The Significance of house fly resistance to insecticides in fly control operations
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The Significance of house fly resistance to insecticides in fly control operations

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      The chronicle of house fly (Muscadom estica Linn.) resistance to or tolerance for insecticides has passed the point of recounting as an interesting phenomenon and now is depressing to read. Since first documented by Wiesmann (1) and Sacca (2) in 1947, reports of this resistance have increased alarmingly. Many of these reports serve both as obituaries for one insecticide and a s birth announcements for another. The reader’s depression is increased by sequent publications, sometimes after an incredibly short interval, that the recently announced youngster had enjoyed excellent health for a time but had suddenly passed into limbo with doubtful expectancy of resurrection. DDT was the first of the miracle insecticides and enjoyed the longest useful life. A wishful hope may lie in the fact that although DDT was losing ground rapidly from 1947 to 1950, it again holds some promise when coupled with other compounds (3) to prevent detoxification of the DDT within the house fly. Thus far, under field conditions, no other species of non-biting muscoid fly has presented a problem of resistance to in ecticides comparable to that of the house fly.
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