Bamboo (Bambusa spp.) users in Laguna and Rizal, Philippines, were surveyed regarding their willingness to accept varying degrees of bamboo powderpost beetle, Dinoderus minutus (F.) (Coleoptera: Bostrichidae), damage. The efficacy of deltamethrin, permethrin, or disodium octaborate tetrahydrate in water or in kerosene was then assessed against beetles on freshly cut bamboo (Bambusa vulgaris Schrader ex Wendland). Adult D. minutus in groups of 100 were capable of inflicting 50% cross-sectional damage on 30-cm-long bamboo samples within a 4-wk test period. Deltamethrin (0.01% [AI]). in water or kerosene provided significantly better protection against D. minutus attack on bamboo for 5 wk than did all other treatments. The results from a survey were then used to assess the cost/benefit ratio for each prophylactic treatment. Successful prophylactic treatment provided up to a 12:1 return, illustrating the benefits of such treatments.
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