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# Time Delayed Stage-Structured Predator-Prey Model with Birth Pulse and Pest Control Tactics

**Academic Editor:**Yanni Xiao

#### Abstract

Normally, chemical pesticides kill not only pests but also their natural enemies. In order to better control the pests, two-time delayed stage-structured predator-prey models with birth pulse and pest control tactics are proposed and analyzed by using impulsive differential equations in present work. The stability threshold conditions for the mature prey-eradication periodic solutions of two models are derived, respectively. The effects of key parameters including killing efficiency rate, pulse period, the maximum birth effort per unit of time of natural enemy, and maturation time of prey on the threshold values are discussed in more detail. By comparing the two threshold values of mature prey-extinction, we provide the fact that the second control tactic is more effective than the first control method.

#### 1. Introduction

The outbreak of pest often triggers serious ecological and economic problems. In recent years, the management of pest has increasingly become the focus of attention. How to effectively control pest is one primarily concern problem. In practice, lots of factors can affect the efficiency of pest control, for instance, the time of impulsive effects, the number of prey stocked or naturally released, and the proportion of killing or catching pests. Mathematical modelling is one of the main ways for estimating and predicting the range of ecological interactions between pest and predator. Lately, many papers have been devoted to propose and analyze the predator-prey systems [1–4].

In one aspect, many species have the life history that goes through two stages, immature and mature, which has significant morphological and behavioral differences between them. Therefore, it is necessary to account for these differences, and the dynamics of mathematical models with stage-structured prey-predator model has been widely studied [5–11] in recent years. In other aspects, in the natural world, the immature predator always undergo a certain time (which is called maturation time delay) to be mature, so time delays play an important role in biological meanings in age-structured models. Time delay and stage-structured systems are introduced into predator-prey models, which greatly enriches biologic background. Many age-structured models with time delay were extensively studied [12–14]. A single species model with stage structure and time delay was invested by Aiello and Freedman [15].

As far as the population dynamics is concerned, most models often considered that the population reproduces throughout all year. However, many species give birth seasonally or in regular pules. In this regard, the continuous reproduction of mature species should be removed from the model and termed this growth form as birth pulse. For instance, Tang and Chen study an age-structured model with density-dependent birth pulse in [16] and Xiang et al. [17] have considered a delayed Lotka-Volterra model with birth pulse and impulsive effect at different moment on the prey. Theories of impulsive differential equations have been studied lately [18–20]. Impulsive systems are found in many domains of applied sciences. The application of impulsive differential equations to population dynamics is an interesting topic since it is reasonable and corrects in modeling the evolution of populations. Virtually, the pulses occur at different moments more realistic, which is more meaningful than the pulses that occur at the same time. Recently, the qualitative analysis of impulsive differential equations at different moments has been widely investigated in many works [21–23].

Although, many authors have devoted to study the effects of pesticide on pest and its natural enemies and lots of instructive control strategies also have been given. An optimal time of pesticide applications still seems to be a novel interesting area. Following the practical pest management, we firstly propose the predator-prey model with pulse at the same time. Further, we assumed that the birth pulse and pest control tactics occur at different time. Discussing and comparing the mature prey-extinction of the two models, we get some new effective pest management.

#### 2. Predator-Prey Model with Impulsive Effects at the Same Time

The purpose of this paper is to address how the time of impulsive effects influences the pest control. On the basis of the above discussion and motivated by [8, 16], we first will extend the following impulsive model which introduces the impulsive control tactics at the same time: where and are densities of the immature prey and mature prey, respectively. denotes the density of predator. represents a constant time to maturity and are positive constants. is the birth rate of immature prey, , are the mortality rates of the immature prey and mature prey, and is the death coefficient of . is the intraspecific competition rate of the mature prey. is the transmission coefficient. The term represents the immatures who were born at time and survive at time (with the immature death rate ) and therefore represents the transformation of immatures to matures (). is the rate of conversing prey into predator. represent the killing (or poisoning) rate of the prey and the predator, respectively. is the stocking amount of the immature prey at . denotes the birth effort of predator population at , where means the maximum birth effort per unit of time and the predator size at which 50% saturation measures how soon saturation occurs.

Lemma 1 (see [24]). *Consider the following equation:
**
where for . We have*(i)*if , then ;*(ii)*if , then .*

Lemma 2. *Consider the following system:
*(i)*if , the fixed point is globally asymptotically stable;*(ii)*if , the fixed point is globally asymptotically stable.*

*Proof. *Integrating the first equation of (3) on , we have
With the successive pulse, we can obtain the following stroboscopic map of system (3):
Let . If , then the fixed point , since
and unstable if , since
If , (5) has a unique positive fixed point:
By the same way, we can obtain the fact that the fixed point is globally asymptotically stable if . This completes the proof.

which implies that corresponding periodic solution of (3) on is Thus (1) has a mature prey-extinction periodic solution , where .

Theorem 3. *The mature prey-extinction periodic solution is globally asymptotically stable if
**
holds, where .*

*Proof. *Let be any solution of system (1). Following from the third equation of system (1), we notice that . Consider the following impulsive differential system:
According to Lemma 2, we obtain the fact that , for . By using the comparison differential theorem of impulsive equation, we have and as . Therefore, for an arbitrarily small positive constant and all large enough:
holds true.

For simplicity, we assume that (12) holds for all . From (12), we have
Consider the following comparison differential equation:
From (10) and Lemma 1, we have . By the comparison differential theorem, we get . Noticing the positivity of , we know that . Without loss of generality, we assume that for any (sufficiently small)
Following from (1) and (15), we can obtain that
which yields and as , while are the solutions of
respectively. Here, and , for .

In view of the comparison differential theorem, for any , let ; then , for large enough, which means as .

Next, we will prove that as . From (1) and (15), we get
For the left hand inequality, it follows from impulsive differential equation (5) that and as . For the right hand inequality, we consider the following impulsive differential equation:
and .

Therefore, for any , . Let ; then we get
for large enough, which means as . The proof is completed.

Corollary 4. *
(i) If holds, then the mature prey-extinction periodic solution is globally asymptotically stable.**
(ii) If holds, then the mature prey-extinction periodic solution is globally asymptotically stable.**In biological terms, since or , the mature prey will extinct and immature prey and predators will coexist.*

#### 3. Predator-Prey Model with Impulsive Effects at the Different Time

In particular, in order to avoid the adverse effects of pesticides on the newly released natural enemies, we consider the following method implemented in practice to avoid such antagonism. That is, we assume that the pulse occurs at and . The detailed changes are shown as follows: If the mature prey is absent, then system (22) reduces to We can easily obtain the analytic solution of system (23) at the interval :

Lemma 5. *
(i) If , the fixed point is globally asymptotically stable.**
(ii) If , the fixed point is globally asymptotically stable.*

*Proof. *Consider system (24), which yields the following stroboscopic map:
Let . If , there exists a unique trivial fixed point . The trivial fixed point is locally stable if , since
and unstable if , since
If , (25) has a positive fixed point denoted by , where , when . The positive fixed point is locally stable since , if .

Further, we can show that is globally asymptotically stable, if the following statements are satisfied:(i)if , then ;(ii)if , then .

By calculation, we get +, which shows that , when ; we know
This yields . So we have under the assumption ; otherwise if . Thus the statements (i) and (ii) are satisfied. This completes the proof.

Now we can deduce that the positive equilibrium of system (25) is globally asymptotically stable. So we have the corresponding positive periodic solution in the following, which is globally stable:

Theorem 6. *Assume that
**
holds, where . Then the mature prey-extinction periodic solution is globally asymptotically stable.*

*Proof. *Following from the second equation of system (22), we notice that ; thus consider the following impulsive differential system:
According to Lemma 5 and the comparison theorem on impulsive differential equations, we have and as . Then there exists an integer , , such that
holds for all* t* large enough.

This is
Since > , we have
For simplicity, we assume that (34) holds for all . From (22) we have
Consider the following comparison differential system:
From (23) and Lemma 1, we have . By the comparison differential theorem, we have . Noticing the positivity of , we know that . Without loss of generality, we assume that there exists an integer , for any (sufficiently small), such that
In view of (22) and (37), it is easy to obtain that
we get , and as , where
From the comparison differential theorem, for any , there exists an integer ; let ; then , for large enough, which means as , where
Next, we will prove that as . From (22) and (37), we get
For the left hand inequality, it follows from impulsive differential equation (31) that and as . For the right hand inequality, we consider the following impulsive differential equation:
Therefore, for any , there exists an integer such that
Let ; then we get
for large enough, which means as . The proof is completed.

Corollary 7. *
(i) If holds, then the mature prey-extinction periodic solution is globally asymptotically stable.**
(ii) If holds, then the mature prey-extinction periodic solution is globally asymptotically stable.**The biological significance of Corollary 7 is the same as Corollary 4, so we omit it.**In order to investigate the permanence of system (22), we should give the following Definition and Lemma.*

Lemma 8. *There exists a constant such that for each solution of system (22) with all large enough.*

*Proof. *Define , note that , then and we have
When ,
When ,
Let us denote .

It follows from the comparison theorem of impulsive differential equations (see lemma 2.2 [25], page 23) that
So is ultimately bounded. Hence, by the definition of , there exists a constant , such that for all large enough. This completes the proof.

*Remark 9. *According to Lemma 8, it is clear that . For convenience, we note that .

*Definition 10. *The system (22) is said to be permanent if there are constants (independent of all initial values) and a finite time , such that for all solutions with all initial values , and holds for all .

In biological terms, the permanence of (22) implies that prey (both immature and mature) and predators will coexist, none of them facing extinction or growing indefinitely. Denote

Theorem 11. *If
**
holds, where , system (22) is permanent.*

*Proof. *It is seen that the second equation of system (22) can be rewritten as
Let us consider any positive solution of system (22). By (51), is defined as
Taking the first derivative of with respect to , we have
As seen in Lemma 8, (53) can be written as
From the definition of , we have
and then ; it is easy to know that there exists a sufficiently small such that
We claim that, for any , it is impossible that for all . Otherwise, there is a such that for all . It follows from the third equation of (22) that
for all . Consider the following comparison impulsive system of (57):
and we have
In view of the comparison differential theorem for equation, there exists a , such that
for , which implies that , where
Thus
From (54), we get
By (54) and (63), we have
Let

In the following we show that for all . Otherwise, there is a such that for and , which implies that,
it is a contradiction. Thus, for all . Hence, for , we get
which means as . This is contrary to the boundedness of . The claim is proved.

By the claim, consider the following two possibilities.*Case 1. * for all large enough. *Case 2. * oscillates about for large enough. Set

We will show that for all large enough. The conclusion is evident in Case 1. For Case 2, suppose that there exists the positive constant satisfying and for all , where is enough large such that
since is continuous and bounded and is not affected by impulses. Thus is uniformly continuous. Consequently, there exists a constant