Bug Scout 1980
Insect Devices Give Partial Control
(Tom Turpin, Entomologist, Purdue University)
Not only is it approved by EPA, but it serves as a burglar alarm, starts your cofee maker, and...
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February 2, 1980

There are a lot of gadgets on the market purported to provide insect control.  These devices are sold to reduce insect problems in and around homes, barns, yards, or gardens.  Most are designed to attract insects for purposes of extermination.

Other machines repel the undesirable insects.  All such devices will provide satisfactory relief from insects only when used with other control measures.

No collection device will provide satisfactory fly control unless breeding sites are eliminated.  The same is true for mosquitoes in the back yard.  Thus, sanitation remains the number-one control measure for flies, even with the miracles of modern technology.

Remember, unless used with other controls, the only benefit of insect gadgets might be the pleasure of seeing and hearing flies commit suicide on an electric grid.

by Tom Turpin, Entomologist, Purdue University

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