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Pages Past, Aug. 25


Last updated 8/24/2021 at 5:08pm

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1976: The Clovis-Curry County Vector Control crew was dispensing fly bait at area restaurants, grocery stores and cattle-feeding facilities.

Dave Tanner of the Environmental Improvement Agency said the baits are powder or granular in form and have a sweet base. They are mostly placed around refuse containers and animal pens.

Tanner warned residents should not attempt to place the bait near entrances to homes. “The bait attracts flies and they could enter the house before they are killed,” he said.

Tanner said most flies travel less than 300 yards from the site where they are born. He said a fly’s lifespan is no more than five days.

Fly eggs are usually laid on animal manure, garbage, decaying fruits and vegetables and grass clippings. The best means of fly control was to eliminate the breeding site, Tanner said.

He recommended residents equip refuse cans with tight-fitting lids, clean those cans regularly, store grass clippings in covered containers prior to pickup, remove weeds and animal waste in yards and alleys, and screen windows as ideas for preventing fly infestation.

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