Use of a Computer to Evaluate Alternative Insecticidal Programs

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Science  10 Mar 1961:
Vol. 133, Issue 3454, pp. 706-707
DOI: 10.1126/science.133.3454.706


A simple numerical routine which mimics the effects of density-dependent factors and weather has been used to simulate insect pest population trends without control, and with a variety of insecticidal procedures. Results of the analysis suggest that apparent benefits from spraying are illusory, since spraying elicits homeostatic response by the pest population.