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    06-25-2010, 10:13 AM
Originally Posted by farmpony84    
yep. Since you already have flies it might seem like it doesnt work at first. You'll have to wait the 10 days or so that it takes for the already existing flies to die off before you start noticing a change (since they feed of the larvae and not the actual flies), but it's definitely worth it.
This plus you will notice after some time it will seem like they are not working again.
Since flies reproduce at a much faster rate than the predators do. The flies that are there now will already have a batch of larvae going, etc.

You might want to order a couple months of double orders.
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    06-25-2010, 11:51 AM
They are WONDERFUL. I use them in my barns and corrals and they are great.
    06-25-2010, 03:32 PM
I think their effectiveness depends on your surroundings. They have been using them at my barn for almost a year with so-so results. The predators eat the fly larvae from the horse manure and keep any new flies from hatching. However, we have another stable on one side and a pasture of cows on the other side which do not use predators. Since flies are mobile, they just fly over from the neighbor's place. Although I think predators probably help, if you have other things near your property that attract flies, you will still get them.
    06-25-2010, 04:09 PM
That is accurate. They do not work well if your have a large population of non-using people near you. Though I suppose you could up your shipment quite a bit and maybe the predators would travel to their manure piles too.

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