Flies, flies, and more flies. Flies in the barn, flies in the chicken yard, and now those pesty buggers are showing their ugly face on the back porch. Why, why, why? There is NO horse manure on the property that isn’t contained, and all pens and yards are cleaned twice a day. Every friday all manure is completely hauled off the ranch to the city dump.
I’ve used fly traps, sticky tape, sprays, pesticides, and whatever else there is, but nothing works. Horse fly spray runs about $20 a bottle, it works, but it has to be applied at the very least, daily. Not only is fly spray expensive if you own multiple horses, but it’s also a time consuming chore. Most horses aren’t big fans of being sprayed with stinky pesticides, and I’m not thrilled with wearing the back-spray of Pyrethrins either.
In my attempt to find an effective way to manage flies, I stumbled upon Spalding Laboratories, the Place with No Fly Know How. Their approach to fly control is by using fly predators. This website is very informative, and after taking their test to determine my ranch’s specific needs, I can purchase my very own army of fly predators for less than $150 a year. In my opinion, that’s a bargain price if it buys thousands of ranch hands!
What are Fly Predators?
Fly Predators are nature’s own enemy of all common manure and rotting organic matter breeding pest flies, including the common house fly, horn fly, biting stable fly and lesser house fly. Continue Reading
Will it work? I don’t know! But I think it’s worth a try.