Bug Scout 1981
Sanitation Means Fewer Flies
(Tom Turpin, Entomologist, Purdue University)
By gosh, I thought it had filled in more than that!
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May 2, 1981

Confinement buildings are efficient units for producing swine production by blood feeding, annoyance of animals, or transport of disease organism.

Houseflies are the most common species, but the stablefly and little housefly may also be present.  These insects develop in moist manure and wet decaying organic matter.  Mosquitoes that develop in standing water or lagoons can also become a problem.

Sanitation, insecticides for adults, fly baits, or insecticides for maggots can be useful control tools.  A thorough sanitation program is essential to hold down fly populations around swine facilities.  No insecticide can be expected to control flies as long as breeding sites exist.

Remember, if your swine operation reminds you of a "pig pen" you may be breeding flies more efficiently than hogs.  

by Tom Turpin, Entomologist, Purdue University

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