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Med Vet Entomol. 1998 Jul;12(3):241-5.

Use of odour-baited sticky boards to trap tabanid flies and investigate repellents.

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Department of Entomology, The Natural History Museum, London, UK.


Tabanid flies were captured in a sheep pasture in Hungary using black plastic boards (30 x 30 cm), coated with an adhesive sheet, which were either unbaited or baited with ethane-ethiol or Swormlure-4. Five species of tabanid were caught, of which Tabanus tergestinus was caught in the greatest number (87% of 192). The sex ratio of T. tergestinus on unbaited boards was not statistically significantly different to equality. However, on baited boards, males were significantly more numerous, probably due to a repellent effect of the odours on female tabanids. Because of the importance of repellents in tabanid control, this result encourages the exploration of a wider range of compounds as tabanid repellents than are used at present. Sticky boards offer a simple technique for trapping both sexes of tabanids, especially males, which are poorly represented in many tabanid traps.

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