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    09-14-2011, 12:28 PM
fly predators

Just planning ahead for next summer and was wondering if anyone has tried fly predators? I saw them in my dover catalog and they are like miliature flies that kill your everyday barn fly? And if so do they work? I have a farm where we have cattle also so the flies are REALLY bad in the summer. Two days ago I was outside repairing the fence and they were everywhere. Trying to fly into my ears...trying to go into my mouth...nose etc. . . If anyone has tried them please let me know ur results! Thanks for taking the time to read this!
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    09-14-2011, 12:31 PM
I used them for the first time this year and loved them. The fly population is way down on my acreage this year.

I went with the original Spalding Labs fly predators. I don't know who Dover recommends but Spalding was the first, so I wanted to go with the original.

Spalding also doesn't charge you for your shipments until they're ready to go out, so you don't have one big major hit on your credit/debit card.
    09-14-2011, 12:36 PM
Been using them for three full summers now. Love them. Totally cuts down on the amount of flies.

I too use Spalding Labs. I believe we just got our last shipment for this year.
    09-14-2011, 12:37 PM
Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
I believe we just got our last shipment for this year.
Yep, I just got my last shipment for the year, too. I'm definitely going to sign up again before December 31st for next year.
    09-14-2011, 12:39 PM
Awesome! I thought they would be a good idea and possibly help the poor cattle out too....I don't know how cattle don't end up freaking the heck out with how bad they are lol thought it would be a good investment so I don't lose it myself some people say you are not a true horse person till the flies don't bother you...... I think that's kinda dumb necause I'm. Just easily irritable with flies. Especially when you end up eating a few. Icky.thanks :)
    09-14-2011, 12:40 PM
What do they usually run if I may ask? Cause I would probably go with who you guys go through since it worked for ya so well don't want to take any chances..... :)
    09-14-2011, 12:42 PM
Depends on how many animals you have. I have 3 horses and a dog, so they based mine on that. I was getting 5,000 predators once a month, at a cost of $18.45 each time.

The more animals you have the more predators you'll need, but they're really very inexpensive considering what they do.

Oh, and they're not flies, they're tiny, stingless wasps. They don't bother people or animals at all.
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    09-14-2011, 12:45 PM
I used them last year but completely forgot them this year and I notice a huge difference! I definitely plan to get them again for next year.
    09-14-2011, 12:46 PM
I think with all the money I saved on fly spray using them all these years they really cost me nothing.

Raisin, I think that the cows will bump your quantity required up very quickly. Go to the Spalding web site and fill in the question thingy and it will tell you exactly what they recommend for you and I believe how much it will cost.
    09-14-2011, 12:54 PM
The cowa are not mine so I'm thinking about talking to the man that owns them and see if he will pay for some of it. Cause the reason the flies are so bad is mainly because of the cattle. I will have to talk to him cause there are like 30 head of cattle and 5 horses. This summer I was going through about 5 bottles of fly spray a week. Spendy.

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