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Walk-Through Trap for Control of Horn Flies (Diptera: Muscidae) on Pastured Cattle

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A walk-through fly trap designed in 1938 by W. G. Bruce was tested for two field seasons in Missouri. Screened elements along both sides of the device functioned as cone traps, thereby catching horn flies, Haematobia irrttans (L.), as they were swept from cattle by strips of carpet hung from the roof. Horn fly control on pastured cattle averaged 54 and 73% when they were afforded access to the trap. Analyses of Diptera captured in the trap indicated that horn flies comprised the most abundant species; face flies, Musca autumnalis De Geer, stable flies, Stomoxys calcitrans (L.), and others were present in smaller numbers. Cattle were not reluctant to use the trap, and no structural problems were observed during the experiment.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 1989

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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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