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Distribution of Insecticide-Resistant House Flies on Neighboring Farms1,2

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The spatial distribution of insecticide-resistant strains of the house fly, Musca domestica L., in Ventura County, California, has been examined in relation to the history of use of insecticides and the distances between farms. Differences in resistance levels between populations were maximal for compounds used relatively recently (diazinon, ronnel), and minimal for those employed rarely (fenthion, dimethoate), or the use of which has been discontinued for several years (DDT, dieldrin, malathion). The evidence indicates only slow intermingling among fly populations on the farms studied. However, even a few resistant flies, dispersing to neighboring farms, would constitute the nucleus for rapid development of resistance upon treatment with the respective insecticide.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 1966

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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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