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Control of Mink Myiasis Caused by the Larvae of Wohlfahrtia vigil

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Both mechanical and chemical control were attempted against Wohlfahrtia vigil (Walker) (Diptera: Sarcophagidae), a fly that causes myiasis in mink kits.

Five percent ronnel dust mixed with the nesting material at a rate of 8 g per 0.2 fts adequately controlled myiasis in young laboratory mice for 2 weeks. During most years a similar treatment should protect mink kits during the period when they are most susceptible.

In field tests with 5% ronnel dust, there was no detectible harm to mink kits from treatments as high as 24 g per litter box. Field evaluation of the 8-g treatment against Wohlfahrtia was only partially successful. Untreated litters were left in 1963 but infestations did not occur. In a 1964 test, myiasis occurred prior to, but not after, treatment of all litters.

Neither a mechanical device nor a repellent mixture, butoxypolypropylene glycol + 0.6% pyrethrins, prevented Wohlfahrtia myiasis in the laboratory.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 1965

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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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