As many farm and ranchers know, fly control really isn't a one-step process. There are many factors that play a role in overall fly control. While there are many options available to suit your needs, we would like to give you some tips on fly control for your dairy.
So how do you start? Fly Predators! Fly Predators stop flies before they emerge and reproduce, so you’re not continuing to battle each subsequent and very prolific generation. They’re easy to use and a natural alternative. There’s no down side to Fly Predators as they do not bother people or animals.
How do they work?
Essentially, Fly Predators live their entire life cycle on or near the surface of manure and other decaying organic matter, and because they are so small in size, they go virtually unnoticed.
When they are released near fly breeding sites, the female Fly Predator finds the fly’s pupa, drills a hole in the pupal case, and deposits up to a dozen eggs inside. Once her eggs are deposited, she gets nourishment from ingesting the fluids of the developing pest fly. This process repeats until all her eggs are deposited.
Once the Fly Predator’s eggs develop into Fly Predators they begin to mate and start the cycle over. A female Fly Predator will live long enough to deposit her 50 to 100 eggs which will take between two weeks to one month. When the pest fly population is under control and only a few pest fly hosts are available, the female Fly Predator will reabsorb her eggs for nourishment while searching for pest fly pupae. This allows them to live up to a month.
Now, just because you are taking care of your property doesn’t mean your neighbor is doing the same. Therefore, you need to be prepared for visiting flies from other sources by using fly traps. To be effective, it is important to use the correct type of trap. First, identify what kind of flies are bugging your animals, non-biting (such as house flies) or biting (stable flies). Second, pick the right traps, as no single trap will catch every kind of pest fly. Third, place the traps in the right locations. Sticky traps should be used in the barn to catch house flies as well as many other flying insects. The color of those sticky traps attracts the flies’ sight. The fly traps that require water should never be placed in the barn (you are attracting flies with the stink). For biting stable flies use the Bite Free Trap #35466.
Other tips to consider include using a fan in your barn. Little bugs like gnats prefer quiet air. When cleaning your barn, use a product like Bye Bye Odor. Flies are attracted to manure piles and smell, and using Bye Bye Odor eliminates the smell. Premise sprays applied to surfaces where flies rest can also be effective. These are available in ready to use spray bottles or in concentrate form and used in a sprayer. Another good option is feed-through products that are added to the animal’s daily rations.
Here’s what our customers had to say about Fly Predators
- “We use fly predators every year and they really work. Its best to start at the beginning of fly season though” -BEATRICE S
- “I know the Fly Predators really work and am sold on this program. I had my horse at a barn where we used them for 9 years and never had a problem with pesky flies. I would always use it whenever possible!” –Dori B
- “These are amazing at helping to keep the fly population down at my house! If you are undecided I promise after one season you will never be without them again” –Diana
Let us know if you have any success stories with Fly Predators in the comments!