the Florida Agricultullral Experiment Station was changed to a full-time laboratory in the spring of 193s. The seasonal laboratory for conducltiig studies of suickiing bugs attacking cotton, started at Mesa, Ariz., in tile spring of 1937., was challged to a full-tiLre sublaboratory of the Tucson, Ariz., laboratory in the spring of 1938.

The low ebb of damage reached by the boll weevil in 10)36 contll mned (dlrilig 1937 in all the States except Virginiia. North Carolina, South Caroliln, andl Georgia, where the damage approached average. The low initial population combined with hot and dry weather during the critical period over a great part of the central Cotton Belt prevented the infestation fronim btiuiling iup to ilnjiurious numbers until late in the season. At Tallulah, La., the rainfall during June, July, and August 1937 was only approximately half of 1normnal and the lowest for any recent years except 1924 and 1930. Although the weevil population was low during the suininier, rainy weather prevailed during the fall of 19!)7. and where the crop was not defoliated by leaf worms cotton continued to grow and weevils to multiply until late in the season.
The survival in hibernation cages during the winter of 1987-8 vried ill different localities. At Florence, S. ('., and Tallulah, La., the 1935 survival was only about one-tenth as great as in 1937. At Tifton, Ga., the survival was higher and at. College Station, Tex., bout equal to that of 1037. Emergenice 1*10rn hibernation also continued la te into the season of 193S. At Flrence emerged weevils continued to migrate to trap plots of cotton until July 6, and 34 pvei'ceilt of the total weevils were taken after June 15 or after squares were present.
In the experiments on boll weevil control conducted at Tallulah during 1!)37 smaller gains were made than for any year since 1924 because of the light infestation. Iii plots dusted with the standard calcium arsenate treatment the average increase in yield was only 78 pounds of seed cotton per acre, or 8.8 percent, as compared with an average for the 17-year period 1920-3' of 3:10 pIounds, or 26.4 percent. (Considerable attention was given in 1937 to mixtures of calcium arsenate with other materials that would control the boll weevil with smaller quantities of arsenic and at the same time control the cotton flea hopper, other sucking insects, and leaf worms. At Florence, the. mlixtu re- of calcium arsenate and lime (1 to 1 and 1 to 2) that have given good colutrol ill recent years of low weevil infestation were not quite so effective as straight calcium arsenate dust. Mixtures of calcium arsenate al.d sulplhur in several proportions were tested at Florence, Tallulah, Tifton, (College Station, and at Port Lavaca, Tex., against the boll weevil. The results secured were il general as good as with calcium arsenate dust, and at College Station and Port Lavaca the results were better than with calcium arselnte. ( ryolite al)d barium ilu)silicate used as dusts in field-plot tests showed little proiise for boll weevil control. In experiments designed to compare the efficacy of several materials that might be used as sweetened poisons whlien mopping for boll weevil control, cane syrup and white corn syrup were slightly better than blackstrap mIollasses, the material conmnonly used, and superior to agar agar, glycerine, and water; casein, glycerin, and water; or blood albumen, a onia, nnoniand water.
The increased plantings of sea-island cotton in Georgia and Florida have focused attention oin the need of methods of controlliiig the boll weevil on this crop. Boll weevil control on long-staple cotton is dillicult because it is later in fruiting than short-staple cotton, continues growth and fruits over a longer period, and( has bolls that are softer alid remain susceptilde to weevil daimnge for a longer time. Tests in 1937 indicated that frequent dusting with n1Cleilln arsenate will control the weevil on sea-isla nd cottoil anid also clearly indicated that mopping with sweetened poison does not give adequate control of these ilte weevils.
Smnall-sized plots consisting of one-twentiet h to one-telith of an acre, instead of the usual 1-acre Ilot s, were used t his year ill t he wveevil-c mtrol ex lpe(illlellt s at several stations with fairly sa tisfoactory reslt s,. Cage studies of tlie t(lxicity of calcilumn arsenates having different chemiical and physical properties were continued. The highest weevil mortalities were obtained with calcium arsemate having tlhe following I'ropIerties: (Co'rse Is to particle size, of low density, high water-soluble arsenic by the New York method, amd low molar ratio 'ao Ast(),. No signiflicanlit relation was found Ietveeu mortality amnd (1 ) angle of slope. (2) loose hulkinig value at constant weight or conlstanllt volume, (3) total AsJ ),~, (4) water-soluble A() by the method of thie Association of Ollicial Agricllltural i'hemists, and (5) free Ca (Oi)2.


The studies on the injurious effects to crops following the use of calcium arsenate, previously reported, were continued. The production of cotton on the plot at Tallulah, La., which received 400 pounds of calcium arsenate per acre per year from 1931 to 1935, or a total of 2,000 pounds, was practically the same as on the untreated plot. Austrian peas and hairy vetch, planted as winter cover crops in 1937, were severely stunted and produced only 46 and 69 percent, respectively, as much on the treated as on the untreated plot. Oats yielded 23 percent more weight on the calcium arsenate-treated plot. On the plots representative of seven major soil types of Mississippi the calcium arsenate has not materially affected the yield of cotton or corn, but the yields of hairy vetch, Austrian peas, soybeans, and oats continue to be seriously reduced on plots which received from 800 to 1,600 pounds of calcium arsenate per acre. Analyses of the arsenic in the soil and crops are made annually to determine the rate of reduction of the arsenic in the soil and the amounts absorbed by the crops.
Additional information was secured at Port Lavaca, Tex., on the proportions of sulphur and arsenicals for the best control of the cotton flea hopper and other insects. The greatest increases in yield were secured in 1937 from dusting with a mixture of 1 part calcium arsenate and 2 parts sulphur. The average gain from the 1-to-2 mixture of calcium arsenate and sulphur was 277 ponii(Is of seed cotton per acre and from sulphur dust 230 pounds per acre. The profit from dusting with the mixture of calcium arsenate and sulphur was $9.08 per acre, and from sulphur alone it was $8.39 per acre. The results obtained in flea hopper-control experiments during the past several years were published in a circular.
The most important parasite of the cotton flea hopper has now been described as 1h'ytlhmclus psallidis Gahan. Confirmation was secured (luring the year that this species overwinters in the eggs of the flea hopper. The overwintering state of another egg parasite (A4tphe.s aqmonoccrus Gir.) has not been definitely established, but it apparently does not overwinter in the egg of its host. The imi)ortance of these parasites is shown by the fact that in 30,610 flea hopper eggs collected in 1937 from several hosts, 31.9 percent were parasitized, 18.7 percent by E. psallidis and 13.2 percent by -. alnooccrus.

Additional experiments on the control of hemipterous insects attacking cotton in Arizona confirmed previous results that substantial increases in yield can be secured by the use of insecticides. Dusting with calcium arsenate, lead arsenate, and sulphur have all given large increases in yield against these sucking insects, but mixtures of arsenicals and sulphur have given the largest gains. In tests conducted at Yumna in 1937, plots (lusted with sulphur gave an increased yield of 1,274 pounds of seed cotton per acre, or 55 percent more than the check; a mixture of calcium arsenate and sulphur (1 to 2) gave an increase of 2.333 pounds, or 100 percent: while a mixture of 10 percent of paris green and 90 percent of sulphur (1 to 9) gave an increase of 2,691 pounds, or 117 percent. In experiments at Mesa, where the infestation was very light, and at Buckeye, where the infestation was much less severe than at Yuma, the gains varied with the intensity of the infestation. Lint from the treated plots was much less stained and was increased in value several dollars a bale. As a result of this year's work, a tentative dusting schedule of five to nine applications of 15 to 18 pounds of either of the foregoing mixtures, applied at weekly intervals, has been recomnlen(ed to the growers. Population counts and studies of host-plant relationships have shown that cotton is not the favorite host plant of this group of insects and that other plants such as alfalfa. sugar beets grown for seed, sorghum, and desert vegetation, are the principal sources of the populations on cotton.

Breeding and colonization were continued with the three introduced pink bollworm parasites (Microbracon kirkpatricki Wilk., Ci clolus bltackburn i Cameron, and the Hawaiian strain of M. mellitor (Say)). Liberations of the three species were made in Texas and Mexico anid of C. blackburni in Puerto Rico. Although recoveries have been made near the points of liberation it is


still not definitely known if any of the species have become establlised. 31. kirkpatricki has been found not to hibernate andll( it requires the presence of host larvae for colitilnullOllus breeding during tle vitller. conditions s in thle fields of the Big Bend section are inot favoralble for the survival of tlis species, .Ild breeding as dliscontinued in the spring of 19"8 after 11e liberation of mately 75,000 adults. Part of these liberations were madetl in fie ,oll weevilinfested area of southeastern Texas. since it lhas been determined that this parasite also attacks the boll weevil under laboratory coimditioiis. C. blackburni overwinters in the long-cycle pink bollwormls and ,emrg(es aluiit the same time as the pink bo'llworm moths. A shil)lelit of 3. iirorfcuun ('ushman, a parasite of the pink bollwormn, was received from Jlln in April 10:, 1" through cooperation with the I)ivision of Foreigpi Parasite Inlt rodutio() of lhe Bureau. The tecli(que of breeding has been developed and mass production is under way.
In the studies of varieties of cottoii best suited for growing under pintik bollworil conditions the (luick-1iatulin eastern varieties agaii gave gr(ter yields and better grades of st, ple than the slow-niaturing variety es. The varieties with small open-type plants and determinate growth which Imatiire a large proportions of their crop early in the season were less (lamiagedl 1by the pink bollworm than the other va ri'eties. A date-of-laiting expeniit showed that a wide spread in the time of planting, especially in fields in the same vicinity, resilts in severe pink bollworm da;image to Inte-planted cotton.
Results of studies onil the relation of different winter treatments to 1)iik bollworm survival showed that heavy winter pasturing of cotton Iield(s decreased the pink bollworni carryover. Early winter burial of infested bolls followed by a winter irrigation decreased the survival much more than winter burial without a winter irrigation. Where no winter irrigations were apI)plied early winter burial gave a higher survival than late winter burial. Srvival was also greatly influenced by depth of burial, the survival decreasing with tlihe depth.
Continued tests with insecticides failed to disclose a method that will give satisfa cto ry control.

In 1937 the cotton leaf worm was first reported in southern Texas on June 5, about 2 weeks later than in 1930. Spread to the north and east friii this area was comparatively slow. Infestations were f found in northern Florida and southern Alabama a month before they a appeared in Louisiana or Mississippi and were apparently due to a separate inigration of moths from the Tropics. Observations in Puerto Rico during 1930 and 1937 showed that this pest bred continuously on cotton but at no time beenie abundant. This ilisect does not overwinter in the United States and the origin of these annual migrations of moths is still unknown. The mixtures of arsenicals and11 sulphur used for flea hopper and boll weevil control also controlled the leaf w(rliis.
Commercial calcium arsenates, groulped according to high, intermledia te, and low mortalities to, boll weevils. were tested for toxicity against lifth-instar leaf worms. The groIups causing lhi hl and(1 in t erni(ldiate boll weevil rtI.I alipercent. The median lethol doses of six calium arsmealltes. lea d arselle, Iris green, ad(1 two mixtures of paris green aid 'lciumiil asel were determined for fifth-instar leaf wormils by a m odifiatioNl of ithe sa ndwiclh milethod. The median lethal doses for the cliu mI arsenaies ra iged frn 0.12 to 0.72 illigrain per gram of body weight: for a mixture Iof 7.5 percent of plris green a1(l 92.5 percent of calcium arsenate, 0.09 milligram~ ; for a mixture of 10 percent of paris green and 00 percent of calciim arseiate, 0.04 ; for lead arsenate, 0.02 and for pa ris g.,reen, 0.01.

Most (of the damage by the 1)ollworm in eastern Texas during 1937 was caused by thie second generation of hollwornlis on cotton atId c(IInsequelitly occurred late in the season. Better gains were again secured ill lhe 1-acre plots by dust ing, with calcium arsenate than with it lie following roller insect icides tested: Mixtures of calcium arsallte an d sulphur (1 to 1 and 1 to 29); n- ixtures of sulphur and paris green (7.5) and 10 percent, respect ively) : barium fluosilicate; and sulphur with 20 percent of cryolite. IBarium tflusilicate gave good control and increase in yield in a limited number of tests but the results from a cryolite-sulphur mixture were disappointingly low. Ini tests with )lots of one thirty-second of an acre arranged( in Ia latin squpare ieh vyields


indicated that calcium arsenate, calcium arsenate plus paris green (5 and 10 percent, respectively), and calcium arsenate plus 50 percent of sulphur were equally effective against the bollworm when the mixtures were applied at the rate of 7.76 to 9 pounds of calcium arsenate per acre. When the rate of application of calcium arsenate was reduced to 7 pounds per acre in a calcium arsenate-lime mixture the yield was likewise reduced. Pyrethrum and sulphur (0.09 percent pyrethrins I and II) was not effective against this insect.

Studies on the changes in biology and habits of the Thurberia weevil when removed from its native host, Thurberia, and bred exclusively on cotton were concluded and the weevil eradicated from the field used for this purpose. Records of emergence of weevils from Th urbcria plants growing under natural conditions in the mountains show a definite correlation with the occurrence of rains during July and August and further corroborate previous evidence that the infestations in cultivated cotton in the Santa Cruz Valley are due to a transfer from the Th urbcria plants and not from a carry-over in the fields.

Investigations were continued on the aphids An urapliis maidiradiis (Forbes), Trifidaphis phascoli (Pass.), and Rhopalosiphuml subterraneum Mason attacking cotton. The three species are generally distributed throughout the cotton-producing sections of the Carolinas and Virginia and cause appreciable loss to cotton in these States. Control is difficult because of the large number of weed and cultivated host plants, the subterranean habits of the aphids, and the fact that they are attended by ants that move the stem mothers from place to place and start new infestations.


An investigation of the varietal characters of cotton in relation to attack by the boll weevil, aphids, and thrips is being conducted at Stoneville, Miss., to secure basic information for use by plant breeders in developing varieties that are more tolerant or immune to insects. Excellent material is available at the Delta Branch Station of the Mississippi Agricultural Experiment Station in the collection of all the principal species and varieties of cotton grown for genetical studies and varietal tests. Of the 44 varieties of cotton studied, the varieties producing bolls of medium thickness were less damaged by the weevil than those with either thick or thin boll walls. A negative correlation was found between boll-wall thickness and toughness of the carpel lining as measured by a resistometer. No varieties or individual plants have been found that are resistant to aphid attack, although the increase in population on varieties with different degrees of pilosity was in direct proportion to the number of hairs on the lower leaf surfaces. Dusting with calcium arsenate increased the aphid population on all types of cotton, but the ratio of increase was greater on the glabrous varieties. Preliminary studies indicate that some varieties are more seriously damaged by thrips than others, but the factors responsible for these variations have not been determined.


The discovery of reinfestation by the pink bollworm in the Santa Cruz Valley of Arizona and also in Pinal County, Ariz., after a lapse of several years, and a rather general spread of infestation in the regulated areas, with an increase in the degree of infestation in the Pecos Valley in both Texas and New Mexico, were among the more important developments of the 1937 crop season. The infestations in the two Arizona areas are light, and they were brought under regulation on January 3, 1938.

Cotton plantings in the Santa Cruz Valley extend from near Nogales, in Santa Cruz County, northward to about 18 miles above Tucson, in Pima County. Most of the acreage is in the upper part of the valley, in the Marana section. The last previous infestation was found in the 1930 crop. The first specimens in the 1937 crop were found on November 2, additional specimens being taken


almost daily until November 17, when work was discontinued. By securing individual samples of trash at gins it was determined that infestation was general from the southern part of the valley northward to Hillito, but the results were negative for the Marana section.
Following discovery of the infestation, intensive inspections were begun in Pinal County. This county 1 had previously been infested, the last infestation having been in the 1931 crop and the count y having been released from regulations in December 1933. Conditions were ideal for inspections, and the fact that only one specimen was found indicates that the new infestltion is extremely light.
In view of the discovery of a rather general pink bollworm infestation in southern Arizona, the question arose as to whether or not this insect was infesting Thurliria plants. To obtain information on this point several thousand Th urberia bolls were collected in November and December from various mountain ranges. The inspection of these resulted in the discovery of one specimen from bolls collected in the Rincon Mountains east of Tucson. Following this finding additional bolls were collected, but no further specimens were found. Over 88,003 Thulrberia bolls were inspected.

Weather conditions were unusually good throughoghout the season, and as a result very thorough gin-trash inspections could be made. In the lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas infestation was again established. To check oin any possible build-up of infestation the work in (Cameron County was divided into two periods. From July 7-31, 422 bushels of trash were inspected and 10 pink bollworms found. On August 20 and 21, 12 pink bollworms were taken from 73 bushels of trash, which indicates some increase. In addition, one specimen was taken in Hidalgo County. but results were negative in Willaey and Starr Counties. In the Texas Panhandle infestation was found in 6 counties, 29 specimens being found. This is a slight increase over the previous season. In the Pecos Valley of Texas there was a considerable increase in the number of specimens found: in fact, the records show this to b)e the heaviest infestation that has ever been found in that section. The same situation exists in the southern part of the Pecos Valley of New Mexico, but only one specimen was found in the northern part. In the El Paso, Mesilla, and Safford Valleys there was very little change. In the Deming area a general but light infestation was found throughout the cotton acreage.
A summary of the amount and results of the various types of inspection is given in table 9.

TABLE 9.-Sunmnary of inspections for the pink bollworm in regulated areas. crop season of 1937

Gin trash Field Laboratory

District Pink Pink Green Pink Bushels boll- an- boll- boll bollworms days worms samples worms

Lower Rio (rande Valley, Tex -----------------5,141 23 0 0 0 0
Texas Panhandle .......------------------------------ (. 001 29 0 0 7 0
Pecos Valley, N. Mex ...... ....----------------------------- 120 1 ( 11 12
Pecos Valley, Tex. ---------------------------------- 623 0 0 (S 7
Big Bend, Tex ..------------------------------------- 0 (1) 25 0 0
Hudspeth County, Tex. (s utheastern part) 0 ... 10 1, 0 0 20 1.232 El Paso Valley, Tex. ........------------------------- 3 31 0 0 127 S3
Mesilla Valley, N. M\lex....... --------------------------- 0 0 1
Tularosa, N. Mex ---------------------------------- 0 0 0 0 (1 0
I)eming, N. 1Mex. ---------------------------------- 7 143 0 0 21 100
Duncan Valley, Ariz., and N. TMex-------- ( 0 0__ 0 12 0
Safford Valley, Ariz ....----------------..--------------- 50 2tr 0 0 25 0
Tucson, Ariz.3 ......... ...-------------------------------- 473 2 ) 7 0
Casa Grande. Ariz. ..................----------------------------- 4. 550 1 0 0 0 0
Total .........................-----------------------------------...17, 2, 42 i46 312 1, 4 5

I Incidental inspections.
2 All cotton ginned in SaffTord Valley and inspect ions included under that district
3 35 specimens of the Thurberia weevil were found.
4 Some of the inspections made before area was placed under renzlat ions.



Mention was made in the last annual report that regulations enforced in the lower Rio Grande Valley would be somewhat modified. Instead of requiring each gin to install a sterilizer, large plants have been erected at various points in the district and all seed for milling purposes is heated to 1550 F., after which it is allowed movement to any destination. Seed for planting purposes is stored in approved places until the end of the ginning season and is then sterilized by the State of Texas. A simple permit system is used, so the amount of unsterilized seed remaining in the district and the persons who have the seed are known at all times.
Owing to the mild climate, cotton plants are seldom killed by frost, and under usual conditions produce plenty of fruit to maintain the pink bollworm throughout the year. Therefore regulations were issued by the State of Texas providing that cotton stalks are to be destroyed after the harvesting season and not later than October 1. This would eliminate, during a period of some 6 or 7 months, any material on which the insect could propagate. Some 295,(00 acres were planted to cotton in the 1937 crop, and on the whole very good cooperation was received in connection with the stalk-destruction program. One of the biggest difficulties was the fact that a considerable acreage is owned by nonresidents, and in some cases it was impossible to locate them. Incidentally, a similar program was carried out on the Mexican side.

In the fall of 1932 a special control program was instituted in the Big Bend to reduce a very heavy pink bollworm infestation and eliminate as much as possible the danger of spread to other areas. In brief, this program consisted of thorough clean-up of fields in the fall; delayed planting of the cotton crop the following spring, so that the peak of moth emergence would pass before cotton began fruiting; and the use of small plots of cotton to trap the later emerging moths. As mentioned in the last annual report, this program was abandoned for the 1987 season. A very heavy infestation developed in the 1937 crop, the damage being estimated by various farmers to be as high as 75 percent in some few cases, with the average being perhaps from 30 to -140 percent. Farmers requested that the program be resumed. This heavy infestation presents a grave menace to other cotton areas: therefore, early in 1938 the Texas Pink Bollworm Commission held a hearing at Marfa to consider what steps should be taken. As a result a 2-year plan of control was submitted and has been agreed to by the Federal and State departments, and farmers iii the area have promised complete cooperation. Briefly, the plan is that all cotton in the fall of 1938 be picked and ginned as promptly as possible; that prior to October 1 all cotton stalks be cut and piled while still green, the stalks to 1,be piled the same day they are cut and the piles burned as soon as the stalks are sufficiently dry; all storage places for cotton or cotton products to be thoroughly cleaned; and in the spring of 1.)39 no cotton to be planted prior to May 1.

Conditions as a rule were especially favorallde for inspection outside regulated areas. The territory covered during the 1937 inspection season was not so large as (during the previous year, but about hlf again as much trash was inspect. Intensive inspections were made in northern Florida, southern Georgia, southern Alabama, southern a11d lnorthwesternll Texas. southwestern Oklahoma, and Maricopa and Pinal (Counties, Ariz. The border cotton-growing areas of Mexico adjacent to the lower Rio GIrande Valley of Texas were also inspected very thoroughly. The only findings other than the specimen at Casa Grande. Ariz., were in Mexico. In the Matamoros area, which is opposite the lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas, considerable inspection was done. Specimens of the pink bollworm were found on the first day and almost daily thereafter. Inspections began on July 20 and were continued through July 28, 338 specimens being found in the 287 bushels of trash examined. In the Don Martin project, an important cotton section, results were negative. In the Juarez Valley, which is opposite the E1 Paso Valley of Texas, some incidental inspections of trash were made by hand and specimens readily found. A summary of the amount and results of the various kinds of inspection is given in table 10.


TABLE 10.-Sumnanmary of inspections f(r the pink bollwcorm outside regulated areas, crop season of 1937

Gin trash Field Laboratlory

State Pink Man- Pink Pink Bushels boll- days boll- ples bolllays piles
wornis worms worms

Alabama -__ ... 3,411 0 0 0 0 0 Arizona ....... ..... .... ...... .... _- 12, 508 0 0 0 0 0
Florida ------- 1,878 0 (1) 1 595 0 G eorgia.............. .------------.- 7, 954 0 0 0 5 2 0
New Mexico. 0 0 U 0 99 0 Oklahoma 5,873 0 9 0 141 0 South Carolina --------------------.. ..------------- 740 0 0 0 0 0
Texas...---- ----------------------------------------- 53, 811 0 0 0 1,322 0
Total---------------------------------------- 86, 175 0 9 1 2, 739 0
Chihuahua 2.. ------------------------------------ 4 48 0 0 0 0
Nuevo Leon....---------------------------------1, 631 0 0 0 0 0
Tamaulipas .... ..------------------------------ 732 665 (2) 32 0 0
Total -------........------------------------------ 2,367 713 0 32 0 0
Grand total..-------------------------------88, 542 713 9 33 2, 739 0

I Incidental inspection of experimental plots of cotton on the city of Miami farm. All the cotton was destroyed immediately after this specimen was found.
2 Incidental inspections.

The eradication of wild cotton in southern Florida was continued. This work was begun in 1932 to eliminate a rather heavy pink bollworm infestation and thus remove the danger of spread to the main Cotton Belt. Owing to climatic conditions effective work can only be done during the fall and winter and early in the spring. The past season was unusually favorable for eradication work. A deficiency in rainfall made working conditions more agreeable, helped to keel) down insects, retarded the growth of wild cotton plants and other vegetation, and made it possible to reach some locations which are ordinarily rather difficult. The upper west-coast counties were cleaned 3 times, and only 81 plants containing mature fruit were found. The Ten Thousand Islands section, which is perhaps the most difficult to work in the entire district, was cleaned twice. As a result of a survey made with an autogiro during the spring of 1937, 14 new colonies of wild cotton, covering 59 acres, were located and cleaned. One of these colonies in Collier County was infested with the pink bollworm. The Cape Sable and Florida Bay sections were cleaned twice, the mainland keys were also cleaned twice, and some of the colonies were cleaned three times. In the Florida Bay section two new colonies were located and cleaned. This makes 16 colonies which were located "and cleaned for the first time. They covered approximately 71 acres and contained 1,129 mature and 1,218 seedling plants. During the recleaning 1,127,183 seedling and 3,511 sprout plants were removed. In addition, over 15,000 acres were scouted without any wild cotton being found. In view of the surveys that have been made it is believed that all wild cotton has now been located and cleaned. The work hereafter will consist in cleaning the various colonies before any of the plants can mature and shed seed. This procedure has been followed for several seasons in the counties nearest cultivated cotton, and there has been a very noticeable decrease in the number of seedling plants that come up each season.


That part of southern Arizona infested with the Thurberia weevil ha-Is been under regulations for a number of years, and similar control Ineasures are used for both the pink bollworm and the Thurberia weevil. The lost of the weevil is Thurbcria thesp(nsioides, a plant which grows in various mountain ranges. Approximately 6,000 acres are planted to cotton, and each season a few weevils have been found. During the past season 35 weevils were found as a result of gin-trash inspection.


In 1935 emergency relief funds were used to attempt eradication of Thurberia plants in the nearby mountain ranges and thus remove the menace from cultivated cotton. This work has been carried on continuously since it was begun. The range nearest cultivated cotton was first cleaned, after which work was begun in the Santa Catalina Range, which is next nearest, and all work during the past season was in this range. Work was carried on from a camp in the mount ins, and as various sections were completed the camp was moved from time to time. During the year 19,600 acres were covered and 106,034 Th urberia plants destroyed. The majority of these plants were infested with the Thurberia weevil. Since work was begun 200,150 acres have been covered and 1,320,042 Thurbcria plants destroyed.

In March 1938 a new field laboratory was opened at Madison, Wis., in cooperation with the Wisconsin Agricultural Experiment Station and the University of Wisconsin. Beekeepers, acting under the agency of the American Honey Producers' League, assisted in establishing this laboratory by donating hives and bees. Imediate work assigned to the new laboratory includes problems of supersedure and pipcka ge bhees in connercial honey-producing apiaries, especially under conditions encountered in the North Central States.
In the study of resistance to American foulbrood, colonies headed by line-bred queens of strains showing resistance made a better showing when inoculated with American fonibrood than did colonies headed by queens of any one of these strains mated with drones from the other strains. During the spring of 1938 some 2,500 queens of resistant stock were reared for distribution among beekeepers for testing under commercial apiary conditions.
In studies of the intestinal tracts of bees fed honey infected with spores of Bacillus larrec, the causative organisms of American foulbrood, such spores were recovered from the rectal ampullae of worker bees and then grown in culture. This indicates a possibility that the excreta of diseased bees may be a means of spreading the disease.
An easily prepared culture medium for Baciltlus larrac was devised that possesses distinct advantages over media previously used in the Bureau. For example, growth of B. larrae was obtained with it when the number of spores present averaged only 1 per cc, whereas in the past the minimum number with which growth could be obtained in culture has been held to be 50,000 per cc. The way now seems open for making single-spore cultures for studies of pure strains.
Commercial high-test lye, in various concentrations ranging from 1 pound in 1 gallon of water to 1 pound in 30 gallons, proved to be a relatively weak disinfectant for spores of Bacilluhs lurr'el at both 370 and 700 C. Spores exposed to boiling in water appeared to become attenuated, and the use of larger inocula was necessary to obtain growth in culture than is the case with untreated spores.
A total of 1.041 samples were received for disease diagnosis and inspection. These included 789 samples of brood and 66 of the dead or abnormal adult bees, as well as 186 imported queens submitted for inspection of their attendants for the mite Acmrirlpis woodi (Rennie). in accordance with existing regulations.
In the breeding work a satisfactory X-ray dosage for queens was determined and three mutations resulted. but none vwas held suitable for use as genetic markers. Attempts to mate bees within a copper-screen enclosure 20 by 20 by 20 feet were unsuccessful. The unmnated queens an(l drones appeared to fly freely from, and to return to, hives within the enclosure, but the drones invariably flew against the cage walls repeatedly or rested on them while absent from their hive. No apparent attempt at mating was observed.
Studies of the cubit al indices of various races so far have consistently given lower vu:lnes for the Caucasian than for other races.
Cooperative work with the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station showed wide variation in the quantity of nectar produced by different varieties of pear trees in the Rogue River Valley in Oregon. The Bose. Anjou, and Comice, varieties that present a pollination problem, produced only meager quantities. The amount of nectar produced by pear trees was observed to increase with temperature, but the percentage of sugars in it remained low in comparison with that in nectar of other flora competing for the attention of the honeybee. Bees obtained considerable pollen from the blossoms early in the morning.
A chemical analysis of various pollens to determine their relative food values for the honeybee was undertaken in cooperation with the division of chemistry of the University of California. So far the protein and fat content has varied


widely in different pollens. The pollens collected for study vary in color throughout most of the range of the visible spectrum. Carotin was found associated with orange-colored pollens.
In a study of the effect on a colony of removing a portion of its bees, as occurs when a colony is used for package-bee production, the resulting population of test colonies from which 3 to 4 pounds of bees were removed every 10 days for a 3-month period this spring apparently was not materially reduced below that of colonies from which only 2 pounds of bees were removed, or even below that of check colonies from which no bees were removed.
Work in cooperation with the division of chemistry of the University of California showed that the treatment of beeswax with citric, oxalic, and plosphoric acids will remove metal stalls and restore the yellow colors without seriously affecting the acid number. The acid can be removed by washing with hot water although when this is (done the wax becomes slightly harder. Beeswax has been separated into six fractions at various temperatures from 0o to 70 C. These fractions ranged in hardness from that of vaseline to that of rosin. The coloring materials were contained in fractions remove at lower temperatures. Propolis, a coinnion contaminator of beeswax. was shown to be a vaIriable material having a higher acid number, iodine number, and density but a lower saponification number than beeswax.
Field surveys continue to emphasize the importance of the sulpersedure problem and tile necessity of having hardy queens of good stock for use with package bees. Thus, of the queens in 143 packages established by the field laboratory at Madison, Wis., 2.8 percent were lost during introduction, 3.5 percent failed to lay, 3.5 percent were lost during the first week, 4.9 percent during the second and third weeks, 1.4 percent during the fourth andl fifth weeks, and 4.2 percent during the sixth and seventh weeks, making a total of 2(0.3 percent. Of the queens still retained in the colonies at the end of the seventh week those classed as inferior amounted to 19.6 percent of the original number.
The work on supersedure resulted in the publication of a method for installing package bees which includes spraying both package bees an(d queens with sugar sirup, thereby permitting the direct release of the queen among the package bees and the commencement of egg laying with a minimum loss of time. In certain field studies the tine required for initial egg laying by package queens was reduced from an average of 4.2 days to less than 1 day by use of this method.
In an effort to determine whether conditions surrounding the development of the queen plly any part in supersedure, the physiological and (1 chemical investigations on the growth and developmentt of queens and workers were largely completed. The chemical studies included an analysis of the nitrogen, lipid, and carbohydrate content. Royal jelly was found to contain 20 units of vitamin B per gram, but vitamin A is ablseint. The biological vallie of the protein content is 75 percent. Royal jelly was also found to posseos definite hlacteriostatic and bactericidal properties. Since it has been ascertained that both worker and queen honeybees develop at approximately the satie rate during the first 41/_, days of larval life, after which the workers' develop(mlent is retarded, it would appear that either a qualitative or a quantitative dietary deficiency is a contributing factor in causing the dimorphic condition.
The studies on vitamins A and B in royal jelly were carried oin ill cooeration with the Bureau of Chemistry and Soils while the germicidal studies were conducted in cooperation with the bacteriology depart ment of Louisia na State University.
Stud(lies on the lethal effect of insecticides on the honeybee showe(,d tlh:t 2 miicrogr llms of calcium arsenate or of a rsenic pent oxide was sufficient to re io('e the longevity of caged honeybees 50 percent as compared with the lon evity of control obees. For lead arsenate the corresl)on(limg figure was 10 1o 15 mirograms. I'henothiazine did not reduce the longevity to this extent, eveni when more than 500 micrograms per bee was fed. Phenothii:nzine was consideralbl repellent to bees. whereas lead arsenate and calcium arsenate were only slightly so.




To expedite the testing of materials as protectors against screwworm infestation of wounds in various classes of livestock and to give experimental conditions more directly comparable with those on ranches a 1,300-acre tract was leased near Menard, Tex. This land, which is typical of the ranches of that area, has been stocked with about 1,300 sheep and goats and a few other livestock for use in the experimental work.
Previous work had shown that phenothiazine is an excellent material for killing young screwworm larvae infesting a wound, and that this chemical would protect the wound against subsequent infestation for a considerable number of days. Since phenothiazine, however, is relatively nontoxic to screwworms over 3 days old, search has gone forward to discover a chemical having the protective properties of phenothiazine and yet toxic to all stages of screwworms. During the season 1937-38 approximately 550 different organic compounds were tested, of which 46 were shown to possess greater toxicity to screwworms than phenothiazine. Three of the latter were indicated to be of exceptional value for the prevention and treatment of screwworm cases in range livestock.
Two important developments in the investigation of methods for controlling horn flies give promise of providing means of greatly reducing screwworm cases predisposed by these flies. One of these, a unique discovery in insectcontrol methods, consists in feeding animals l)henothiazine. Most of this chemical is unabsorbed by the animal and passes out with the undigested contents of the alimentary tract, and its presence in the manure prevents the development of horn fly larvae therein. This finding appears to have possibilities in meeting the problem of horn fly control in range areas where the disposal of manure to prevent fly breeding is not practical. The other method of horn fly control resulting from the year's work was the development of an automatically operated fly trap. One year's practical test with the device indicates that it will provide an inexpensive and efficient method of ridding dairies, feed lots, and fairly large ranches of the pest.
In cooperation with the Bureau of Animal Industry investigations were begun to find a treatment for screwworin-infested animals which would promote healing of the injuries and thus reduce the expense of feeding and treating wounded animals over a relatively long period.
Continued observations on the overwintering habits of the primary screwworm fly (Cochliojy'it aecricana C. and P.) showed that in southwestern Texas the pest survived the winter of 1937-38 south of a line from Uvalde westward to the Rio Grande and up the valley of the Pecos River as far north as Sheffield; in the Southeast, from Valdosta, Ga., southward; and in Arizona throughout the southwestern part of the State.
Dispersion of the primary screwwornm fly from the overwintering area, which apparently began in March, reached its northern limit, a line extending from Oklahoma City, Okla., to Amarillo, Tex., and Tucumcari, N. Mex., by July 18. Dispersion eastward reached western Louisiana about July 1 and north-central Louisiana about August 1. The rate of migration of the pest was somewhat slower in a northerly direction in 1937 than in 1936 but was more rapid toward the east. Migration was uniformly progressive until the first of August, when the hot, dry weather in the north and excessive rainfall in eastern Texas and Louisiana stopped further movement.
In certain sections of the Southwest several species of ants, especially those belonging to the genera Eciton and Plhcidole, destroy from about 65 to 90 percent of the larvae and pupae of Coc iom iia a(inecricana that develop from the carcass of an animal that has died of a screwworm infestation. Histerid beetles are not known to destroy screwworm larvae but they devour large numbers of the larvae of other blowflies present in a carcass.
It is indicated that from 50 to 90 percent of the larvae and pupae of screwworm flies are destroyed by natural agencies.
Temperatures considerably affect the populations of various genera of blowflies. In a period having a mean monthly range below 500 F. species of Calliphora and Cyvionya predominate, between 500 and 700 species of Phormnia are the most abundant, and with temperatures above 700 species of Cochlionmyia are most numerous.
Research on the factors which induce screwworm flies to oviposit on wounds of animals showed that there is a close correlation between the pH value of


the wound secretions and the degree of attractiveness of the wound for the flies. The greater the alkalinity within certain limits, the hirger the number of eggs deposited.

Research in perfectinllg insecticidal sprays for 11 thoe tr()'ectio f livestock against biting flies resulted ii the findiling that careful selectit on o(f ilte );ise miniteral oils within certaill b)iling-l)oillt ranges greatly ilicreases th le killing power of the spray. It was also discovered that the use of certain vegetable oils having no toxicity to insects ill themselves materially einhanices the llit effect of p)yrethrum and other insecticides whein these are cormi)ined wilit tlhe oils in an insecticidal mixture.

With the devastating (lutlreak of equine encep)halonlyelitis il the Nort h Central, VWestern, and Southwestern States during the suilller of 1987 vlwhi(hl resulted in the death of some 45.000 ainials, the Bureaus of Aininall iidistry and Entomology aind Plant Quamraltine coop())eratled in a effort to (ternin( the species of insects respo)()sille for the transmission of the disease. Alth o gli certain species of culicine mosquitoes appeared to be the vectors in parts f lthe Southwest, the opizootic died out before conclhsive data could be oined.
An epidemiological survey of a disease of d(lomiestic turkeys in the Southiea-t showed a high incidence of the disease ill that area, allld that the d(iscause is apparently responsible for a heavy mortality among young birds.

In addition to a large amount of work of a public-service nature in supplying information to individuals and commercial concerns on methods of citr rollijig household aund stored-product insect pests, assistance was given the Army, Navy, and C. C. C. inll funigating larlraks for the eradication of bedlugs and other vermin. Cooperation was extended the Procurement Divisin of llthe Treasury Departlmenlt and other Government agencies for the protectioii from insect damage of commodities in storage.
A number of Government publications giving information on the citrol (of insects in the household were prepared during the year.
Because of the increasing demand of manufacturers for a substance which will impart a moth-resistant quality to woolen fabrics, an intensive tdy(lv was begun to determine which chemicals not under patent at the present time would 1e suitable for this purpose.
K'o(n!strqllus librinocens Fisher, a new pest of books and papers, N'was discovered to be causing extensive daminge in libraries in Florida. Although this pest has probably been present in the united Slates for a number if years, this is the first time that it has been recorded, and the first evidelice ()f Ihle seriousness of the damage it can cause in this country.

Because of the increased abundance of the American d(og tick anid i tl incidence of the eastern form of Rocky Mountain spotted fever which it ca rries in the East, a laboratory was established at Vineyard HIaven, Mass.. ii July 1937 for investigating the control of this tick. The tick, besides bleiiig :a \tcl)rl of disease, is a serious pest of man and dogs in most of the Slates ( c,:t of the Rocky Mounitains. Sporadic cases of spott ed fever ha ve bIeen r(eport,',d fro)im practically every State in which the tick occurs.
The probl)leml of controlling the tick is complicated by the fact thal its iiimat ure stages are ~pr"sitic oin small wild rodents, whereas thie adu lt t u tic.k larger animals, the (log being the principal host.
Varrious controll methods are einig tested as rapidly as 1)(ssilile. T'!)( lninciIpal lines of attacking the problem are (1) the poisoning of r(leints ( climinate the hosts of the imlnature ticks, (2) coltro)lled burning of lusi : n d llll'der('cre(''r veget(atioll to destroy (dnl'nlll ()or ill acive siuti(es (io the tick and to remniove favornale haunts of rodents, (3) svsteimatic treattlielt of dogs in an urea to destroy the adult ticks, (4) t he use of titcki('ides and repellents sprayed oni vegetation for ridding relatively small aretas of the pest, and (5) the use of insect parasites of the tick.


Experiments on control of the tick during the year gave encouraging results. It was found that spraying vegetation with nicotine sulphate (1 to 200) will effectively rid an area of ticks for approximately 3 days.

Research on the biology, habits, and ecological relationships of mosquitoes showed, in the case of certain floodwater species in the Pacific Northwest, that there is a close relationship between temperature and percentage hatch of the eggs. In midwinter five alternate dryings and floodings of the eggs in the soil are required before they will all hatch, whereas in April, May, or June, after the eggs have passed their winter in dormancy, a single flooding will cause all of them to hatch. Eggs that would normally hatch on the first flooding during the period from June to August will become dormant again in September, after which more than one flooding is required to make them hatch. Observations also showed that the eggs may change from the winter dormant stage as early as April 20 in early seasons and as late as June 8 in late seasons. Therefore flood crests that occur before these dates do not cause the hatching of all viable eggs.
Additional data obtained during the past season demonstrated that eggs of the flood water mosquitoes Aedcs vcxans (Meig.) and A. aldrich i D. and K. may remain viable in the soil for at least 4 years under natural conditions.
The development of a machine for separating mosquito eggs from soil and a careful study of the differences in characteristics of the eggs of various species have greatly increased the rapidity with which studies on the biology of the more important forms can be completed.
Among the more important developments on methods of controlling mosquitoes during the year the following may be cited:
(1) The addition of 10 percent of pine oil to a pyrethrum-base oil mixture increased the mortality of mosquito larvae (Cnlex quinquefasciatus Say) from 7 to 65 percent and from 34 to 72 percent after the larvae had been exposed to the action of the larvicide for 1 and 24 hours, respectively. A pine-oil activator (10' percent) added to a, pyrethrum-base oil mixture increased the mortality of mosquito larvae from 7 to 89 percent and from 34 to 96 percent after 1 and 24 hours' exposure, respectively.
(2) Waste crankcase oils are in general unsuitable as mosquito larvicides. Their toxicity can be increased by the addition of such materials as kerosene, 5 percent of crude cresylic acid, and 5 percent of a light coal-tar creosote oil containing 12 percent of tar acids and 34 percent of crude naphthalene, but even witih this increased killing capacity they are not any more effective than fresh fuel oil or Diesel oil and are more expensive.
(3) Cashew-nutshell oil is a promising new mosquito larvicide. Applications of this oil at the rate of 12.5 gallons per acre of water surface result in killing 85 to 95 percent of the larvae.
Cooperation wiith the Bureau of Biological Survey and the Civilian Conservation Corps relative to the mosquito-control work of C. C. C. camps in New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland was continued. In addition to the technical advice given on methods of mosquito control on various types of salt marshes, observations were made on the effectiveness of ditching in the control of saltmarsh-breeding mosquitoes, the effect of the ditching on the flora and fauna of salt marshes, and the influence of this method of mosquito control on wildlife.
Changes in marsh fauna as a result of dlitching are dependent on the extent of flooding to which the marsh is subject. Ditched marshes which have regular tidal floodings appear to have practically the same numbers of animals suitable for wildfowl food per unit of area as do unditched marshes. Becallse the effect of ditching on the physica! a nd chemical characteristics of the soil and the water level is so varied in different marshes, and in different sections of an individual marsh, it is indicated that a thorough study of marsh conditions should be made before ditching is begun.
A compilation of data secured over a period of several years furnished material for a comprehensive manuscript, now in course of publication, on the taxonomy, biology, habits, and control of the mosquitoes in the southeastern part of the United States.

The total number of identifictions made and reported was 66,006, of which approximately 36 percent were for the Division of Foreign Plant Quarantines and 38 percent for the remaining divisions of the Bureau and other Federal


units. while the balance were (listributed amon anolg gencies of the various States and insular possessions, individuals of the United States, and foreign institutions and individuals. Approximately 1,2 00 lots remained unlfinished at the enld of the year. This is the smallest number of ulcolmp)leted lots oil h nd11(1 at lny one time for several years and in(licaltes definite impIrovement in expediting idenrltifications, for which an increase ill siff during tle year is largely respI onsi)ble. To facilitate and expedite the idlentific;entioni of matterial taken ill collnnection with the white-fringed beetle survey ill tie Southern Sltntcs a special identlification project was established at Gulfport, Miss., late in the year. As usual, a ssist;ince ill taxonomiic problems has been rendered numerous outside investigators, and considerable attention has beel given to the nl ailtellanct l and improvement of the extensive insect collections th lat are essential for reference purposes in connection with idenltificationI work.
The time not required for service activities was devoted to research stildies on various tiXOionilic and inorphological problems ill order to) improve tlhe classification in different ilisect groups an{d so to make possible more definite anid complete determinations. Forty-seven mjn iuscrip)ts were completed, of which 30 were published. In aldditioii, consider ble work wa;s I erfonrmed ()ii a number of extensive studies that were not complleted. Included ill this group are the following: Classitiction of the white grubs; ri'evision of Ithe bark beetles of the genus HylasNtes; revision of the weevils beloniginig to the genus PI'unttonorus ; revision of the w(ood-boring beetles of the genus ('C r!.soboth ris; classification of the Americnn moths of the sulhfa nil- IlvPhyciti me: revision of the moths of the f;imily ()ceophoridne; revision of the fruitilies of the genus A nastrcphai: revision of the blowilies of Northi Anmerica: revision of 1lhe p;rasitic wNasps of the genius Option; revision of the North bees of the genus Osia; geiieric classification of the leafhioppers of the family ( 'icaedellidae; revision of the plint lice of the gens My: fu:s; synopsis of the scale iil~ect genus Corococues; monograp)h of the scale insects of the genus Asterol'ccanium ; catalog of the North American moths of the family Noctuidne: generic revision of the North American thril)s; catalog of the Alloplura or sucki ng lice; study of the male genitalia in the Hymenoptera.


The foreign work of parasite introduction w as centered, as heretofore, at the field stations at St. Cloud, Franice, an d Yokohamaln. ,Jalpan. Activit is ill Europe on the pine shoot moth and larch caseb),e arer have been comllplet't e, and a study of the spruce sawfly begun. In the oriental field extclnsive \'wo)rk on natural enemies of the pink bollworm was undertaken, while the emphasis in the oriental fruit moth work was clanged from the collection and shipment of parasites to field studies.
A pi; rnsite-receivillng sta-tion wa s established at Mloorestown. N. J., for the (luarantine halnlling of imported material. ShipIments from the va rio is foreign countries are received at this station and, if living host mate(rianl or hyperparnsites re inccltudeold, the (adults a re reared and o( nly pure (clonuics of tlle desired species forwarded to the field stations for liberation. Thiry-three shipments were received( from foreign sources and 48 ship)lents, principI)lly of reared ma terial, transmitted to the Bureanu's various field stations for ooloniZ;Ition. In addition, eight consignmients of parasite material were p)ep('l)a;red and forwarded to foreign countries.
A study was und(lertakenl of thel(' effect of clhenml a nud ot her colt rol in't lthods
()in tile population of parasites, predators, and other natllral controlling f;lct' r U(f n series of ilsect pI)ts. C('ertain insecticides are voery dellriment!il toi l(e develol,lie(nt of the nt:ural &en'lemies, while otliers have little or no effect upon tllhe. Field statli ) s were established i at iMoo)rest w\vn, N. .. ()rla o,, Fla., ;a n( Whittier, (Calif., and the pests uni1der investigations a re tlle cmdling motli. st ra wlerry loef roller, a series of citrus scale insects. andit t1, citrus s \vilitelly.


The importation program followed closely that of 1937. with attention paid

fin-lt-ni m(, 1.221 adults of Tric haxsi rlm 'i lux ('EWalk.) were secun ed inl Fr:ance and shiliped :Is al d(lults. Parasite wo rk () the corn borer was restrict to) secuiriing Ph(i(ornes niiriidenis Wesi. in Italy. A total of 7.2N) heo t pupae contaiing ithe parasite were forwarded late in the sumnier of 1937. I ad(hitionl 1,(050 ;-idults f C'licloln annulip) 's 1 )n. mv 1' r(ece(ived1 from Ilitl (';in(alila


Department of Agriculture. A shipment of 1,880 adults of Collyria cal-itrator Gray., a parasite of the black stem sawfly, was received from the same source.
A consignment of 545 field-collected cocoons of Heterospilus ceph i Roh., a parasite of the European wheat-stem sawfly, was forwarded to the Department of Agriculture of Canada.
Studies were made of the parasites of the vetch bruchid and it was determined that Triaspis thoracicus (Curt.), previously imported against the pea weevil, also attacks the vetch bruchid. Accordingly some of the imported material is being utilized against this species.

Late in the fall of 1937 a total of 872,340 pink bollworm larvae were collected in Chosen and stored at the Yokohama, Japan, station for parasite development the following spring. From this quantity of host material parasites were reared and shipped to the United States as shown in table 11.

TABLE 11.-Parasites of the pink bollworm reared in Japan and shipped to the United States in 1938

Species Cocoons Adults Total

Microbracon nigrorufurn Cushman .... ..........................------------------------------ 93,481 832 94,313
Habrobracon pectinophorae Watanabe ...............................-----------------------------. 1,607 ........ 1, 607
Chelonus pectinophorae Cushman ---. --.----------------------- ----------- 154 154
Pristoeus sp. ------------------ ------------------------------ ---------- 19 19
Total...................................................................................------------------------------------------------------------- 96.093


Work on parasites of the pine shoot moth and larch casebearer in Europe was brought to a close with the completion of the 1937 collecting program in the Netherlands. In the spring of 1938 an investigation of the spruce sawfly was started in northern Europe. The survey is being made in all countries north of Czechoslovakia to determine the distribution of the pest and the ecological relationships of the pest and its parasites, and to locate new areas for large-scale collection. Promising infestations have already been found in northern Sweden and at the northern limit of spruce growth. This study is in cooperation with the Canadian Department of Agriculture, which has been conducting large-scale collections in central and southern Europe for a period of years.
In Japan collections of sawfly material were made and a shipment of 24,831 field-collected cocoons of Neodiprion scrtifcr (Geoffr.), with 693 tachinid puparia, were forwarded to the Canadian Department of Agriculture. Shipments of European spruce sawfly parasites from that organization to the Bureau totalled 1,300,000 adults of Microplectron fuscipennis (Zett.), 8,579 Exenterus abruptorius (Thunb.), 120 E. adspersus Hart., and 20 Microcryptus sp.
One consignment consisting of 1,326 field-collected egg masses of the elm leaf beetle was shipped from Japan to the California College of Agriculture, and from them 5,038 Tetrastichus sp. were secured for colonization.

The large-scale importation of oriental fruit moth parasites from Japan and Chosen, initiated in 1932, was discontinued at the end of the 1937 season, shipments during the latter half of that year consisting of 6,237 adults and 2,680 cocoons of 7 species of hymenopterous parasites and 130 tachinid puparia. The 19,38 season is being devoted to a study of alternate hosts of the parasites, which appear to be essential to the establishment and maintenance of several of the more important species, and to surveys of new areas. A shipment of 201 cocoons of Gam brus stokesii Cam. was received from Australia through the courtesy of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.

Shipments of parasites of the lima bean pod borer and the pea weevil continued. Of the pod borer parasites, 90 adults and 3,845 cocoons of Microbracon


pier (Wesm.), and 6,004 cocoons of Phanerotoina planifrons (Nees) were shipped from the European station at St. Cloud, France. Ini addition, 20,000 field-collected pod borer larvae and 43,000 larvae of the Mediterran iean flour inoth, parasitized by Phancrotona., were impIorted and the parasites reared at the receiving station. A total of 1.,854 Phaicroltomn ha l(i emerged from this material by the end of Jmue.
The importations of pea weevil-parnsite material Consiste(d of 250 pI)(mids of infested horse beans cotaining appI)I)roximately 15,(0)0 of the parasite Triq)sis thoracicus (Curt.).

The cooperative work with Puerto Rico has been c(otiiued and the Division arrange(l, through cooperation of several other divisions of thie lBnreau and other (rganizationls, for the shipment of paIrasites and predattors to the island, as listed in table 12.

TnIBLE 12.-Shipments of parasites into PIucrto Rico, fiscal year 19.3,

Host Parasite or predator Origin Shipped

Nu tmber
Bamboo scale ...------------. Chilocorus cacti L ...--------------------................. Cuba......------------- 1,086
)o .......------------------- C. platycephalus Muls .---------------------- do.....------------- 912
Horn fly ......-------------------.. Canton !aeis I)rury .-_----------------- United States... 9, 548
Lima bean pod borer _-------- Phanerotorna planifrons (Nees) ----------. Europe .....------------ 5. 000
Sugarcane borer ------------ C'helonus annlipes Wesm___ -----------------United States .._ 65, 800
Yellow sugarcane aphid ------- Coelophora inatqualis F ......H----------------- awaii ....------------ 395
Do..................------------------ Playomus lividigaster Muls .............----------------.... do ............-------------100


The Division forwarded directly, or through the cooperation of other divisions of the Bureau, shi)pmelnts of pIarasites and predators to the ('onlltries listed in table 13.

TABLE 13.-Shipments of parasites and predators to foreign ct couNtr i(s, fiscal ilear 1938

Country Host Parasite

Bahama Islands-------- Citrus blackfly _---------------------_ ('ryptognatha sp.
Canary Islands ---------Mediterranean fruitfly --------------Opius tryoni Cam.
Egypt -------------------. o -----------------------------------. o.
)o ........---------------- (o ..---------------------------Tetrastichus giffardianus Silv.
Italy ........------------------ ()riental fruit moth -----------------lacrocentrus ancylivorus Roh.
Peru .......------------------ Codling moth .------------------------coaster quadridenta Ws.
Do --------_-------- Mealybugs ------------( ryptolaenmus montrouzieri Mauls.
Uruguay--------------- English grain aphid -- .-- ILysiphlebus testaceipes (Cress.).


Experimental work on the aI)licatioi of Ilethyl bromide as a fulligant was continued. A fumigation house for strawherry plants was designed and constructed which embodied several new featur(res mid(1 Wls used ill the aI) plication of this treatment to commercial quantity es of strawbrry plalits for .Japanese beetle lhirve. Il tih fumigation o)f mirsery stock for the oriental fruit moth comi)lete mortality of the hibernating iisec(t was bta:iniied at (hses of 8, ,! and 4 pounds of methyl bromide per 1,000 (hubic( feet for 4 hours at 700 F., aIlld these treatments were tested ()on some 4-0 ldiffert varieties of 9 species of deciduous inrsery stock, approximately 2,()0) trees ill all. The trees were plainted(l ill the nilrsery alid only two or thr(e Varieties showed damage from the treat tent.
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Bare rooted nursery stock of evergreen ornamentals was fumigated in partial vacuum, varieties of juniper, Taxus, and arborvitae being used with excellent results.
In the fumigation of farm products for the Japanese beetle methods were developed for applying the treatment in refrigerator cars in the field, and potatoes, onions, tomatoes, sweetpotatoes, and a number of other fruits and vegetables were successfully treated in commercial quantities. Approximately 2,500 carloads of potatoes were fumigated and shipped to market with apparently no injury and at considerably less cost than with the method formerly employed for freeing this and other commodities from adult Japanese beetles.
Methods of fumigating sweetpotatoes with methyl bromide for the sweetpotato weevil were developed experimentally, and some commercial lots were fumigated and planted. It was found possible to kill all stages of the sweetpotato weevil in the potato by fumigation at atmospheric pressures without apparent injury to potatoes for planting purposes. Sweetpotato sprouts shipped in quantity can be fumigated without injury and freed from any stages of the sweetpotato weevil which may be present.

Studies on the normal physiology of insects are under way as a basis for understanding the physiological effects of insecticides and to provide a more intelligent approach to the practical problem of more efficient insecticides and insecticidal control of insect pests. A tentative classification of the mature and developmental forms of blood cells in the southern armyworm was made which shows a considerable difference in the blood cells in the various stages of development of the insect.
The innervation of the hearts of three insects was studied. The comparative susceptibility of these insects to the poisonous effects of nicotine is apparently correlated with the development and complexity of the lateral heart nerves. Insects in which the lateral heart nerves are well developed seem to be more susceptible to nicotine than those in which the lateral nerves are only slightly developed or are not present.
Studies on the southerii armyworm indicate that the fat body in the insect, which is supposed to be stored food, is increased when the insect is fed glucose. It is indicated that glycogen is formed from glucose, and that this substance is stored as a reserve food material.
The effect on the histology of the alimentary canal of the southern armyworm produced with various insecticides is being studied. As is to be expected, widely divergent effects by the different poisons were evident.

In cooperation with the Bureau of Plant Industry, in connection with breeding or selecting plants having insecticidal properties, some 880 plant extracts were tested on houseflies and mosquito larvae in a biological assay of the insecticidal value of various selected plants. These plants were pyrethrumor rotenone-bearing plants, in most cases grown in connection with a project for developing strains with higher insecticide content. Eight hundred and ninety-eight materials were tested on insect pests which feed on the leaves of crop plants. Of these materials, 729 were synthetic organic chemicals and 169 were of plant origin. Seventeen of the materials caused 100-percent mortality in the test insects, which were well-grown specimens of the southern armyworm, while a much larger number caused complete mortality in Colorado potato beetle larvae. Five other insects of economic importance as pests of crop plants were used in tests, and certain of the compounds were tested for their effect on the crop plants.

The results of experimental work on nicotine fumigation show that its efficiency depends on the concentration of the nicotine and the length of exposure, the former being much more important in influencing effectiveness. On certain insects, including the bean and chrysanthemum aphids, the onion thrips, and the American cockroach, nicotine was apparently much more toxic than hydrocyanic acid.
In greenhouse fumigation a method of atomizing nicotine and distributing it throughout the greenhouse was found considerably more effective than the old


tobacco-vapor-smudge method. Vaporization of nicotine in the exhaust pipe of a gasoline engine also gave high concentrations which were effective. Dry conditions in the greenhouse result in somewhat higher concentrations of nicotine, with an increase in insecticidal eflliciency with the same dosage.
Atomization of niicotiine aind its application under canvas trailers was found effective against spinach and pea aphids in the field.

Experimental work was coItinued oil methods of applying insecticides from the upper air in the form of dust or dust mixed with adhesive, and a melchanical apparatus was developed for such application, coinstructed, and mounted in a rotary-winged aircraft. It will be given practical commercial tests in thle near future. Various modifications were made in the apI) aratus for spraying for the gypsy moth, including the redesigning and remodeling of spray equipment for the application of wet insecticides.

The Division of Insecticide Investigations continued work onil all its projects designed to develop new and more effective insecticides. The general work was performed in Washington, D. C., and more specific problems were studied at the six field stations maintained by the Division. Many of the results were made available to the public through the medium of 52 scientific articles, of which 7 appeared in Department publications and the rest in outside journals. Seventeen patents, of which 13 describe new synthetic organic insecticides, were issued to members of the Division, and the monthly review of United States patents relating to pest control was, as usual, issued regularly and distributed to a large list of entomologists, both American and foreign.

The study of the constitution of the pyrethrins, which are the active constituents of the very important group of ilniecticidal preparations made from pyrethrum flowers, was actively continued. Much knowledge of the structure of the side chain was gained, but its exact nature has not yet been determined. Further attempts to obtain the two pyrethrins separately and in pure condition were made with a newly available solvent, aind by means of selective adsorption on various powders, but these attempts were unsuccessful. Three scientific articles dealing with the chemistry of the pyrethrins and one concerning their relative toxicity to flies were published.
Different species of Nicotiana niow commercially unknown and their hybrids with tobacco (N. tabacunim) were examined for their content of alkaloids. The presence of nornicotine was noted in N. trigonoph!ylla and in va rious hybrids of sylvcstrisXtaba(cun. In addition to nornicotiine, N. trigoinophiylla was found to contain a new alkaloid whose nature is not yet fully determined. A new sample of N. glauca and several of its hybrids with N. tabacuim were shown to contain anatbasine with small proportions of nicotine. One article concerning certain phases of this work was published.
The study of rotelnone-bearing plants was contfiie(d to work with derris and cube, which, however, covered several aspects. Upon conclusion of the work onil the development of analytical methods, descriptions of the procedures adopted both for extraction of the rotenone and for its recovery from the extract were published, and steps were taken to have them adopted by the Association of Official Agricultural Chemists, an action which will make them the standard methods of the D)epartment. A study was begun of the alkaloidal material occurring in some samIles of cube to the extent of 0.1 to ).2 percent and in derris in lesser amounts, but no information as to its nature is yet available. An investigation was also made of the soluble constituents of derris root in an effort to learn more abouIt the toxicity of thiis important insecticide to warm-bloode(d animals. 'These water-soluble constituents have now been shown to be nontoxic to mice. They contaiii a large quantity of some sugar, but the absence of a toxic glucoside has been proved.
The study of the conistitueits of qua ssia wood was continued, and comparative experiments were 7m'1ade within the four isomers that have been na ed quassin, nmoquassin, picrasmin, and isoquassin. Although their structures have not been fully determined, somnie progress was made and a report of ecom-


plishments will soon be published. Certain species of Helenium were also investigated. The results concerning tenulin, a compound present in H. badiulm,
-will' soon be published.
Other plants to which some attention was devoted include P1chllodeudron a m rense, P. laralli, Spin dls drIunijinmoili, and Madh a latifolia or Mowrah meal. The last-nanmed material was found to contain a large quantity of a saponin, which is probably the constituent responsible for the toxicity.


The search for organic compounds capable of being substituted for lead tarsenate and other harmful metallic poisons was continued vigorously. Approximately 24)0 compounds were obtained or synthesized, and submitted to cooperating entomologists for testing against various insects. Three such materials. namely, dihenzothiophone, thiocoumarin, and phenothioxin, were (:onsidered of sufficient promise to be applied in small field tests against the codling moth at Vincennes, Ind., but the results of these tests are not yet available.
Phenothiazine continues to hold interest as a possible means of control for codling moth larvae and other insects. Chemical work with it, however, was confined to the determination of residues and an attempt, described later, to find stickers to improve its adherency to foliage. Incidentally, when samples of markedly different degrees of fineness were prepared, it was found by entomologists that their toxic effects on codling moth larvae were radically different, the finest material being the most effective.
Thirteen patents covering the use of various compounds as insecticides were issued to members of the Division.


Studies on the removal of spray residues were carried on both in Washington, I). C., and at the field stations in Yakima. Wash., and Vincennes, Ind. It was found that the use of bordeaux mixture increases the difficulty of removing lead arsenate from apples, that there is a varietal effect, and that variations in picking date are relatively unimportant.
A detailed study of derris residues on cabbages was made. The analyses were made by the colorimetric procedure previously developed in this Division. It was demonstrated that the heaviest treatment used left a residue of 0.22 grain per pound, which is less than one-tenth (of the quantity reported to have been fed to experimental animals without deleterious effect. No studies of washing technique were made, but analyses made before and after rain indicate that about 90 percent of the residue is easily washed off.


Because of its importance for the control of the cotton boll weevil, considerable attention was again given to calcium arsenate. One sample was put through an air classifier, and detailed physical and chemical analyses made of the fractions obtained. It was found that, not only was a physical separation into different particle-size ranges accompllished, Ibut there was also a very evident chemical fractionation. The free lime and the basic arsenates accumulated in the finer fractions, .with the result that the soluble-arsenic content was greatly different in the various portions. Similar separations were then inmade on the three types of commercial product undergoing tests in the Division of Cotton Insect Investigations, but the chemical analyses have not yet been made. Some of the fractionated samples were referred to various entomologists for accurate study of their relative toxicities, as part of a general investigation of the relation of particle size to insecticidal effectiveness now being conducted by the Division. Included in this study are samples of lead arsenate and of cryolite prepared to have different average particle sizes, and preliminary reports indicate that, at least for some methods of testing, particle size is of )aramiount importance.
A study was made of the variation in deposits of lead arsenate among the apple plugs used by one entomologist in testing relative toxicity. A determination was made of the particle-size distribution of all lead arsenates on the market, and fractions of different average particle size were prepared for inclusion in the study of size in relation to toxicity. In connection with the Jalanese beetle work effort was continued to develop a chemical method of


estimating the effectiveness of a treated soil, and a greatly enlarged program of testing lilnonlite as a, mineans of (orrecting dia,:ge to soil caused by lead arsenate was started.


As for several years past, the work onil fumniga tion dealt principally with two subjects. the chemical phases of the control of grain insects at Manhattall. Kns., and the problem of resistant California red scale oii citrus at Whittier. Calif.
The work on grain-insect fumigation consisted of studies of the distribution of the funligants during use and of their retention by the fumigated products. It was found that fllinligated rice retails hydrocyanie acid for several days, suggesting that only short exposures niay be nectessar since the adsorbed fulliganlt is probably calpabllle of exercising its toxic action ver long periods. In conjunlliction with cooperating entimologists, a device was developed for spraying hydrocyanic acid oto a stream of rice flowilig into a hin, and it is hoped that the thorough distribution of this funligant found by chemical analysis will result inl satisfactory insect milorta lity.
P'rac(tically all the work at the Whittier, ('alif., station was direct ed to coinducting the la rge number of experimental hydrocyanic acid fiiiigations of various stages (f the resistant red scale necessary to assist the entomologists in improving their techiiqiue to the point where they can be sure that differences found are of real value. Attempts were nIiade to correlate the large differences often found in apparently uniform experiments with conditions of the host lemons, character of the "reservoir" lemons on which the i insects a'e rearedl. age of the insects, population density, and various other factors.
Three other fumigation' problems came in for some study. A large number of nicotine analyses were made for one of the cooperating entomologists who has been studying the dosage-mort;rlity responses (of a)phids to iiicotile vapor, the work leading to a publication describing the fumigation app:araitus used. The attempt to find a satisfactory method for determining methyl bromide in vegetable products fumigated with it was continlled. A stidy of the control of stinking smut of wheat by means of gaseous chlorine resulted in the devising of apparatus suitable for controlled expIerimeental treatments.

The work with accessory materials dealt both with the investigation and interconparison of wetting and spreading agents in gieral and with attempts to develop wetters and adhesives for specific insecticides, notably phenothiazine and nicotine peat. The information obtained con(ceruning the wetting and spreading properties of soap solutions made by combiiiing sodium hydroxide and sodium carbonate with n-caproic, n-caprylic, I-capric, lauric, myristic, and palmitic acids was incorporated in two manuscripts, one of which was published, as was another dealing with triethanolamine oleate. The spreading coefficients of 81 additional proprietary detergents, wetting agents, and emulsifying agents were determined and the list published.
It is well established that deposits of phenothiazine heavy enough to be insecticidally sufficient for codling moth control can easily be obtained in the apple orchard; but its adherency is far from satisfactory. Efforts to develop adhesives were made at the Yakimla, Wash., Vincennles, Ind., and( lBeltsville. Md., stations. At Yakima various plastics were tried but proved incompatible. Propylene glycol showed some promise, and kerosenege gave good deposits unaccompanied by any injury. At Vincennes rosin residue and (n:leium soap both showed some promise, but iln the case of the calcium so(al) there was a suggestion of decreased insecticidal effect. Various copper and( sullphur fungicides proved of little use. At Beltsville the search for a suitable sticker was made part of a general investigation in which a large number of dispersing agents were first studied and then a few studied( more closely. It was found that phenothiaziie is probably less stable in the presence of stickers.
Efforts to develop adhesives for nicotine peat at Vincennes proved fruitless. Bentonite appeared to have some value, bnt probably only because of its own well-known nicotine-holding power.



The study of the relationship between chemical structure of organic compounds and their toxicity, as revealed by tests with goldfish, was continued with two groups of compounds, the nitrophenols and the halogenated phenols. According to the criterion now used for judging comparative toxicities, orthonitrophenol is the least toxic of the three nitro compounds, being slightly less toxic than the parent compound, phenol. The metanitrophenol is nearly twice as toxic and the para compound about five times as toxic as phenol. Among the halogenated phenols, the chloro and bromo compounds as groups do not differ much, but the iodophenols are appreciably more toxic. In each group the para isomer is the most toxic.

About 500 routine samples of insecticidal materials submitted by other Divisions of the Bureau were analyzed. In addition, a great deal of investigative work on the improvement of old analytical methods and the development of new ones was conducted.
The adaptation of a blue colorimetric microchemical test for silicon to the determination of fluorine residues was attempted. Distillation carried over fluorine in fixed proportion to silica, and good results were obtained with sodium fluoride and sodium fluosilicate, and the study of the method is being continued.
Significant progress was made in the methods for determining small quantities of arsenic. A digestion procedure using perchloric acid capable of recovering the arsenic from otherwise intractable organic ubstances was developed, the general unsatisfactory nature of the Gutzeit method was demonstrated by showing that the quantity of mercury laid down in the paper strip used is variable with the best recommended technique of impregnation, and three new procedures to replace the Gutzeit method were devised. One of these, involving isolation of the arsenic by evolution in the form of arsine and absorption in a mercuric chloride solution, followed by colorimetric determination as the blue molybdate compound in a photometer, appears excellent, since it extends the range normally covered by the Gutzeit method to both appreciably smaller and larger quantities. The colorimetric procedure previously developed in this Division for the estimation of phenothiazine deposits was given considerable attention. Some of its limitations, due primarily to easy decomposition, have been recognized, and changes made to circumvent them to some degree.
A possible new method for the estimation of each of the two pyrethrins in pyrethrum powder, based on cleavage of these compounds by hydrogenation to form determinable acids, was devised. the work on the commonly used method of determining rotenone and total extract in derris and cube was brought to a conclusion preparatory to its adoption as the official method of the Department, a new volumetric procedure capable of shortening one of the gravimetric steps in this method was worked out, and a study of the problem of distinguishing derris from cube by microscopical examination or colorimetric chemical tests was started. Two new microchemical methods for nicotine were also developed; one uses brucine to permit the recovery of nicotine from residues of nicotine bentonite, and the other makes use of the pink color developed with cyanogen bromide and a-naphthylamine, which is sensitive enough to permit estimation of the nicotine on an individual apple.


Inspection activities carried on last year at 18 of the more important railway centers of the United States were extended this year to 3 additional stations. Shipping of nursery stock during the last spring and fall was observed to be considerably in excess of that of the previous year. During the year 1,412,824 shipments of mail, express, and freight were inspected in transit for compliance with Federal domestic plant quarantines, and 4,070 violations were intercepted as compared with 2,678 in 1937. In addition to the regular inspection activities with reference to Federal domestic quarantines, there were noted by transit inspectors, and reported to enforcing organizations, 188 apparent violations of intrastate quarantines relating to pests on account of which Federal quarantines have been established, 50 apparent violations


of the Insect Pest Act, approximately 600 apparent violations of the postal regulation concerning State nursery (ertilication, and many other apparent infringements of State nursery inspection regulations.
The regular force of 17 inspectors was assisted, in periods of heavy shipping, by 15 to 20 inspectors from other projects of the Bureau and by 6 to 91 State inspectors. The assignment of inspectors from the cooprating projects at Boston and New York during the ('hristmias season resulted in increased interceptions of ('hristniis trees and evergreen cuttings, including apparently wilful violations of the gypsy moth quarantine.
Table 14 gives data pertaining to shliipments intercepted at transit inspection points.

TABLE 14.-Shipments of f i rsCry stock and other articles intercepted in violation
of Federal plant quarantines at transit iiispeetion points, fiscal year 1938

Shipments intercepted in apparent violation of quarantines relating toGypsy
Station Black mothand Japa- Pink Thur- White- Mexi- Dutch
stem a nd nese boll- beria pine can elm Total brown- blister fruit- el Total rust tail beetle worm weevil rustr orm disease tail rust worm

Atlanta--.................-------.....-------..---------........ 1 48 ---------- 7 ---------- 7 ------- 56
Boston.................---------........-------------- --------488 255 ......-------------- 4 --------------- 747
Buffalo --------..........------....------- -------------....--12-------------- ------------------------ 12
C h i c a g o . . . ...- - - - - - 1 7 9 1 9 9 1 1 1 7 5 7 - -- 3 5 5
Cincinnati...----........-----...-------------.................. 4 27 3 ....... 3 39 ........ 76
Cleveland ..........----------------------................... 3 3 ------------............... --------1 7
Columbus, Ohio ---------------............... -------- ....... ------------------------- --------1 1
Dallas...................-------------------------------------- 1 3 ------- -------- 18 -------- 22
Detroit..................------------------------ ..--------.. 45 9 ---------------------- -------- -------- 54
Indianapolis------_-------------- -------- 1 .............. ------- -------- 2 -------- 3
Jacksonville.................--------------------... --------12 110 -----.......------....... ........---------------................ 122
Kansas City-------------------- -------- 14 89 4 3 2 90 -------- 202
Memphis ---------------------------- 1 1 2 ....... 2 14 20
New York -------------------------- 428 687 .....-------.......------ 13 -- 1 1, 129
,Omaha...---------------------------- 24 168 ....---------....-----..... 8 6 ------- 206
Philadelphia..................-----------------........ -------42 177 -----.......--...... 9 18 -------- 246
Pittsburgh...................---------------------. 1 10 345 ......-------------....... 6 45 -------- 407
St. Louis--------------------.............................. ------6 50 ----------.......----....... 3 134 -------- 193
St. Paul...................----------------------------....... 1 2 --------------..............-------... 4 ...... 7
Springfield, Mass ...................------------- --------127 37 ......---------------...--------------------164
Washington, D. C............ --------------------- 8 31 ----.....---------- 2 ---------------..... 41
Total --------------------..................... 2 1, 294 2,251 13 4 69 436 1 14,070

1 The total number of violations represents 3,975 shipments, of which 87 were in violation of 2 quarantines and 4 were in violation of 3 quarantines.


The States of Arkansas and Oregon have availed themselves of the provisions for enforcing certain State quarantines through postal channels, as provided in the amendment (act No. 643 of June 4, 1936) to the law relating to terminal inspection of mail shipments of plants and plant products.
The terminal-inspection procedure which has been in effect for several years, and which provides for turning back or disinfecting mail shipments of plants and plant products if found infested, is continued in Arizona, (C'alifornia, the District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Idlaho, Louisiina, Mississippi, Montana, Oklahoma, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Utah, and Washington.


The following convictions and penalties imposed for violations of the Plant Quarantine Act were reported to the Bureau:
Gypsy moth and brown-tail moth quarantine: One conviction, with fine of $25.
Japanese beetle quarantine: Twenty convictions, with fines aggrlegating $60(.
White-pine blister rust quarantine" One conllviction, with fine of $130.


Quarantines affecting Mexican plants and plant products: Fines aggregating $414.40 were imposed by customs officials on the Mexican border against 310 persons caught attempting to smuggle in from Mexico prohibited plants and plant products.

The Division of Foreign Plant Quarantines is engaged in the enforcement of quarantines and regulatory orders of the Department prohibiting or restricting the entry of various plants and plant products entering the United States, the maintenance of a certification service to inspect and certify plants and plant products to meet the sanitary requirements of foreign countries, and, in addition, the enforcement of such domestic quarantines as affect the movement of plant material between the Territories of Hawaii and Puerto Rico and continental United States.
Plant-quarantine inspectors and collaborators are stationed at the more important ports of entry and at points distributing foreign mail, and work in close cooperation with employees of the Treasury and Post Office Departments.
The rules and regulations covering the importation of cotton and cotton wrappings into the United States were modified, effective December 11, 1937, to permit the movement of cotton from one approved customs port where plantquarantine requirements can l)e met to another for fumigation.


Ships from foreign countries and also those from Iawaii and Puerto Rico and the coastwise ships that pass through the Panama Canal are inspected promptly on arrival for the presence of prohibited and restricted plant material in passengers' and crews' baggage, ships' stores, quarters, and cargo.
The inspection at ports in California, Florida, and IIawaii and at certain ports in Puerto Rico has been performed by State and Territorial officials serving as collaborators of the Bureau.
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In addition to the above, 1,777 lots of plant material were entered at Canadian< border ports where no plant-quarantine inspectors are stationed, through thecooperation of the customs officers and of the Division of Foreign Pests Suppression of the Canadian Department of Agriculture. This material consisted of 21 lots representing 2,335 bunches of bananas and 630 containers of other fresh fruits and vegetables not of Canadian origin; 404 lots consisting of 10,627 bales of bagging, cotton, and cotton products; 454 lots totaling 4,113,912 bushels of corn; and 177 lots consisting of 898 containers and 600 individual plants entering under regulation 15 of Quarantine No. 37.
In addition to the importations credited to the Mexican border ports, there were several thousand importations of permitted fruits and vegetables in such small quantities that no entries were required by customs and no records of them have been kept. All these small importations were carefully inspected before being released and, taken as a whole, they represent a very considerable amount of work, especially at the larger ports.
At many of the ports considerable time was devoted to the inspection of packing materials used with various commodities to determine compliance with Quarantine No. 69. As a result of such inspection many interceptions of prohibited packing material were made. The straw jackets on many shipments of imported liquors were found to be contaminated with vetch plants bearing seed infested with living bruchids. All jackets in which living bruchids were found were required to be removed and destroyed or given the fumigation approved for imported vetch seed found to be infested with living bruchids.

Disinfection is required of certain commodities as a condition of entry and of other commodities when inspection reveals the presence of injurious insects or plant diseases. The following plant material -was treated under the supervision of inspectors and collaborators of this Bureau: Cotton ----------- ---------------------- ----------------bales__ 141,791
Cotton waste ------------------------------------------------------- do 16,992
Cotton linters ------------------------------------------------------ do 10, 107
Cotton samples ------------------------------------------------packages_ 793
Cottonseed fiber --------------------------------------------------- bales_ 1,301
Bagging-------------------------------- do__ 7, 516
Broomcorn ---------------------------------------------------------do 1,173
Rice fiber ---------------------------------------------------------- do 405
Vetch ------------------------------------------------------------ bags_ 4, 873
Tree seeds --------------------------------------------------------- lots- 56
Miscellaneous plants -----------------------------------------do 837
Narcissus --------------------------------------------------------cases 7, 484
Chestnuts ------------------------------------------------- do 5,616
Cipollino -------------------------------------------------- do__ 3, 697
Acorns --------------------------------------------------- do-- 20
In addition to the foregoing, various shipments of plant material and cotton samples were treated at the inspection house in Washington, D. C., as shown in table 19.
There was a marked increase in the number of airplanes inspected compared with the preceding year. A total of 4,262 airplanes were inspected, representing an increase of 941, or 28 percent. Airplane inspections were made at the following 19 ports of entry. Douglas and Nogales, Ariz.; Calexico, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco, Calif.; Key West, Miami, Pensacola, and West Palm Beach, Fla.; Agana, Guam; Honolulu, T. H.; Baltimore, Md.; New York, N. Y.; San Juan, P. R.; Brownsville, El Paso, and Laredo, Tex.; and Seattle, Wash. As a result of these inspections 998 interceptions of prohibited and 233 interceptions of restricted plant material were taken from 998 airplanes.
Through cooperation with customs and post-office officials, foreign mail packages found to contain plants or plant products are referred to inspectors of this Bureau for examination. Such packages arriving at ports of entry where no plant-quarantine inspectors are stationed are forwarded to the nearest port where inspection can be made.
A record by port of the number and disposition of foreign parcel-post packages inspected appears in table 17.


TABLE 17.-Foreign parcel-post packages inspected, fiscal year 1938

Refused Divert- Re- Refusel D)ivert- Reentry n ntry In- et ed to leased( Port tIn-r ed to leased
Port specteI (entire Wash- under slPort )ected rintire Wa under orm~ sh 5Jmet! \\lh ud
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part) ington permit part) ington permiit

Atlanta 12 ....... 12 1 8 1 Miami .......---------. 117 22 71 3
Baltimore ...... 1, 361 26 131 74 New Orleans 231 13 79 13 Boston ...---------- 6,082 116 751 98 New York..... 16, 614 5S7 5,519 3
Brownsville -----. 1,005 2 1 0 Nogales a ..... 520 10 8 3J
ButTalo .........--------- 1, 622 18 423 32 Philadelphia... 8,o0 3 1 671 133
Chicago ....-------- 12, 919 239 446 141 Portland 7 .. 677 23 0 31
Detroit --------- 4, 617 99 126 166 Puerto Rico (all Eagle Pass 275 0 0 0 ports)......---------. 26 5 0 14
El Paso --..... 462 25 32 3 St. Paul ...-------- 15, 131 56 68 5
Galveston .... 7 0 7 0 San D)iego 80 4 0 11 Guam._ ----------- 103 0 0 0 San Francisco l. 6,415 92 7 751
Honolulu I ----....--. 1,719 149 0 118 Seattle ......... 1,583 50 3 295
IHouston 4 -------....... 171 5 18 0 Tampa 1........ -------- 10 3 2 0
Jacksonville 1 .. 96 5 12 8 Washington -__.. 1, 696 23 0 539 Key West -.... 5 0 0 0-- Laredo .....---------- 394 48 26 2 Total...... 236, 245 1,817 8,418 2,995
LosAngeles 5__ 3,952 62 9 51

1 Collaborators are stationed at these ports.
2 Opened Jan. 8. 1938.
3 3 packages were diverted to San Francisco for disposition.
4 145 packages (cotton sailnples) were diverted to Brownsville for fumigation. S95 packages were diverted to San Francisco for di-position.
6 1 package was diverted to San Francisco for disposition.
7 14 packages were diverted to Seattle for disposition.

It has been the policy for a number of years to admit shamrocks through the mails provided they are free from soil. Large numbers are brought in in this manner each year and they have been included in table 17. Of the number of packages listed as inspected, the following represent shamrocks: Baltimore, 48; Boston, 1,696; Buffalo, 18; Chicago, 3,653; Detroit, 203; Los Angeles, 96; New York, 92,900; P'hiladelphia, 1,308; St. Paul, 469; San Francisco, 241; Seattle, 203.


The increase in travel between Mexico and the United States noted in the last annual report continued through the year. Practically all activities at Mexican border ports showed gains. The number of freight cars entering from Mexico increased from 32,050 in 1937 to 35,141 in 1938. The car fumigations increased from 8,226 to 9,953. Cars to the number of 2,874 were found contaminated with cottonseed this year whereas the total found contaminated last year was 2,034. All cars found contaminated with cottonseed were required to be clean before entry was permitted. The usual fee of $4 was charged for each car fumigated, and all fees collected were covered into the Treasury as miscellaneous receipts.
A summary of the railway-car inspection and fumigation is shown in table 18.

TABLE 18.-Inspection and fumigation of railway cars cros8silg thle border frolim Mexico, fiscal year 1938

Cars Cars Cr' C
Cars with Cars Cars Fees C with Cars Cars Fees
P( rt in- cot- en- fumi- col- Port inspect- cot- en- funii- cO)lsp)ect- spe~-tn ee ae ectd
ed ton- tered gated lected ed ton- tered gated lecte seed seel

Nutm- Num- Num- Nu m-Nun- Num i- Num Number ber ber be Dollars ber ber bt r br Dollars Brownsville.. 493 1 490 45 1 Naco ...---------. ;52 5 6,2 1 4
Douglas------...... 1, 913 6 1,913 64 256 Nogales...... 5-- 772 2()00 5,7 1, 41 5, 800
Eagle Pass.... 2, 306t 162 2,219 839 3, 400 Presidio------...... 321 29 313 83 336
El Paso----- 11, 130 22 10, 65s 1 6 6t, 52 .... Laredo.......1, 00 2,243 13,307 5,833 22,i Total.. 37, 677 2,8 74 33, 111 9,933 239, 112

1 Includes 6 cars not from Mexico.
2 The apparent discrepancy in fees collected andl the number of cars fumigated may be explained by the fact that it is customary for the railroads to purchase fumigation coupons in advance.


In addition to the freight cars listed in table 18, 4,839 pullman and passenger coaches entered and were inspected at the following ports: El Paso, 1,199; Laredo, 3,121; Nogales, 517: and Presidio, 2.
Plant-quarantine inspectors at Mexican border ports, in cooperation with the customs service, devote much time to the inspection of vehicles, baggage, personal effects, and express packages from Mexico.
A total of 3 6,695 pieces of baggage and 3,876,192 vehicles were inspected. Large quantities of prohibited and restricted plant material were intercepted as a result of these inspections. A record of these interceptions appears in table 21.

Plant-quarantine inspectors stationed in Puerto Rico enforce the provisions of Quarantine No. 58, governing the movement of fresh fruits and vegetables to the mainland, inll addition to the enforcement of foreign plant quarantines and regulations as they affect the entry of foreign plants and plant products into the island. Valuable assistance is rendered by insular inspectors serving as collaborators, especially in that portion of the work pertaining to the enforcement of the foreign plant quarantines.
In connection with the enforcement of Quarantine No. 58. inspections are made in the orchards and fields, in packing houses, and on the docks, of such fruits and vegetables as are permitted to move to the mainland. During the year 2,221 shipments consisting of 590 bunches of bananas. 432.992 crates of pineap)ples, and 14,426,534 pounds of other approved fruits and vegetables were certified for such movement. Through cooperation with post-office officials, parcel-post packages destined for points on the mainland are inspected at the four main post offices on the island. This arrangement makes it possible to intercept much prohibited plant material before it leaves the island and reduces considerably the numiner of Puerto Rican mail packages requiring inspection upon arrival at New York. A total of 2,983 parcel-post packages were examined and 200 were found to contain prohibited plant material and were returned to the sender.
In Hawaii the enforcement of foreign plant quarantines is handled wholly by insular inspectors serving as collaborators. The inspectors of this Bureau stationed in the Hawaiian Islands are engaged in the enforcement of Quarantine No. 13, which governs the movement of fresh fruits and vegetables to the mainland. During the year 1.91s shipments consisting of 104.855 bunches of banas, 39.079 crates of pineapples, 41.470 coconuts, and 5,211,484 pounds of other approved fruits and vegetables were inspected and certified. These inspections took pIlace in the fields, inll packing houses, and on the docks.
Considerable time was devoted to the inspection of parcel-post packages destined for points on the mainland and 107,820 such packages were opened and inspected while the plant-quarantine status of 212.211 additional packages was determined by other means. One hundred and thirty-one packages were found to contain prohibited plant material.
Other activities in Hawaii consisted of the inspection and sealing of 3,329Q pieces of bagage leaving Hawaii by boat, 1.367 pieces of baggage leaving by airplane, 3.048 air-express packages. -392 express packages leaving by boat, and 49 airplanes, all destined for points on the mainland.


Importations of propagating plant material are inspected at special ports of entry designated for that purpose. Most of the special-permit importations, however, are inspected and treated at the inspection house in Washington, D. C.
Departmental importations and plant-propagating material distributed by the Department are also inspected at the inspection house, and shipments of domestic plants entering and leaving the District of Columbia are also examined for injurious pests. A summary of the inspections and treatments of nursery stock at the inspection house appears in table 19.


TABLE 19.- -NSinitary/ of plants and plan/ ])iodIcls Oij(rcd for in.sprclion ii IPw Distric't of Columibia. fiscal ar 193,N

Other- Infested I feVit ed
11aterial inspected Forein t oe : tn- wise with with iete treated insects ,it .ses

Lots of seeds (ilepartmiental 2S3 12, 300 11, 001 761 73 2 Plants, cuttings, bulbs, roots, rhizomes,
etc. (departmental) --------------- -9, 424 232.,396 979 11. 36 -5 1. 213
.Miscellaneous unclassified material, other
than plants and seeds (departmental).__ 7 57 0 2 2 1 Shipments of plants under regulation 14,
Quarantine No. 37 commerciala) ..-------- 3, 361 0 360 99 750
Shipments of plants and plant products
under regulations 3 and 15, (Quarantine i
No. 37 commercial) .------------------ 1, 319 ...... 216 194 17 25
Containers of domestic plants other than
departmental maili, express, freight. and
truck) -------- ------------------------------- 13, 01' 1 51 2
Shipments of plants by private individuals _--------------------------------------- 3, 227 9 25 47 35
Interceptions of plants and plant products
atWahigtn------------------------ 19 I--------3
at Washington 1,697 10 6 15 1 Interceptions of plants and plant products
referred to Washington ----------------- 1,403 160 632 117 20
Parcels of cotton samples referred to
Washineton .. 13-------------------------- 178 1---------- 3, 178 .. .--------------....-----------: Lots.


Plant material vwhicli is being propagated at plant-introduction, gardIens maintained( by tle Bureau of Plant Industry is inspected at regular intervals for the presence of plant pests. Plant material distributed from thel, plantintroduction garden at Coconut Grove, Fla., was inspected by- State ollicials cooperating with this Bureau. The inspections at the plant-introduction garden at Chico, Calif., were handled jointly by ani inspectors of this Bureau and an entomologist from the California State Department of Agriculture. Material distributed from the(, District of ('olumbia, Maryland, and Savanah. Ga.. was inspected by inspectors of the Bureau. A sunmary of these inspections aIppears in table 20.

TABLE 20.-Plants, bud.ticks, cuttings, tulrs. roots. and shipments of > examined for distribution froin plant-introductio)i and propagating /lardns.
fiscal year 1938

Budsticks, Shi- Budsticks, Cuttings, hip- pcuttin-, Station Plantstd ments Station Plants tubers and ents tubers, and of seeds os of seeds roots roots

Bell, d_. -----------56, 821 741 14 District of Columbia.L 10, 645 6f, 58 10. 401
(Chico, Calif ......-------- 9,330 775 94 Mandan, N. D)ak .. 591,807 ..........
Coconut Grove, Fla- 4,284 355 41 ---- Savannah, Ga....- 1,262 309 2 Total -------- 674, 149 S. 71S in, 352


Tlhe inspection of ships, airplanes, vehicles, cargo, baggage, ship's stores and quarters, and foreign mail packages at the maritime and Mexican and Canadian border ports resulted in the interception of large quantities of prohibited and restricted plant material. Many of these interceptions were found to be infested with insects or infected with plant diseases; many others, while showing no infestation 01or infection, must ie considered potentially (dangerolus since they are known hosts o)f pests in the country of origin. In (.lssifying the interceptions, those made at bridges and crossings ait the Mexican and Canadian border ports have all been considered as having been taken from baggage. A record of the number of interceptions of prohibited and restricted plant material appears in table 21.
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TABLE 21.-Number of interceptions of prohibited and restricted plants and plant products, fiscal year 1938

In baggage In cargo In mail In quarters In stores Total

Port Pro- Re- Pro- Re- Pro- Re- Pro- Re- Pro- Re- Pro- Rehib- strict- hib- strict- hib- strict- hib- strict- hib- strict- hib- strictited ed ited ed ited ed ited ed ited ed ited ed

Baltimore .-------------- 8 13 48 0 29 3 71 10 165 1 321 27
Bellingham --------- ------- ..-------. ------------......... ------. .------. 1 1 2 1 3 2
Blaine---....------------ 1,341 783 ------ ------------------ ------------------ ... ---1,341 783
Boston.. ---------------- 107 161 13 7 74 63 7 9 20 1 221 241
Brownsville -----.----- 6,176 688 ..------ .------ 1 0 ------ ------------ -----..... 6,177 688
Buffalo ..--------------- 3 949 1 1 14 7 ------ ------ ------ ------... 18 957
Calexico ------------- 2,834 62 ---------- ----- ------ ------ ------ ------.. .------.. 2,834 62
Charleston ------------- 17 0 3 0 ------ ------ 30 2 16 0 66 2
Chicago ... ...---------------- ------ ...------ 16 16 188 58 0 1 ..------ ------ 204 75
Del Rio ...---------------- 513 132 ------------------ ...------------ ------ ------ -----. 513 132
Detroit ---------------- 35 408 4 3 66 48 ------ ------ ------ ------ 105 459
Douglas ....--------------- 430 55 ------ ------..... ----------------------------- ------ 430 55
Eagle Pass ..----------- 1,288 214 ----- ------ --------- ------ ------ ------ ------1,288 214
El Paso ........--------------. 6,905 1,142 ------... ------ 24 14 ------ -I 6,929 1,156
Galveston .......------------- 1 2 ..------ .------ ... ---------- 441 7 97 1 539 10
Guam ........---------------- 1 0 4 0 ----- ------ ------ ------ 26 0 31 0
Gulfport 2 -...------------------- ------- 0 1 ...------ ------ 11 0 6 0 17 1
Hidalgo -------------- 2,749 419 -- ---- ----- ---........... -2,749 419
Honolulu 3 ---------- 784 273 96 419 142 118 -- ---. 40 4 1,062 814
Houston --------------- 11 0 7 0 3 0 417 0 62 0 500 0
Jacksonville ---------- 0 1 ---... ---- 4 1 17 6 18 2 39 10
Key West 3... --- 60 136 0 1 .------ ------ 20 94 1 1 81 232
Laredo .-------------- 14,888 1,346 ------ ----- 36 10 ------ -- .---- ------ 14, 924 1,356
Los Angeles 3 ---------- 1 0 ------------- 46 18 ------ ------ ------------ 47 18
Mercedes --------------303 31 ------------------ ----- ------------------ ------ .303 31
Miami 3 -------------- 1,907 778 37 9 14 9 787 386 103 7 2,848 1,189
Mobile ----------------- 9 4 0 5 ------ ------ 178 0 69 2 256 11
Naco ------------------151 37 ------ ------ ------ ----- ------- 151 37
New Orleans -----------320 135 11 7 12 5 906 107 171 5 1,420 259
Newport News -------- ----------- 1 1 __....... 38 2 17 0 56 3
New York ----------- 2,701 1, 598 541 88 472 183 151 30 84 3 3,949 1,902
Nogales -------------- 3,461 726 ------3 7 3,464 733
Norfolk ---------------- 12 2 1 0 ----------- 137 8 2 1 182 11
Pensacola i 2 -_ I 12 0 9 0 21 0 Philadelphia -------- 25 13 11 1 125 15 19 23 115 10 363 62 Port Arthur .17 3 -- 1 02* 0 195 0 1,240 3 Port Huron __ 12,- ---2 2 12A Portland ---------------------------10 3 15 8 3 1 16 2 44 14
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Presidio ......--------------- 186 39 .------ ----------------------------------------- 186 39
Puerto Rico (all ports) 60 85 1 0 ------ ------ 2 1 1 1 64 87
Romna ....----------------- 151 28 ------ ------ ------ ------ ...------ .------ -----------151 28
St. Paul 36 23 ------ ------ ------------ 36 23
San D)iego 3 ...... 8 5 2 3 3 0 29 9 67 10 109 27 San Francisco 3 -------- 185 12 6 1 50 41 161 0 118 3 520 57 San Pedro 3 ------------355 33 13 1 ----------- 94 6 166 6 628 46
San Ysidro----------- 6,420 510 ------ ------ ------. ------. --------- --- ------ --- 6,420 510
Savannah --------- --------------------------------------118 013 0 131 0
Seattle ---------------- 249 36 26 0 22 9 12 0 20 1 329 46
Tampa ---------------- 4 6 ------------ 0 3 13 0 29 0 46 9
Ventura 3 ..--------- ------- ------- ------ ------------------------------1 0 1 0
West Palm Beach 0 1 ------ 1 7 ------------ 1 8
Total---------- 54,678 10,994 852 567 1,379 643 4,777 710 1,679 62 63,365 12,976

I Includes interceptions made at Niagara Falls.
2 Work handled by inspectors stationed at Mobile.
3 Collaborators stationed at these ports


The inspectors and collaborators of the Bureau collected from foreign plants and plant products insects belonging to 1,062 recognized species and others distributed among 930 genera and families, fungi and bacteria belonging to 304 recognized species, plant-parasitic nematodes belonging to 11 recognized species, and numbers of interceptions of diseases caused by fungi, bacteria, viruses, or other agents that could be referred to family, genus, or other group only. Many of these interceptions were of economic importance or of scientific interest, or both.
A total of 49,930 intercepl)tions of insects aind plant diseases were made during the year. A summary of the interceptions pearss in table 22.


TABLE 22.-Number of interceptions of insects and plant diseases made during the fiscal year 1938

Cargo Stores Baggage Quarters Mail Total

Insects Dis- In- Dis- Insects Dis- In- Dis- In- Dis- Insects Diseases sects eases eases sects eases sects eases eases

Baltimore-------------- 53 15 55 56 3 6 9 5 25 5 145 87
Bellingham....------------ 8 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 2
Blaine...----------------- 1 0 0 0 14 12 0 0 0 0 15 12
Boston..............----------------- 99 121 157 313 67 28 7 8 91 44 421 514
Brownsville....---------- 2,045 93 28 19 7,520 474 26 0 1 0 9,620 58f;
Buffalo .....---------------- 36 30 0 4 3 1 0 0 18 8 57 43
Calexico.............---------------. 2 0 0 0 43 0 0 0 0 0 45 0
C h a r l e s t o n - - ---. . . 1 3 2 8 2 1 3 1 1 2 0 0 2 5 2 6
Chicago --......-------------- 50 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 24 1 77
Del Rio ...........---------------- 0 0 0 0 15 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
Detroit ...........---------------- 22 33 0 0 2 0 0 0 21 10 45 43
Douglas ......--------------- 0 0 0 0 23 2 0 0 0 0 23 2
Eagle Pass ..........-------------. 92 20 0 0 112 9 0 0 0 0 204 29j
El Paso --------------- 125 19 0 0 147 83 0 0 6 3 278 105
Galveston ------------- 83 14 25 472 1 0 5 3 0 0 114 489
Guam ...-------......---------- 0 0 3 0 0 0 343 0 0 0 346 0
Hidalgo ............---------------- 80 13 0 0 510 2,375 0 0 0 0 590 2,38
Honolulu -------------............ 433 5 3 0 213 0 350 0 318 0 1,317 5
Eouston............ 11 4 25 576 1 0 0 1 1 0 38 381
Jacksonville ---------- 12 0 30 74 0 0 7 1 3 1 52 7i Key West ------------ 0 0 0 0 25 3 1 1 0 0 26 4
Laredo.... -------------- 2,488 5 0 0 561 14 0 4 0 3,053 19
Los Angeles ---------- 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 10 0 Mercedes...-------------- 0 0 0 0 278 3 0 0 0 0 278 3
Miami 13 .............. 100 8 39 17 476 16 155 3 4 0 774 44
Mobile 2 ----....--..--------- 61 4 27 241 0 1 7 2 0 0 95 21S
Naco ....------------------ 0 0 0 0 28 1 0 0 0 0 28 1
New Orleans-----------........... 560 32 135 93 66 8 52 9 2 1 815 143
Newport News--------........ 4 0 13 39 0 0 0 1 0 0 17 40
New York ------------ 2,029 3,029 324 341 635 337 63 42 685 118 3. 736 3, 867
Nogales__ -------------- 2,724 656 0 0 1,440 150 0 0 4 0 4,168 80o
Norfolk-----------................ 102 32 29 192 0 1 0 3 0 0 131 22
Pensacola ------------ 0 0 5 3 0 0 5 0 0 10 3
Philadelphia ..----------- 74 25f 151 900 11 21 27 58 83 79 346 1,314
Port Arthur ----------- 0 86 363 0 0 9 5 0 0 95 36,
Portland --------------- 3 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 4 1 9 4
Presidio 3 0 0 0 32 0 0 0 0 35 Roia ------------------ 1 0 1 0 37 43 0 0 0 0 :39 43
St. Paul --------------- 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 12 14 12
San Diego I------------ 10 0 49 5 4 0 13 2 5 0 81 7
San Francisco 1........ --------2,592 409 113 14 737 37 140 2 840 149 4,422 611
SanJuan -------------- 34 24 2 1 48 3 0 0 1 0 85 28
San Pedro ------------ 247 0 221 47 153 8 8 1 0 0 629 56
San Ysidro_ ------------ 3 1 0 0 156 7 0 0 0 0 159 S
Savannah ...........-------------- 5 0 7 41 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 41
Seattle .......---------------- 245 91 62 36 49 21 35 6 49 6 410 160
Tampa --------...------- 9 2 8 24 2 2 0 0 0 0 19 2
Washington, D. C___ 1, 111 1,244 0 0 56 9 0 0 1,137 333 2, 304 1,.St;
Total.---------.........- 15,571 6,167 1,611 3,896 13,471 3,676 1,263 1553,349 771 33.265 14. 66

I Collaborators stationed at these ports.
2 Includes interceptions at Gulfport, Miss.
3 Includes 63 airplane interceptions made by Public Health Service.
NoTE.-Inspectors stationed at Puerto Rico made 4 interceptions of insects during their field and packinghouse inspection of fruits and vegetables for shipment to the mainland.


During the year 9,208 certifications covering 4,017,807 containers of plants and plant products were nmade to meet the sanitary requireets of foreign (I tomet hes,,1nta-ry requirements o oeg
countries. This represents an increase of 1,799 (24 percent) in the number of certifications and of 1,237,23S (44 percent) in the number of containiers certified as compared with 1937.
Export certificates were issued at 33 sports covering 67 different c(minunod(ities which were exported to 72 foreign countries. Some of Ih(,e lllul're imporl1a11 comnmodities certified were: Aphles. 3,093 shipments. consistig of 1.0,522 boxes, 60,140 baskets, and 36,947 barrels: pears. 1.012 shipments, (onsiting of 621,607 boxes; oranges. 584 shipmnllts, consisting of 271.440 boxes: potatoes, 1,328 shipments. consistimg of 6i1S.076 i-ha s, 47.637 (-rates. 19. ki7 h rrels. aind 20 boxes.


Many of the shipments of apples aid pears were certified under the cooperative arrangement with the Bureau of Agricultural Economics of the Department, whereby licensed inspectors of that Bureau located at shipping points make inspections and issue reports which are accepted 1)by the plant quarantine inspectors at the ports of export as a basis for issuing the required export certificate.
A siniJnarvy of the export certification work appears in table 23.

TABLE 23.-Certification for exportation, by ports, fiscal year 1938

Cer- Total Com- For- Cer- Total Com- ForPortifi- contain- imed- eign Ports tifi- contain- tmoed- eign
Ports cates ers coun- cates ers cities coun cer- coun1issued certified tifedr tries issued certified tced tries tifedtified tie

Num- Num- Num- Num- Num- Number NAumber ber ber ber Numer ber ber
Baltimore_ _----------- 120 43, 559 2 2 New Orleans ....-------- 20 2, 613 8 8
Boston.......... -------------2 2 1 2 Newport News --...---- 35 742 1 1
Brownsville .---------. 4 367 2 2 New York ------- 4,830 1,418,013 35 56
Buffalo----.....--.....------- 1 40 1 1 Nogales------------- 44 158 5 1
Calexico---.......--------- 85 40, 569 7 2 Norfolk...........-------------- 2 27 1 1
Canal Zone --......------- 11 13 1 7 Philadelphia--------........ 7 18 2 3
Chicago ....------------- 6 118 3 6 Port Arthur--------- 9 46,443 2 2
Detroit.... ....-------------- 94 2,689 4 6 Portland ------------821 504,631 7 13
Douglas.. ------------ 1 20 1 1 San Francisco .------- 408 199,452 16 10
Eagle Pass ...---------- 1 19 1 1 San Juan ------------ 12 13 2 9
El Paso ----------- 108 4,312 10 1 San Pedro.......---------. 462 219,326 5 7
Galveston ....----------- 9 95 3 4 Savannah ----------- 1 29 1 1
Hidalgo------------ 37 1,226 10 1 Seattle ------------ 1,974 1,481,265 15 15
Houston.. ------------......... 9 44,665 4 3 Tampa _.-------------- 1 1 1 1
Jacksonville......---------. 5 3,012 2 4 Washington, D. C.._ 12 24 2 5
Laredo --------------10 483 4 1
Los Angeles...... --------- 57 3,848 5 5 Total.......--------. 9,208 4,017,807 ...........
Mayaguez -----------10 15 2 5


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