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Experiments on Control of the Face Fly1

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Field tests were conducted in central Maryland against the face fly (Musca autumnalis DeGeer), which occurred for the first time in this area as a serious pest of livestock in 1960. Baits containing sugar syrup or ll1nlt plus Dipterex® (dimethyl(2,2,2- trichloro-1-hydroxyethyl)phosphonute), methoxychlor, DDVP, and malathion were compared in tests in which the face, head, or topline of the animal was treated. Dipterex and DDVP gave erratic reduction but were superior to methoxychlor and malathion. Pyretheins and piperonyl butoxide in mineral oil with and without repellent R-326® (di-n-propyl isocinchomeronate) and barthrin and piperonyl butoxide were sprayed on the head and the head and front quarters of the dairy and beef cattle. Only barthrin-piperonyl butoxide was moderately effective into the second day. Other tests compared repellent effects of various materials applied to the heads of the animals with paintbrushes. Several sprays containing pyrethrins plus synergists or repellents were also tested. Repellent R-1207® (3-ehloropropyl n-octyl sulfoxide) was most effective 1 day after treatment. Emulsions and dusts tested were ineffective.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 1961

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  • Journal of Economic Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture & social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance. In addition to research papers, Journal of Economic Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, Rapid Communications, and Book Reviews.
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