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Peer-reviewed Article

Filth Fly Sources in Decaying Melon Fields: In Southern California's Low Deserts


E. F. Legner, University of California
G. S. Olton, University of Arizona

publication information

California Agriculture 29(12):10-11. December 1975.


Cull cantaloupes and watermelons are a major breeding habitat for several filth flies in southern Californiu's lower desert valleys, with the common house fly, Musca domestica, being predominant. Biological control alone is not satisfactory, but its integration with cultural methods, such as destruction of breeding habitats by mechanical breakage of cull melons, could offer a practical solution to the fly problem.

author affiliations

E. F, Legner is Professor of Biological Control and Entomologist, Division of Biological Control, University of California, Riverside. G. S. Olton is Assistant Professor of Entomology, Department of Entomology, University of Arizona, Tucson.