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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: BITING ARTHROPODS: INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT

Location: Mosquito and Fly Research Unit

Title: Passive Baited Sequential Fly Trap

Authors
item Aldridge, Robert
item Britch, Seth
item Snelling, Melissa -
item Gutierrez, Arturo -
item White, Greg -
item Linthicum, Kenneth

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: February 16, 2014
Publication Date: N/A

Technical Abstract: Sampling fly populations associated with human populations is needed to understand diel behavior and to monitor population densities before and after control operations. Population control measures are dependent on the results of monitoring efforts as they may provide insight into the fly behavior and improve the likelihood of pesticide exposure. A novel trap is described for sequential collection of flies by means of an odorous bait and a passive design utilizing an inverted cone to exploit innate phototaxic behavior. The sequential trap can be used to effectively monitor fly populations over a given range of time with at least eight distinct collection periods. Field trials have been conducted utilizing the novel sequential trap in hot arid desert environments with high fly densities of multiple species to monitor fly population density and diel behavior in conjunction with a standard passive baited trap. The novel sequential trap performed similarly to the standard passive baited trap in collection numbers. It should be considered for use in diel rhythm and diel behavior studies of flies as significant peaks in fly activity were detected at specific times of the day. This knowledge permitted us to target specific times to control with pesticides.

Last Modified: 10/25/2014
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