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post #11 of 31 Old 05-31-2012, 04:19 PM Thread Starter
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will start googling that :p
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post #12 of 31 Old 06-03-2012, 09:41 AM
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My last barn used predators and we had almost no flies in the barn. When I did see the occasional one it would surprise me.
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post #13 of 31 Old 06-15-2012, 06:44 AM
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I asked my trainer/BO how it was that they literally have NO FLIES, LIKE NOT ONE! She said that basically they use meticulous housekeeping...not one poop shall go un-scooped!

Ha! And upon reflection, it does work! Their barn/stables/surrounding areas are SUPER CLEAN, they do all the stalls and runs twice a day, & also in between if they see a "pile"in one... use fly predators on the manuer pile, not so there are no critters to aid in the breakdown, but to keep then minimal and put them in the outer parts, where the errant flies would be, not the inner, where they need the flies to eat up and break down the poop. It really works!

Plus, when you walk around her property, you NEVER SEE a poop pile! If someone poos while walking around (usually the horses, but you never know-haha!) It gets shoveled up asap. She says it was a pain in the butt at first, being so "anal retentive" (pardon the pun!) about cleaning, but it has very obviously paid off! Just an idea!

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post #14 of 31 Old 06-15-2012, 09:20 AM
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This needs to be a multi pronged attack. First level and most important must be Manure control, it needs to be spread out and dried. Picking it up and throwing it in a pile doesnt do any good you are just creating a large breeding area instead of lots of little ones. A chain drag harrow works well , drag the field every couple days. What works even better is chickens, feed your horses a textured feed or add a small handful of whole barely grain to the feed. The grain passes through and the chickens come running as soon as the poo hits the ground. Scatter it every where to get the seeds.
Second line is spalding lab fly predators. Swear by them they are well worth the money. They work even better if you can get your neighbors using them.
Third, fly traps,,, but the right kind of fly traps, those scented add water lure type traps do just that LURE flys. Yeh they get full of flys and you think they arer working but they don't. They are drawing in flys from other areas, and the flys they are drawing in are not the ankle biting ones we have problems with , you need these traps, Starbar Bite Free Stable Fly Trap - Horse.com they work great hammer a stake in the ground and put them about 2 foot off the groud in an open sunny area near the barn, I have a line of three or four. The catch the biting flys and some of the deer flys as well, be advised you may catch a bird so don't freek out just unstick it and let it go.
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post #15 of 31 Old 06-15-2012, 09:51 AM
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I was just reading on another forum that someone use Mosquito Halt and she said it worked great. Don't know where to get it yet though. I agree you need to now what kind of fly you have before you get something to get rid of it. I like fly predators too.
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thanks guys the pile gets turned and spread once a week and the chickens do enjoy it but that alone isn't helping. I started the fly predators near the main pile before spreading and then after the turn add more and am using 3 different types of fly traps... have caught a few birds so far but they tend to end up being cat food after I release them :(

Hopefully by the end of this month I will see a huge change.. there have been less flies since my original post but stil more then I want lol

Keep the tips coming if anyone has more to offer :)
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The problem is the different flies require different control. The worst of them, the nasty biting horse and deer flies for example, are the hardest to impact. Most of the comercial traps, etc address the common/house type only.
We use traps for the nuisance flies (am looking into building a trap for the big biting buggars) masks and spray (not having much luck this year finding a very effective one for the nasties) along with good housekeeping on the property as far as manure etc.
if you find something that works for the biting flies...please let me know..I hate those things!

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scroll up to my post on the biting fly trap
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Thanks, Joe! That reminded me when you said "spreading it out and letting it dry", that is just WHAT my BO does...Now that I read your post, I assume as a main part of her fly control! I apologize that I forgot that part...she has the manure initially go into a pile, then every few days, a big tractor thing spreads it out along the 1/4 mile track that runs above and around the arenas! That is what makes up the nice, soft base for footing on the track, People walk their horses on the track to warm up or cool them out (and the views are beautiful from there!)...I always wondered what that track was made of exactly...and now I realize! It works... ; 0)
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Glad to hear that what you are using is working for flies. I found out some information on the mosquito Halt. That is some potent stuff in it including Deet. Thanks for sharing.
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