|How to Control Flies on the Farm|
To reduce the fly population in a horse barn and barnyard, you have to have the right tools in your arsenal. There are many methods of winning your war against flies, and your horses will love you for your efforts!
To prepare for battle, here are some key weapons designed to kill flies at their various life stages.
- Fly predators are tiny wasps that don't sting. They are a completely safe and non-toxic technique of fighting flies, and are a great choice for farms, stables or people who have a number of animals. When fly predators are used along with traps, you'll notice quite a reduction in your fly population. Because of their small size and the fact that they move around at night, you'll never see fly predators and your animals will never be bothered by them. Female fly predators lay eggs inside fly pupae, and these eggs use the contents of the pupae-which is the developing nuisance flies-as the food source for their own development. The nuisance flies are therefore killed before they can ever mature. Emerging fly predators then breed and increase their beneficial population on your property.
- Traps do a great job of catching adult flies. Two basic types of traps exist on the market, each designed to attract a different kind of fly. Stable flies are attracted to their traps visually. House flies are attracted to their traps by odor, which can be fairly offensive to humans. Both types should be hung outside, away from your barn, near potential fly breeding locations. If you hang traps inside your barn, you'll actually invite flies in. Generally, traps should be hung less than four feet from the ground, but be sure to follow manufacturer's recommendations for your trap to achieve the best results. You may also want to test various sites on your property to see which locations capture the most flies.
Sticky traps and tapes without lures catch flies when they land to rest. These can be hung successfully inside a stable, but be aware that you may also inadvertently catch small birds, bats and beneficial insects such as dragonflies.
- Misters and space sprays, such as the Country Vet Dispenser, provide quick knockdown of flies and other insects within your barn. This battery-operated dispenser is inexpensive and easy to install, and it releases insect killing insecticide according to a built-in timer.