STARVE THE FLY.
The best method to prevent houseflies from breeding is to observe strict cleanliness in the homes and on the streets. This method was successfully carried out along the Panama canal in the campaign against malaria and yellow fever, which are conveyed from one person to another by mosquitoes.
Don’t give the deadly fly a chance!
Keep the house free of food for flies!
Starve him out!
Smite Him Hip and Thigh.
The bugle call of Hygeia
Is sounding through the land,
Arousing all the people
To form a swatting band —
To swat the pesky fly at sight,
And swat him hip and thigh,
Till not a single buzzer
Is left to make a cry.
Because he carries death germs
From many, many ills
That poison food and people
And run up doctor’s bills.
The powers that be have said
“Exterminate the fly,”
And typhoid, with the other ills,
Will bid the world goodby.
STUDY THIS FLY CATECHISM.
Practice It and You’ll Save Many a Life.
WHERE does the fly live? Where there is filth.
Is there anything too filthy for the fly to eat? No.
Does the fly like clean food too? Yes, and it appears to be his delight to wipe his feet on clean food.
Where is his favorite place of feeding? The manure heap and the garbage can.
Where does the fly go after leaving the manure pile and garbage can? Into the kitchen, dining room and bedroom.
Does the fly visit those sick with typhoid fever, consumption, smallpox and cholera infantum? He certainly does and may call on you next.
Is the fly dangerous? Yes; he spreads disease.
How does he spread disease? By carrying infection on his legs and wings and by “fly specks” after he has been feeding on infectious material.
What disease may the fly thus carry? He may convey typhoid fever, tuberculosis, cholera, dysentery, and “summer complaint.”
Did the fly ever kill any one? He killed more American soldiers in the Spanish-American war than the bullets of the Spaniards and was the direct cause of much of the typhoid fever in this country last year.
Where are the greatest number of cases of typhoid fever and summer complaint? Where there are the most flies.
Where are the most flies? Where there is most filth.
Is the presence of flies, therefore, an indication of nearby filth? It most certainly is, and that is disgraceful.
How may we successfully fight the fly? By destroying or removing his breeding place, the manure pile; removing all garbage and making vaults flyproof and by keeping our yard and alley clean, by screening the house and by the use of the wire swatter and sticky fly paper.
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa) May 23, 1917