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Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780262535021

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262535021.001.0001

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How to Trap a Fly

How to Trap a Fly

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Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga

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This chapter considers one of the stratagems developing out of an intelligence system of mhesvi, trapping systems. This approach was based on the underlying principle that the chipukanana had very small reproductive potential, that a slight reduction in the chipukanana's reproductive rate or increase in its mortality rate was enough to control its entire population. To do so, mhesvi had to be attracted to artificial baits laced with killing or sterilizing agents. These “attractant studies” targeted mhesvi's mobilities, sensory system, and feeding behavior; once attracted, the next step was to trap the flies and, once trapped, kill or sterilize them.

Keywords:   intelligence system, mhesvi, trapping systems, tsetse fly, chipukanana, population control

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