Plastic Tarpaulins for Controlling Flies in Stockpiled Poultry Manure Fertilizer

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Three woven saran, 2 woven polypropylene, and 2 polyethylene film tarpaulins were used as a cover on stockpiled poultry manure to control adult and immature Musca, Fannia, and Ophyra. Larvae were collected prior to covering, at the time of unconvering, and 1 week following uncovering to test the effectiveness of each tarpaulin as a larval control. Adult flies were collected periodically during the test, identified, and collected. Information on the chemical composition of the manure and the effect each tarpaulin had on it during the covering period is presented. Also included are internal and external environmental conditions which affect fly production. The polyethylene tarpaulins were found to provide the best overall control and the black polyethylene was one of the better tarpaulins for retaining the major fertilizer elements.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 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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