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The House Fly and How to Suppress It U. S. Department of Agriculture Farmers' Bulletin No. 1408   By: (1857-1950)

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In "The House Fly and How to Suppress It", author L. O. Howard delves into the intricacies of managing one of the most notorious pests known to humanity – the common house fly. This enlightening and comprehensive publication, compiled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is a valuable guide for anyone seeking to understand the behavior and eradicate the house fly.

Howard's work showcases his expertise as an entomologist, providing a meticulous analysis of the house fly's life cycle, reproduction, and feeding habits. The underlying theme of the book is clear: to equip readers with knowledge and techniques to prevent and combat the dangers that house flies pose in both urban and rural environments.

Through a detailed exploration of the various fly-control methods available, the author offers practical and effective solutions. From the use of screens, flytraps, and insecticides to the implementation of cultural practices and biological control, Howard presents a range of strategies to tackle fly populations. His emphasis on integrated pest management, which combines multiple techniques, addresses the issue in a holistic and sustainable manner.

One of the book's notable strengths lies in the numerous illustrations and photographs that enhance the readers' understanding. Detailed diagrams of the fly's anatomy, as well as illustrative infographics explaining the life cycle stages, give readers a visual grasp of the subject matter. The inclusion of vivid images of fly-infested environments also serves as a reminder of the urgency in combating these pests.

Howard's writing style is accessible and engaging, making an otherwise technical topic more approachable for the average reader. While the book's primary audience is farmers, it also appeals to homeowners, health professionals, and anyone interested in understanding the significance of controlling fly populations. The author's ability to strike a balance between providing scientific evidence and practical applications ensures readers of all backgrounds can benefit from the information presented.

Though published in 1926, "The House Fly and How to Suppress It" remains relevant today due to its timeless advice on pest management. While some specific control methods and products mentioned may be outdated, the underlying principles articulated by Howard continue to shape modern pest control practices.

Although the book is a testament to the dedicated efforts of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, one minor flaw is the limited geographical focus, tailored mainly to the United States. A more globally inclusive perspective would have broadened its usefulness to a wider readership.

Overall, "The House Fly and How to Suppress It" is an invaluable resource for those seeking guidance on controlling house fly populations. L. O. Howard's expertise and passion shine through, providing readers with a comprehensive understanding of the fly's biology and proven techniques for effective suppression. If you're ready to combat the scourge of house flies and improve public health, this book is a must-read.

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[Illustration: fly]

[Illustration: USDA seal]

The presence of flies is an indication of uncleanliness, insanitary conditions, and improper disposal of substances in which they breed. They are not only annoying; they are actually dangerous to health, because they may carry disease germs to exposed foods.

It is therefore important to know where and how they breed, and to apply such knowledge in combating them. This bulletin gives information on this subject. Besides giving directions for ridding the house of flies by the use of screens, fly papers, poisons, and flytraps, it lays especial emphasis on the explanation of methods of eliminating breeding places and preventing the breeding of flies.

This bulletin supersedes Farmers' Bulletin 851.

Washington, D. C. Issued April, 1925; revised November, 1926


By L. O. HOWARD, Chief of the Bureau of Entomology , and F. C. BISHOPP, Entomologist .

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