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      As a result of the recent wide-spread publicity given DDT as the miracle insecticide of the war, a flood of popular, semi-popular, and technical articles about the uses of DDT for controlling household pests has appeared. Its extensive use by the military forces in combating malaria-carrying mosquitoes, flies, and other pests is known to almost everyone. With the announcement that limited quantities are available for general use, the average householder is anxious to try the new insecticide. The general release of DDT has created a demand for practical information as to how the average person can use this new insecticide. Our aim is to answer some of the questions asked most commonly about DDT and to give the latest available information about its most efficient use in the home. Knowledge of the practical use of DDT in homes and gardens is still far from complete. Its use in this country is as recent as November 1942. Although large amounts have been used at home and overseas, DDT was restricted and used only for specific purposes by trained personnel under careful supervision. Results of this usage indicate that DDT can be used safely and effectively at home by the average person for certain purposes and under certain conditions. "DO NOT SUBSTITUTE DDT FOR GOOD SANITATION AND CLEANLINESS. DDT SHOULD BE USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH OTHER COMMON PRACTICES TO PREVENT DAMAGE BY HOUSEHOLD PESTS!" -- p. 36 What is DDT? -- What is a residual spray? -- How does DDT residue kill insects? -- In what forms is DDT available? -- How is DDT residue applied? -- How long will DDT residues last? -- What precautions should be taken in using DDT? -- How can DDT be used against specific pests?: houseflies, mosquitoes, cockroaches, bedbugs, fleas, lice, brown dog ticks, ants, sandflies, other household pests. Federal Security Agency, U. S. Public Health Service, Office of Malaria Control in War Areas, Atlanta. Georgia. 36 numbered pages
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