Fly Predators / Fly Eliminators?
So has anyone used these? I've heard great things but wanted to hear what other people think on here. Do you really have to release more every few weeks (doesn't that get really expensive?)? Also is there any difference between the brands - Fly Predators and Fly Eliminators? Fly Eliminators has a sale going on right now as per this month's Horse Illustrated and they are less $$ but I don't want to get them if they aren't the same as the others.
I use them. I'm on the automatic delivery cycle. I should be getting my first shipment of the season soon. I think they work great. I still use fly spray on my horses but the flys in the barn and around the stable area are much less with the fly predators.
At my barn, we use those in the summer. They work really well for the inside of the barn & all. :D
I'm on the auto delivery as well and just got my first shipment. Waiting for the little bugs to start crawling as I type this :lol:
When I first started ordering I went strictly by who was cheapest. I don't think it makes a difference really. I've been very happy with Spalding Labs.
They send me an email whenever they ship so I know when to start hitting the mailbox early. In the hot summer I hate to leave them in the box too long :shock:
I also put up fly traps around the property but I use far fewer traps than I used to. A few traps last all summer rather then before the predators I had to replace them every week or so. I use the nasty smelly liquid traps so thats a good thing :lol
Usually they ship you them once a month. I noticed last year when I worked at a barn that you really need at least 4-5 horses to sustain them. My boss went through a tough time and we only had 3 horses at one point it didn't seem like they were working. We theorized that there wasn't enough poop to sustain them...you dump them on poop and they eat the fly larvae. Another thing is you can't let them get to hot in the bag they're shipped in...they'll die. We had fly predators.
Cool thanks for the info, guys. What about the auto-shipments - how often do they come? I know they say every 3-4 weeks but every 6 weeks is okay too so just trying to figure out what's best. We're a small boarding barn but also house a rescue and have about 46 horses on the property so it's a larger shipment (and more $$) for certain. If we can go every 6 weeks that would be awesome, but I also don't want to skimp and have it not work. I know the Fly Eliminators are cheaper than the Fly Predators (diff brands - Predators are spalding labs and Eliminators are Arbico labs) so price is also a factor as there's about a $20 difference b/t the amount needed for 40 - 50 horses between the two companies. Keep the information coming! Thanks!
I'm sure with a large order like that they will work with you on shipping dates.
Be sure you follow the release directions. Its important to keep them away from birds and ants. I know my chickens loved them so I had to put a little chicken wire tent over my piles the first year.
...and when they come sometimes they arent hatched yet and you have to wait a few days to release them...
These are GREAT! Just don't EVER leave them in your house to long because they hatched in our kitchen! It was HORRIBLE!
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