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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: HIGHER DIPTERA PESTS OF LIVESTOCK, POULTRY, AND HUMAN HEALTH: INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT AND ADULT BIOLOGY

Location: Mosquito and Fly Research Unit

Title: Evaluation of imidacloprid-treated traps as an attract and kill system for filth flies during contingency settings

Authors
item Dunford, James -
item Hoel, David -
item Hertz, Jeffrey -
item England, David -
item Stoops, Craig -
item Szumlas, Daniel -
item Dunford, Kelly -
item Hogsette, Jerome

Submitted to: Army Medical Department Journal
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: January 18, 2013
Publication Date: May 1, 2013
Citation: Dunford, J.C., Hoel, D.F., Hertz, J.C., England, D.B., Stoops, C.A., Szumlas, D.E., Dunford, K.R., Hogsette, Jr, J.A. 2013. Evaluation of imidacloprid-treated traps as an attract and kill system for filth flies during contingency settings. Army Medical Department Journal. April-June:73-79.

Interpretive Summary: Trials were conducted to determine if a pesticide applied to the outside of filth fly traps would increase the kill rate. Four Fly Terminator® Pro traps baited with Fly Terminator® attractant were hung from framing at a Florida waste site. Exterior surfaces of two traps were treated with Maxforce® Fly Spot Bait (10% imidacloprid) and compared with two untreated traps. Kill consisted of flies collected inside traps and in mesh nets suspended beneath all traps. The three species captured in the largest numbers were Musca domestica (L.), Chrysomya megacephala (F.), and Lucilia cuprina (Wiedemann). More flies were in nets when outer trap surfaces were treated, but traps collected less flies inside when outer surfaces were treated. Treating Fly Terminator® trap exteriors with Maxforce® Fly Spot Bait was not statistically advantageous.

Technical Abstract: Field trials were conducted to evaluate if filth fly trap efficacy was increased by application of an insecticide to a trap’s exterior. Four Fly Terminator® Pro traps baited with Fly Terminator® attractant were suspended on PVC pipe framing at a Florida waste transfer site. Exterior surfaces of two traps were treated with Maxforce® Fly Spot Bait (10% imidacloprid) to compare kill rates with untreated traps. Kill consisted of total flies collected inside traps and in mesh nets suspended beneath all traps. Three species, Musca domestica (L.), Chrysomya megacephala (F.), and Lucilia cuprina (Wiedemann) comprised the majority captured. Nets recovered more flies when the outer trap surface was treated, however traps collected fewer flies inside when outer surfaces were treated. Treating Fly Terminator® trap exteriors with Maxforce® Fly Spot Bait was not statistically advantageous.

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