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post #21 of 25 Old 05-24-2011, 07:29 AM
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Originally Posted by SailorGriz View Post
Where do you put the Biting Fly Traps mentioned earlier? In the sun? Inside the barn? I think I might try one or two this summer and see if I can keep the Mrs from using rotten meat traps. I really don't like the smell of those things!
Ours is near a wet-ish spot (low spot of swale) in full sunlight.

Rotten meat traps sound....yucky!

Fly predators do not require manure. They just require flies.
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post #22 of 25 Old 05-24-2011, 09:39 AM
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Today I will be going to the lumber yard as I plan on building a Manitoba fly trap. If you google it there are plans with dimensions. Friends bot the EPPS trap and are pleased as to how it has cut down on the biting flies. Last year I set up a Mosquito Magnet that uses propane and an attractant and for the first time we could sit out in the yard and I'm surrounded by forest and swamp. Also I bot a $10 wading pool and put a couple of inches of water in it plus a couple of drops of dish detergent. I emptied without fail on the third day and moved it. The mosquitoes want quiet water to lay their eggs which hatch in about 3 days. By dumping the pool the wrigglers die and don't become adults. The wading pool was about a hundred feet from the Magnet to get the ones the Magnet doesn't attract. The little basket in the Magnet was packed full of dead mosquitoes every day. A small fan dehydrates them. I have a couple of light blue trash barrels that store feed. I notice that when the sun is in the west the front side of these barrels were covered in biting flies. I plan on taping clear plastic to the barrels and smearing it with Tanglefoot (very sticky stuff). The flies will stick to the plastic film. Simple matter to remove it and replace with more plastic film and Tanglefoot. I'm trying to be pro-active rather than resorting to chemicals. A dark barn offers a reprieve from the bugs so do what you can to darken it and the bugs will stay out.
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post #23 of 25 Old 05-24-2011, 09:48 AM
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We've had a lot of success with the fly predators. It seemed like it cut our fly population in half.
I also try to ride in the early morning and right after dusk to avoid the bugs.

So in lies the madness, the pursuit of the impossible in the face of the complete assurance that you will fail, and yet still you chase.
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post #24 of 25 Old 05-24-2011, 09:50 AM
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I have used a mosquito magnet. When it works it worked great. The problem was keeping it working. The darn thing went back for repairs so often it finally became less frustrating to not use it.
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post #25 of 25 Old 05-24-2011, 09:58 AM
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Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck View Post
I've had some success putting Bounce dryer sheets under my horse's bridle head piece. More recently I've heard of the development of mint based fly control. Supposedly flies hate mint. I'm thinking of growing some, smashing it up and putting in a little pouch to see what happens.

I was going to suggest the same thing. We use fly spray in addition to the dryer sheets. My Aunts horse is super sensitive and will go to bucking if they get too bad so she puts them in the bridal, wipes them all over her, ties one in her tail, and puts them under the saddle between the saddle and pad. It helps out a lot...
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