House Fly Death by Artificial Sweetener: Starvation, Not Toxicity

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While recent headlines have noted the potential insecticidal properties of common artificial sweeteners, don’t go sprinkling Truvia around your home just yet. A new study on house flies suggests they likely aren’t poisoned by sweeteners—they just die of malnutrition. A team of researchers at North Carolina State University tested survival rates of house flies (Musca […]

Farm to Trough: How House Flies Could Reduce Waste and Feed Livestock

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As the global human population continues to rise, researchers are turning to the potential role insects might play in growing the global food supply. A new study from researchers at Cornell University points to the house fly (Musca domestica) as a viable source of a protein-rich food source—not for humans, but for livestock. As reported […]

Open-access Article Offers Horse Owners Advice on How to Control Flies with Parasitoid Wasps

By Leslie Mertz Horses need help when it comes to insect pests, particularly the house flies and stable flies that can be a near-constant source of annoyance and even disease. Unfortunately, horse farm managers and horse owners are in the dark about how best to tackle the issue because the research just hasn’t been done, […]

Researchers Have Sequenced the House Fly Genome

The house fly might be a worldwide pest, but its genome will provide information that could improve our lives. From insights into pathogen immunity, to pest control and decomposing waste, the 691 Mb genome has been sequenced and analyzed by a global consortium of scientists, and is published in the open access journal Genome Biology. […]