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TECHNICAL STUDY: HOUSEFLY – Musca domestica15.07.2019

BIOLOGY

Flies belong to the Diptera order, Brachycera suborder. Among the various species of flies in existence, the main one is the house fly. The adult fly is 6-7 mm long, with a wingspan of 13-15 mm. The reproductive season of flies hits its peak in the summer: when temperatures reach approx. 30°C the complete reproductive cycle can take 8-10 days. During the reproductive season, flies are attracted by piles of rubbish containing decomposing organic substances with whom they feed their offspring, so they are particularly attracted by rubbish dumps and dung heaps. Flies avoid laying their eggs on material that is not sufficiently warm and humid, in order to ensure the normal development of the larvae, as these cannot thrive in an excessively cold and dry environment. Egg-laying females seem to be especially attracted by the complex mix of gases and odours released during the decomposition process, but there are certainly other factors that play an important role, such as water vapour and high temperatures.ù

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Animal wellbeing and the sanitary conditions of the zootechnical environment are key factors in the successful management of any type of farming. The presence of flies on farms causes stress: not only these insects are direct/indirect carriers of pathogenic micro-organisms, but they also negatively affect animal productivity. Although difficult to quantify, it is estimated that the damage caused by these annoying diptera on production stands between 5% and 20% depending on the extent of the infestation*. Knowing the risks and the correct procedures to follow is of essential importance in order to tackle this issue, through an integrated approach as well as direct measures to contain the problem. The aim of NEWPHARM®’s No-More-Flies Project is to provide safe and effective solutions to control the presence of flies – both in their larvae and adult form – while respecting the environment, the animals and the operator. For these reasons we include in our Project both larvicide and adulticide products. Specifically, to control the presence of adult flies, there are products with knock-down or residual effect and attractive baits. To adopt a fully integrated approach and eliminate the presence of these insects, traditional control methods (such as larvicides and adulticides) can be implemented alongside eco-friendly solutions (e.g. panels, biological baits, glue rolls and strings, lamps with glue screen).

Finally, there is also a wide choice of broad-spectrum products, in case you wish to target different crawling and flying insects.

* Studies conducted by USDA technicians (United States Department of Agriculture).

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