Operational Testing of Electrocutor Traps for Fly Control in Dining Facilities

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Operational testing of electrocutor traps, equipped with ultraviolet lamps, was conducted in two dining halls in San Antonio, Tex. Two traps in each facility were turned on during 1 wk, and then off during the next, for an 8-wk period. Insect activity (primarily that of muscoid flies) was monitored by counting number of specimens collected on flypaper, active insects observed on tables and countertops, and specimens collected in the electrocutor traps. More than 200 house flies, Musca domestica L., were collected in electrocutor traps during each week that traps were operated. Seventy-two percent fewer house flies were observed when traps were on than when traps were off; more customer complaints about flies were received when traps were off. Populations of other flies and insects were apparently not reduced and even increased in one facility with electrocutors operating. However, as shown by this study, electrocutor traps show promise as pest-management devices in dining facilities.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 1987

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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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