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Manure Composting Reduces House Fly Population

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.org

Citation:  Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health. 16(2): 99-110. (doi: 10.13031/2013.29594) @2010
Authors:   A. M. Abu-Rayyan, B. E. Abu-Irmaileh, M. M. Akkawi
Keywords:   Composting, Environment, Health hazards, House fly, Jordan

Three experiments were conducted in a University of Jordan field in the Al-Jubeiha area, to evaluate the effect of manure composting for 0, 2, 4, or 6 weeks prior to planting on the house fly (Musca domestica L.) population. The obtained results indicated that the house fly prefers broiler and layer manures over other tested materials for breeding. Composting can reduce house fly populations, especially with longer composting periods. Reduction in house fly numbers was linearly correlated with composting period. Even though organic manures composted for longer periods reduce house fly populations, broiler and layer manures were still favored.

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