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Advantages of Integrating Sterile-Male Releases with Other Methods of Control Against House Flies1,2

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This paper considers the potential advantages of integrating insecticidal control with the sterility approach in dealing with populations of medically important insects such as Musca domestica L. Specific theoretical models are presented to show the advantages of integrating applieations of insectieides or chemosterilant baits with releases of sterile males and are related to the biology of the house fly. The integration of these tech- niques of control would reduce the number of treatments with insecticides or chemosterilants that would be needed, would reduce the number of insects needed for the releases, and would reduce the time required to reach theoretical eradication. Use of insecticides to control the rate of increase of a population from generation to generation might make it possible to use sterile-male releases successfully against these species.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 1970

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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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