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Levande flugfängare: Om vilda fåglar som ohyresbekämpare
Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of East European Studies.
2006 (Swedish)In: Rig: kulturhistorisk tidskrift, 78–84- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Living flycatchers

About keeping wild birds for controlling pests

Flies were a general problem for the peasantry in pre-industrial society. Due to presence of excrement, food stuff and rubbish in and around the houses flies of many species thrived in this environment. There were of course many ways of trying to control them. Mechanical extermination by using home-made fly flaps was one way, various kind of poison (fly agarics, wolf’s-bane, common toadflax) was another. One more primitive way of biological controlling the indoor pests was to catch wild insectivorous birds and release them in the house. There are in the sources several examples of that from southern Sweden, northern Finland and various places in central Europe. Although we have no information about how common it was, it seems to have been a widespread practice among the peasantry. Also Carl Linnaeus was familiar with this method. When house crickets (Acheta domesticus) became too numerous in his home, he captured a tree creeper (Certhia familiaris) to control them.

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2006. 78–84- p.
Keyword [en]
ethnobiology, birds, ethno-ornithology, bird-lore, pest-control
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-21399OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-21399DiVA: diva2:49172
Available from: 2006-12-28 Created: 2006-12-28 Last updated: 2011-01-11

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