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A Simplified Dusting Station to Control Face Flies and Horn Flies on Cattle1

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This paper presents the design of a self-applicating dusting station for polled or dehorned cattle. Stations built to the specifications presented in this paper have been used for 2 seasons in South Carolina to control the face fly, Musca autumnalis De Geer, and the horn fly, Haematobia irritans(L.).

Basically the unit consisted of a flat 6-ft-square galvanized metal roof attached to a wooden frame mounted on top of two 8-ft posts which were imbedded 2 ft in the ground. A board containing six 3 5/8-or 4ΒΌ-inch porch swing hooks supported 2 dust bags which were hung 4 inches apart. The board was positioned so that the bottoms of the bags were 18-24 inches above the ground.

A dust bag consisted of two 10-oz 40-cut X 42-inch burlap sacks one inside the other. Two no. 4 grommets were installed in the upper corners of each bag, and 2 grommets were installed in the center of each side of the open end so that the inner sack could be opened for refilling, The bags were suspended from the hooks by the grommets. Reinforcement to prevent tearing of the bag at the grommets was not necessary when double sacks were used. If 1 sack was used, 2 inches of the top was folded down over a strip of canvas reinforcement before installing the 4 grommets. Not more than 10 lb of dust was maintained in each bag. The total cost of materials excluding insecticide was approximately $13.00 per unit.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 1967

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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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