Sampling recommendations were developed for a potato bait sampling method used to estimate garden symphylan (Scutigerella immaculata Newport) densities in western Oregon. Sample size requirements were developed using Taylor’s power law to describe the relationship between sample means and variances. Developed sampling recommendations performed well at sample sizes of 30 and greater, when validated by resampling a cohort of 40 independent data sets. Sample size requirements for the bait sampling method were 1.5 times greater than the requirements for the soil sampling method over densities from 1 to 20 S. immaculata per sample unit. As S. immaculata densities increased from April to May, sample size requirements decreased by 36% for fixed precision levels. For sampling in April, decreasing the damage threshold from 20, to 10 and five S. immaculata per sample unit, required a 1.6 and 2.5 times greater sample size requirement, respectively, for a fixed precision level (c) appropriate for pest management (c = 0.25). The bait sampling method provides an efficient reliable alternative to the standard soil sampling method used to monitor garden symphylan populations.
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