Bug Scout 1982
Taking a Swat at Fly Control
(Tom Turpin, Entomologist, Purdue University)
Mechanical fly control is one thing, but couldn't we be a bit more selective with its use?
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July 17, 1982

One of the most common insects known is the housefly.  It is the most frequently found insect in houses throughout the world.  The window screen was, no doubt, invented to keep houseflies and mosquitoes from our homes.

The housefly is a successful insect because it combines a large family with one of the shortest life cycles among insects.  A female fly averages laying 500 eggs during her lifetime.  A generation from egg to adult to egg again may take as little as 10 days during summer.

Housefly control depends first on good sanitation.  Larvae live in livestock and pet manure, soiled bedding straw, and garbage.  Insecticides used in conjunction with sanitation are helpful for fly control.

If all else fails, the old fly swatter is still effective for control around the dinner table.  The fly swatter is energy-efficient and safe for the environment.  Best of all, houseflies are not resistant to fly swatters!  

by Tom Turpin, Entomologist, Purdue University

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