Are you wondering why your Fly Predators haven't hatched yet and want to know how to help them hatch quicker? Jess our Fly Predator Scientist has the answers...
Why Fly Predator Hatch Times Vary
The species that comprise Fly Predators have a life cycle that is very dependent on overall average temperatures. At ideal conditions (around 85°F) it takes a minimum of 2 weeks for the Fly Predator to develop from egg to adult. At much cooler temperatures, they can take 6 weeks or more to hatch.
Generally, we try to send out Fly Predators that have already been incubated for about a week, so that in the warm summer months, they will begin hatching within 5 days of arrival. However, temperatures during travel and temperatures where they are being kept can have large impacts on how quickly Fly Predators hatch. During the first shipment of the season, it’s not unusual for your Fly Predators to take 10 to 14 days after arrival to emerge. It’s much faster than that during the heat of August.
How Do I Help My Fly Predators Hatch Quicker?
If your weather is warm and you want to make sure your Fly Predators hatch as quickly as possible, keep them at a consistently warm temperature once you receive them. Don’t put them in direct sun as this can make them too hot while in the bag. On top of a refrigerator is a cozy place, but write a note so you don’t forget them.
If your weather is cooler than normal, particularly if you have a chance of freezing night time temperatures, you will want to slow down the hatching of your Fly Predators. If they traveled through cool temperatures on their way to you (which often happens in the early spring and late fall), even once kept consistently warm, it may take 2 weeks or more for your Fly Predators to hatch. If kept outside once they arrive, and night time temperatures are still falling down into the 50’s, this could also result in delayed hatching, even if daytime temperatures are getting into the 70’s or higher. You can match the speed of emergence to match your weather, which is also how quickly your pest flies will be emerging.
Bottom line: don’t worry if your Fly Predators don’t hatch right away in the spring and fall. Try to keep them in a consistently warm location, such as on top of a refrigerator or other electrical appliance that generates a little heat (just don’t cook them).
A cold Spring delayed fly season in much of the country. Many of us have also experienced a lot of rain. As temperatures begin to rise rapidly across the country, all that moisture means fly season is going to start with a bang. Make sure you’re prepared.
First, if you haven’t already, make sure to get your Fly Predators ordered. Don’t wait until you see a lot of flies. If you still need to order, give us a call at 800-737-2753 or click here.Second, we’re all short on time, so make sure to use it wisely. All the moisture this spring may be leaving you with muddy lots, growing manure piles and areas you just can’t get clean until it dries. If you’ve been keeping your manure pile stacked tall, it is generating a lot of heat. Getting that removed can be placed on the back burner as far as flies are concerned because that heat will cook most of what is growing in there and only the cooler bottom edges will support fly growth. Areas to do first are where things like hay, weeds or grass clippings have gotten beaten into the ground. Even without manure, these areas can breed a lot of Biting Stable flies. If you’re not going to be able to clean them up quickly, don’t forget to treat those areas with some Fly Predators. This includes compost, drainage ditches, areas of runoff and any other areas with decaying vegetation. For more information on where flies breed click here.Third, if you already have flies starting and are worried you may be behind the curve, consider using traps to catch those early adults. If House Flies (the ones on your horse’s face) are bothering you, try a sticky EZ Trap in areas where flies hang out or use odor traps, such as the Giant Fly Relief Bag, placed at least 150ft away from areas you don’t want flies. Odor traps are used to attract flies to a location you don’t care about. Never put smelly traps in or near your barn or back door. Don’t forget to get rid of those traps when they’re full though, or you may be creating more flies as the larvae can climb back out of those traps when there is not enough water to drown them. If the leg Biting Stable Flies are the problem, try the Bite Free Stable Fly Trap. To learn more about what types of traps to use for what types of flies and how to use them click here. Watch the video on using traps.Finally, Bye Bye Insects, our new principally Essential Oil-based fly spray can help give your horses some relief from flies while Fly Predators get to work. This great smelling spray can be used at varying dilutions from 50% to full strength depending on your horse and fly pressure. Bye Bye Insects is the only Essential Oil-based fly spray that can keep up with synthetic pesticides. Plus, you can use it on yourself as well! Keep flies and mosquitoes away from you and your horses at home, on the trail, or at the show with Bye Bye Insects. Be cautioned however, this spray can stain white or light-colored hair/clothing. This disappears over time but does not wash out readily. More info click here.Summer is finally coming, make sure you’re ready!
Horses have been used as mounts for the military since early history. The horses had to be obedient and maneuverable, therefore a system of training was developed, first documented in the writing of the Greek master, Xenophon. The system of training was developed throughout the ages, with many well-known riding masters, writing books further clarifying their methods. Heavy horses carried the knights of the middle ages in full armor. As modes of warfare changed, the type of horse changed with it, giving way to the lighter horse used for the cavalry. The hot blooded breeds, such as the Arabian and Thoroughbred, were introduced to add swiftness and greater maneuverability to the cold blooded, heavy horses of the armored knights. The resulting “warmbloods” formed the basis for most of the breeds most often successful in dressage today. The horses of centuries past were used primarily by the military. The military horse became the standard during the inception of the modern Olympics. The military test included obedience and maneuverability, what would become the dressage test, as well as the ability to jump obstacles. Separate studbooks in countries throughout Europe were maintained by the local lord or prince, with the result that many of these warmblood bloodlines can be traced back through a surprising number of generations. Arabian and Thoroughbred lines have continued to be used to further refine the warmblood that we know today which is a leggier, more elegant horse, and with increasingly extravagant movement. These modern-day warmbloods predominate in international dressage competition.By 1912, the equestrian disciplines as we know them (dressage, jumping, and eventing) were included. However, the riders continued to be all male and predominantly military for a several decades. The United States Cavalry at Ft. Riley exchanged ideas and instructors with the schools in Europe and started the trend that brought dressage training not only to the military but to civilians in the United States. Once the US Cavalry was disbanded in 1948, the focus for dressage shifted from military to civilian competition and the sport began to gain momentum. Women as well as men became passionate about dressage. In 1952 the first women were allowed to compete in the Olympics.
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.
Ronald Reagan was one of my clients before he went into politics. He owned a horse ranch just a few miles from my clinic. I only saw him twice, both times when he was riding and jumping in his arena. I never spoke to him. I dealt with his ranch manager, a very nice gentleman who was a Lithuanian immigrant. I deeply regret that I did not take the opportunity to introduce myself and get to know the man. I did not do so because I am not a celebrity admirer and did not want him to think that I might be.
When he went into politics, and gave up the local ranch, I was skeptical. Why? Because, I must confess, I was and still am biased against the entertainment industry, especially in Hollywood.
I fervently believe that “Hollywood” (I mean the entire entertainment industry) does far more damage to our culture than it does good. In other words, the entertainment provided in no way compensates for the moral decay, the corrupt values, and the loss of decency that industry has caused.
Of course, there are exceptions. I have written before about the Western movie stars for example who owned ranches in my practice area, and how I found them to be courteous gentlemen, modest, unassuming, and conscientious. They paid their vet bills on time. I am referring to actors, most of them former cowboys or stunt men such as Joel McCrea, Roy Rogers, Ben Johnson, Rex Allen, Buddy Ebsen, Slim Pickens, and others. All were good people. Maybe the fact that, when not working as actors, they preferred a rural lifestyle, raising cattle or horses, explains their modesty.
Anyway, I wasn’t thrilled when Reagan, a movie star, went into politics. Significantly, when he became President of the U.S.A., he spent as much time as possible on his new ranch, Rancho del Cielo, in Santa Barbara county, with its modest home. There he rode his beloved horses and personally cut wood for the fireplace and did ranch chores by himself.
I gradually began to realize what an exceptional leader he was, yet it took decades even after his death, for me to fully appreciate him.
My biggest regret came after I had retired from practice and was on my way with my wife to a lecture engagement in Northern California.
As we drove north we came to an area where many vehicles were parked along the highway and traffic was moving slowly.
I pulled over and asked, “What’s going on?”
The bystander answered, “President Reagan’s funeral procession will be coming down the other side of the highway in about half an hour. We are all here to honor him.”
I looked at Debby and said, “Gosh, we ought to stop, but I have to speak this afternoon and we have a couple of hundred miles to drive.”
So I kept moving.
I have never lost the guilt for that decision.
What motivated this article was a TV movie I saw the other night about the life of Ronald Reagan.
I apologize Mr. President. I put my personal business ahead of an opportunity to honor you. It has taken many years for me to fully appreciate your integrity, judgment, patriotism, wit and humility.
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