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How Many Filth Flies Is Too Many? Nuisance Thresholds for Rural Minnesota Communities.

Moon, Roger D., and Sarah K. O'Rourke.

Filth flies develop in manure, animal carcasses, and other moist, rotting organic matter. These flies can pose a threat to public health by spreading pathogenic bacteria, and can reduce quality of life by interfering with outdoor activities. Although Minnesota statutes authorize county health boards to define public nuisances and public health nuisances, and to provide for their prevention or abatement, courts have lacked an objective way to measure fly abundance and to set nuisance standards. Zero tolerance is not practical, so how many is too many? The authors trapped filth flies and conducted homeowner surveys regarding fly abundance in rural Clay and Jackson Counties during the summer of 1999 and 2000. Based on these survey responses, the authors developed an 'annoyance curve' that can serve as a basis for defining a quantitatively measurable nuisance threshold.

CURA Reporter
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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), University of Minnesota.
Funded in part by a grant from CURA's Faculty Interactive Research Program, with additional funding provided by the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station.
35 (3): 17-19.
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Reporter 35 (3)

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