help. The same goes for your grain room and tack room, including the half-eaten
bagel you forgot to finish!
Mosquitoes, on the other hand, need water to breed, so cleaning your buckets
and water tanks regularly is a must, along with eliminating as many sources of
standing water as possible. Think of little things, like leaking hoses or water spigots, or an outside wash rack that always has a puddle nearby.
Unleashing beneficial bugs known as parasitoid wasps on your manure pile can
help reduce your fly population by killing the fly pupae before they hatch. (Fly
Predators and Fly Eliminators are two popular brand names.)
These tiny, non-stinging wasps offer an environmentally friendly form of fly control. The females lay eggs inside the fly pupae, the eggs consume the pupae, and voilà,
no flies hatching. For best results, you should start releasing the parasitoid wasps early
in the season, before flies become a problem.
Because of the nature of the fly life cycle and egg production, you’ll need to
release new batches periodically. Be sure to use the recommended amount; if you
use too few, they won’t be effective.
Keep in mind that parasitoid wasps don’t
control adult flies. If you have close neighbors that
aren’t taking any fly control actions, those neighboring flies can end up on your property despite
your best efforts.
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Fly traps are another weapon
in the fly war arsenal. There are
two primary trap designs: sticky
traps and bait traps.
Some traps are designed to
lure house flies using visual and
odor attractants, while others
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