The Housefly

by Luther S. West, Comstock Publishing Company, Inc., Ithaca, New York, 1951, 584 pp., 176 figures. Price $7.50

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The foreword by Col. Paul Russell enumerates some of the serious diseases in which the housefly is concerned. These important disease problems are treated from a historical and practical viewpoint in Chapters 1, 11, 12, and 13 of this Volume of 19 chapters.

The life history, habits, morphology, physiology, ecology and distribution of the housefly and its relatives are discussed, and the parasites, pedators, symbionts, and commensals are briefly considered.

The fly as an experimental animal, including its use in insecticide testing, and the technics involved in such work are discussed. The treatment of field, museum, and especially laboratory technics go far beyond the housefly. This is also true of the chapter on myiasis, which deals mainly with flies other than those of the genus Musca.

Emergency and planned control, and use of the newer insecticides are satisfactorily covered. It is noted that a tent-type fly trap is illustrated (Figure 146). This type is definitely inferior to traps of cone-type.