Department of Agriculture has a long history with genetically altered biocontrol agents, most notably the innovative screwworm fly
produced with sterile-insect techniques that was successfully developed by the USDA more than 70 years ago to eradicate a devastating animal pest.
Knipling as an alternative for vector control or even eradication of the screwworm fly
, Cochliomyia hominivorax, which used to plague the cattle farms in the USA, affecting the leather industry.
The New World screwworm fly
(Cochliomyia hominivorax), a member of the blowfly family, once ravaged wildlife and livestock from southern California east to Florida, as well as in much of Central America and the Caribbean.
Unusual cases of human myiasis due to Old World screwworm fly
acquired indoors in Hong Kong.