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Abundance of immature stages of the house fly (Diptera: Muscidae) from five areas in beef cattle feedlot pens

Skoda, S.R., Thomas, G.D., Campbell, J.B.
Journal of economic entomology 1993 v.86 no.2 pp. 455-461
Musca domestica, larvae, sampling, beef cattle, feedlots, pens, Nebraska
Randomly selected core samples were taken over a 3-yr period from five sample areas (the feed apron-soil interface, mound, side fences, back fences, and general lot) in pens of several beef feedlots. Our goal was to determine the abundance, from the five sample areas, of immature house flies, Musca domestica L., throughout each year. The feed apron-soil interface consistently (greater than or equal to 33% of the cores yielded house flies) yielded the highest numbers of immature house flies (> 70% of total) in all 3 yr. House fly numbers tended to peak in mid- to late-season samples. Scheduled, concerted waste management along the feed apron should have p positive impact on house fly population reduction. Data derived from sampling along the feed apron could have predictive value in developing pest management schemes.