We really enjoy getting out on the road and meeting with customers that have been with us for a long time and those customers that are brand new too! We love talking with you and hearing your stories about the new inventive ways you’ve found to use Bye Bye Odor and seeing how we can help you get fewer and fewer flies at your place each year. We have been overwhelmed with the great response to our new spray Bye Bye Insects, if you have not had a chance to try it come by and see how great it smells and feels on your skin.
These are great events and we hope you’ll make it to some. Please stop by and say hello! We have a gift for our customers we see.
Equine Affaire – From April 11th to the 14th, we will be at Equine Affaire in the Ohio Expo Center located in Columbus, Ohio. Take home a bonus bag of bugs when you place your Fly Predator order for the season and get your Free RMM cartoon or Kenneth Wyatt Calendar! No purchase required if you want only a calendar. While at the booth check out the new best smelling fly spray for people and animals, Bye Bye Insects spray. Come try it and see why it is quickly becoming the must have fly spray. More event info at www.EquineAffaire.com/Ohio
Midwest Horse Fair – We will be at the Midwest Horse Fair inside the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin from April 12th to 14th. Our very own Larry Garner is a presenter on getting rid of That Last Stinkin’ Fly. Come to watch his highly entertaining and simultaneously educational talk and don’t forget to stop by our booth and place your Fly Predator order for the season and get your Free RMM cartoon or Kenneth Wyatt Calendar! No purchase required if you want only a calendar. While at the booth check out the new best smelling fly spray for people and animals, Bye Bye Insects spray. Come try it and see why it is quickly becoming the must have fly spray. Don’t forget, this show offers a terrific big league PRCA Rodeo on Friday and Saturday evenings! More event info at www.MidwestHorseFair.com
Western States Horse Expo – From May 9th to the 12th, Join us at Western States Horse Expo’s new location at The Murieta Equestrian Center in beautiful Rancho Murieta, Ca. This show has the biggest line up of top clinicians. To name only a few presenters you’ll be able to see; Eitan Beth-Halachmy and Pat Parelli. Pick up your Free RMM cartoon Calendar just by stopping by our booth. No purchase required. Don’t forget to place your Fly Predator order for the season at the Expo and we’ll give you a bonus bag of bugs to take home! Dr. Miller (aka RMM) will be at our booth signing books, calendars and will have his other videos and books available. While at the booth check out the new best smelling fly spray for people and animals, Bye Bye Insects spray. Come try it and see why it is quickly becoming the must have fly spray. More event info at www.HorseExpo.com
National Little Britches National Finals Rodeo – From July 2nd to July 7th we’ll be at the National Little Britches Finals in Guthrie, OK. Little Britches is a youth rodeo associations for kids ages 5 – 18. The finals are the top qualifiers from 26 states across the nation. We are proud to be a sponsor of this fine organization with the aim of developing character, self-reliance, good sportsmanship and encouragement through competition in the great sport of rodeo for western youth. You’ll likely see future NFR competitors at this event. More information is at nlbra.com.
Horse Expo Pomona – From October 8th to 9th, we will be at the Fairplex in Pomona, California for the Horse Expo. This is the southern version of the two largest California horse shows. Western States Horse Expo near Sacramento in May is the other big show and we’ll be there too! Horse Expo offers great presentations, demonstrations, competitions, the Young Rider Park, Art, Trucks and Trailers galore plus much more. Pat Parelli and Richard Winters will be presenting. Place your Fly Predator order for the season and take home a bonus bag of bugs and your Free RMM Cartoon Calendar autographed by Dr. Miller or Kenneth Wyatt Cowboy Art Calendar. No purchase required if you only want a calendar. While at the booth check out the new best smelling fly spray for people and animals, Bye Bye Insects spray. Come try it and see why it is quickly becoming the must have fly spray. More info at www.HorseExpoEvents.com
Cowboy Dressage World Top Hand Finals - From October 8th to the 13th we be attending the Cowboy Dressage World Top Hand Finals at Rancho Murrieta equestrian center. We are proud to be sponsoring this organization and the discipline. Come join us for a fun event. If you have not heard of Cowboy Dressage World please check the cool things they are doing.
Equine Affaire – From November 7th to 10th we will be at the Eastern State Exposition Center, West Springfield Massachusetts. This is the largest equine event in the country with dozens of presenters. Come by our booth to get your FREE 2020 Cowboy Art and Cartoon Calendars that will be fresh of the press. While at the booth check out the new best smelling fly spray for people and animals, Bye Bye Insects spray. Come try it and see why it is quickly becoming the must have fly spray. More information at www.equineaffaire.com
ZAA - From November 15th to 18th we will be attending the Zoological Association of America’s annual conference. We enjoy helping zoos keeping their animals fly free and happy. From Rhinoceroses to Zebras to Monkeys we can keeps the flies away. This year it will be in Montgomery, AL.
AAEP – From December 7th to 11th we will be at the American Association of Equine Practitioners 64th Convention, in Denver, CO. This is the show that many equine Veterinarians attend each year for seminars and education. As Lyle Lovett said a few years ago when he performed here… “This is the week that horse owners say a little prayer for their animals. Please don’t get sick during AAEP”. More information at http://www.aaep.org/
Vegas Tuffest Jr. World Championship - From December 5th to 8th we’ll be in Las Vegas at the event that Mike and Sherrylynn Johnson produce that is a must watch youth event. I guess that what happens when you have a 23 time NFR qualifier tie down roper and 4 time NFR qualifier barrel racer running the deal. At this event you’ll see the best of the best with the winner taking home $10,000! It’s a really fun event you don’t want to miss. Free live video streaming if you can’t make it. More info at http://www.johnsonsportline.com
We often receive the question if Fly Predators can be released with free range chickens and other poultry. The answer is YES, they definitely can. Chicken find Fly Predators larvae a delicacy thus quite tasty but you can easily mitigate a Fly Predator buffet for your free rangers with 2 simple options. One, you can simply coop your free rangers for 24 hours when releasing your Fly Predators as once emerged Fly Predators are safe from poultry. Two, you can assemble these easy to make release stations. Our awesome entomologist on staff, Jessica Starcevich, put together these terrific how to instructions below!
Durable Fly Predator Release Station
1) Gather a piece of window screen (A), 3” PVC female adapter (B), a 3” PVC cleanout plug (C), a pair of scissors (D), a snap (E), a screw eye (F), and a hot glue gun/super glue, etc. (G).
2) Set the female adapter so that the threaded side is against the work surface, lay screen over the top, and glue into place. Cut excess screen away from the outside.
3) Flip the female adapter over so that the threaded side is up and the screen is against your work surface. Drill a pilot hole into the top of the clean out plug and thread in the screw eye.
4) Tie a loop of string/twine/wire/etc. around the snap and hang in your preferred location. Unscrew the clean out plug, add Fly Predators, replace the clean out plug, and clip snap to screw eye. You now have a release station for your Fly Predators that is protected from the elements as well as birds. Just dump out the old and replace with new Fly Predators when you receive your next shipment.
Included are photos of the materials you'll need and photo to show steps too! Easy! With this method either coat the string or sides of the PVC with Vaseline (Tanglefoot also works and could be found at your local hardware store).
If you’ve had an unusually wet spring and temperatures are now ramping up, biting stable flies are coming! Below is the who, what, when, where, and why...and how to help reduce the impact.
Who’s going to be most likely to have problems with stable flies?
Anyone who has received a lot of rain and has warming temperatures, especially if you have had flooding or standing water.
What exactly is coming?
Biting Stable Flies are blood feeding flies that like to breed in manure, decaying vegetation, and other rotting organic matter. Biting stable flies have a painful bite and most often bite on the legs and flanks of horses, causing them to stomp. Females of these flies can lay up to 80 eggs at a time and lay 10-12 clutches in a lifetime. That means every female biting stable fly has the potential to produce nearly 1,000 offspring in her lifetime!
When is this population explosion of stable flies likely to happen?
NOW! If you’ve had a wet spring and have been starting to get hot during the day, you probably already have these leg biters. If you don’t have them yet, they’re going to start soon.
Where are all these flies coming from?!
Despite the name ‘Stable Fly,’ biting stable flies rarely breed in stables. They do however like to breed anywhere that has manure or decaying vegetation. Aside from manure and manure piles, there are many many other places biting stable flies can breed. Some common areas you may have include: mower decks that haven’t been cleaned on lawn mowers, grass clippings, some types of organic mulch, hay chaff outside the edges of barns and outdoor pens, mossy/weedy edges of ponds (especially as the water begins to recede), boggy or marshy areas, compost, and many more.
Why are things worse this year?
Many of the areas mentioned above dry out before biting stable flies can complete their life cycle in normal years. With all the extra rain, and in some areas flooding, ditches and drainage areas have more debris than usual, lawns may be thicker before being able to be mowed (so more and denser grass clippings), thin layers of hay chaff outside are staying damp longer, etc. Also, biting stable flies are more likely to travel farther than house flies in their search for blood. Often several miles or more. So, with breeding areas being more favorable to biting stable flies, more hungry adults are looking for your horses and even you to feed on.
How can I reduce the impact?
#1 Sanitation, sanitation, sanitation! Try and keep ditches clear of debris and draining well. Rake up grass clippings, dead weeds, hay chaff, and any other dead vegetative matter. If things are staying damp, it’s better to have everything in one large pile to begin composting. Composting releases heat that can help kill many of the fly eggs and larvae, leaving only the cool outer edges of the compost pile to be favorable to fly breeding. If possible, turning the edges of this pile up to the top can prevent fly breeding completely. Try to keep weeds and other foliage cut back to reduce areas for flies to rest and to help sunlight reach more areas to dry things out.
#2 Add more Fly Predators to match the much higher number of fly larvae (maggots) that survive to the pupal (cocoons) stage. This happens due to the moisture of manure and other rotting organic matter remaining in the 40%-60% range.
#3 Add traps. Biting Stable Flies are only caught with the Bite Free Stable fly trap from StarBar. This is the only commercial trap for biting stable flies on the market. Bite Free traps should be placed low to the ground, preferably placing it at a height similar to your horse’s leg. Remember, these flies like to feed on the lower legs of horses, people, and anything else warm blooded, so you want the trap at a height the flies normally feed. These traps imitate animal body heat, which attracts the biting stable flies that then get stuck to the trap. These traps do have a durable glue that will not wash away in rain or melt in heat; however, because of this make sure your horse cannot reach the trap (if placing outside of a fence, consider how far your horses tail reaches outside the fence). Also, because this trap is clear, once flies start getting caught it may look like an easy meal to small birds. To minimize the chance of birds getting caught on the trap, place the trap away from areas where small fledgling birds may be and away from any areas where birds are normally fed. In addition, using an owl decoy or cheap rubber snake can also help deter birds from coming closer.
Watch our How to Use Fly Traps.
#4 With flies coming in from off your property, you may also need to resort to fly spray this year. Our new Bye Bye Insects Fly Spray is the first essential oil spray that matches the performance of the very best synthetic Pyrethroid sprays. But unlike those, it can be used on yourself and your horses. It’s also effective for Mosquitoes. It smells nice too! If house flies are getting in your home, you can spray Bye Bye Insects around the door frames to repel flies hanging out near there waiting to zoom in when the door opens. Bye Bye Insects will stain light colored hair on horses, so we do not recommend use on white, gray, or pinto show horses or horses where staining is a problem. The staining does wear off, but does not wash off.
This tremendously helpful blog was written by our rockstar entomologist, Jessica Starcevich! Thanks SO much Jess! You truly do rock!
House Flies are also going to be excessive for wetter than normal regions so check out specific for those pests as well! Click HERE!
Ever since I became a regular user of Spalding Labs’ Fly Predators, over 40 years ago, I have recommended them for fly control to my clients, my neighbors and my seminar audiences.
Invariably, those who heed my advice are satisfied with the results. However, occasionally, the response is unusual and sometimes funny.
For example, one of my clients had a serious fly problem. Like me, she lived in a canyon where the summer temperatures often rise to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, a paradise for barn and house flies. So, I recommended Fly Predators.
Sometime later she telephoned me and said, “I just received my first shipment of Fly Predators. I can’t see them because they are buried in the shavings in the plastic container, but that’s not why I’m calling. I see dozens of little bugs in with them. I’m afraid that they will damage the predators. Maybe they already have, because I don’t see the predators. Maybe the bugs have killed the predators.
I reassured her, “No! Those are the predators. They are hatching, so it’s time to put them out on the manure piles on your place.”
“But,” she protested, “If those are the predators, how can they kill the flies? They are too small.”
“Oh,” I responded, “They are very efficient at killing flies. Nature is full of small organisms killing large organisms.”
“Really?” she exclaimed.
“Sure,” I said. “The smallpox virus is so small that it cannot be seen under an ordinary microscope, yet that virus has killed hundreds of millions of human beings throughout history. And, I have seen horses killed by rattlesnakes less than three feet in length. That’s just two examples of smaller organisms killing much larger ones.”
“You mean the Fly Predators are dangerous?”
“Yes,” I replied. “But not to us. Only to the flies.”
I have had several people ask me how I am able to teach horses or other equines, to allow dentistry (teeth “floating”) without resistance, using no means of restraint such as a twitch, or sedation or tranquilization. I will explain. You will see that it takes time and patience and empathy – BUT – eventually it saves time, effort, and the patient not only tolerates the procedure, but also can actually enjoy it.
The method I have used on countless equine patients, including my own horses and mules, is simply a variation of how I teach them to accept a bit.
First, I introduce the patient to the taste of a sweet substance, such as molasses, syrup, or honey. Initially, I put a bit on my finger and explore the lips, gums, and tongue. As soon as the patient tells me, “Ooh! That tastes good!” I put some on the dental instrument, taking all the time necessary for the horse to accept it.
Eventually the equine will, without hurrying the lesson, enjoy the instrument being placed in the mouth. I do not yet touch the molar teeth.
In time, using more sweetener, I can place the back (not the blade) of the dental float on a molar tooth.
At this point, I am not yet using a speculum. I use my free hand to hold the tongue and as a result, the jaws do not close. There is just enough space for the instrument to fit between the molar teeth.
When this is accepted without resistance, using dabs of sweetener (or apple sauce) on the blade to encourage allowing it in the mouth, I gently and slowly stroke the molar surface with the back of the float blade. As soon as I see that the patient is calmly licking and accepting instrument in its mouth, I gently reverse the float blade and softly begin to rasp the teeth. I do not increase the vigor, the force, or the noise until the patient calmly accepts it. Then I gradually increase the force I am using.
Yes, I just described a time-consuming procedure, but, if it is a procedure to be repeated again, it will eventually save a lot of time. Moreover, it is safer for both the equine and the doctor and less stressful.
Starting wild colts in my youth, I used a similar method to get them to quietly accept a bit in their mouths. I used the same concept to teach colts to accept many routine procedures.
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