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The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) contracted with the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Maine to study the economic benefits of black fly control. The DEP requested that the study focus on the benefits of late-season black fly control. This decision was based on the belief that any control program for black flies would be initially directed toward the late-season varieties since they primarily exist along the Penobscot River between the towns of Millinocket and Howland. The purpose of this report is to present the results of a study to measure the economic benefits of late-season black fly control. The study objectives were to (I) determine the attitudes of residents toward early- and late-season black flies and other pests in the study area; (2) Measure the economic benefits of late-season black fly control that would accrue to residents of the study area; and (3) determine the factors that influence the magnitude of the economic benefits of late-season black fly control.
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Maine Agricultural Experiment Station
black flies, Simulium arcticum
Agricultural and Resource Economics
Reiling, S.D., K.J. Boyle, M.L. Phillips, V.A. Trefts, and M.W. Anderson. 1988. The economic benefits of late-season black fly control. Maine Agricultural Experiment Station Bulletin 822.