The Ecology And Control of the Red Locust (Nomadacris Septemfasciata Serv.)

  • M. E. A. Materu


The ecology of the red locust, Nomadacris septemfasciata Serv. in its outbreak areas plays an important part in the survival of all its developmental stages. Some of the important ecological factors affecting the multiplication and formation of red locust swarms are described briefly. Different methods of controlling the red locust are discussed including ecological, biological and chemical methods. It is concluded that the various control methods play some part in regulating the locust population but at present, when the populations are high, only the chemical method is capable of reducing the population to acceptable levels. The ‘preventive control’ now used to control the red locust is effective and takes advantage of the biology and the ecology of the red locust in the outbreak areas.

Key Words

Ecology red locust Nomadacris septemfasciata control methods 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. E. A. Materu
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  1. 1.International Red Locust Control Organisation for Central and Southern AfricaMbalaZambia

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