62;MAY 2016 |
Keep fly populations
down on your property
by making it difficult for
them to reproduce.
Protect Your Property
The best way to combat flies is
by ambushing them where they
breed. By making it difficult for
flies to reproduce, you can keep
their numbers to a minimum.
Here are some ways to make your
property less hospitable to flies:
Scoop manure. Flies love
fresh manure. Try to clean your
horse’s stall or paddock at least
twice a day during fly season.
If you horse lives in a pasture,
keep manure picked as much
as possible. During the hot, dry
summer months, you can spread
it with a harrow. Be sure to
keep horses off the pasture for
a few weeks afterward to allow
infective parasite larvae in the
manure to die off.
If you’re working on a very
small amount of land, it’s best to
store manure in a sealed bin until
you can dump it. This will keep
flies from being be able to lay eggs
in it, and will seal in the eggs that
have already been laid.
If you have more room, keep
your muck heap as far from the
barn as possible and cover it with
Toss wet bedding. Damp
straw, shavings and hay are a
prime place for flies to breed.
Fix leaks. Look for dripping
faucets, waterers or hoses. Wet
areas attract flies; they like to
breed in damp places.
Cut vegetation. Stable flies
breed in rotting plants and rest in
tall vegetation when they’re not
bothering your horse. Keeping
your weeds mowed will eliminate
resting sites for flies and
discourage them from hanging
around your property.
Cover trash. Flies have
a good sense of smell, and
uncovered garbage will attract
them from miles around. Once
they gain access to trash, they will
lay eggs in rotting food. Keep your
property clear of trash, and keep
garbage bins tightly covered.
stops flies before they start.
An additional way to keep flies
from breeding on your property
is to use feed-through fly control
products containing insect
growth regulator (IGR).
Repellent spray is a
fly’s biggest foe.