Integrated Pest Management Reviews

, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp 103–110 | Cite as

An historical perspective of the ‘Blandford Fly’ (Simulium posticatum Meigen) problem and attempted control of the pest species using Bacillus thuringiensis var. israelensis

  • Mike Ladle
  • Stewart Welton


This review deals with the biology and control of a biting pest species, Simulium posticatum, which has been responsible for a considerable degree of distress to the human population in the vicinity of the River Stour in Dorset. Each phase of the life cycle of the insect is considered in relation to possible control measures. An account is given of how this information has been combined with the use of Bacillus thuringiensis in a successful, precisely targeted attack on the pest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mike Ladle
    • 1
  • Stewart Welton
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Freshwater EcologyRiver LaboratoryWarehamUK

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