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Hello, We've been customers for over 8 years and had a good handle on the fly population at our last homestead on 8 acres. We recently moved to a new homestead on close to 100 acres. I have talked to you folks and have increased our predator amounts as suggested. We realize it will take some time perhaps even a few years to get ahead of the flies but the shear amount of them is quite...well awful really. We have the same amount of animals and there were no animals on the property for many many years. There are a lot of fruit trees and bushes, fields/meadows and pine woods. There are some horses about 2 miles away.
The flies we have are horse flies and deer flies and we've made a dent in the population with a Horse Pal trap AND an EPPS trap. Face flies, biting stable flies, house type fly if they are different then face flies and of course the gnats and mosquitoes in the evening.
So this is what we've been doing. We increased the amount of predators. We purchased a dozen Bite Free biting stable trap, 6 stinky traps and the old fashion strips that can hang in the barn or garage. The amount of flies we have caught is really quite astonishing but they're everywhere. All the traps we've purchased have been set up and some have been so full we discarded them. I'll send a couple of pictures to give you an idea.
We don't really like the idea of a premise spray but are starting to wonder if maybe we should around the garage. We are in the process of building a barn so the critters are "camping" in make shift paddocks/meadows. One horse uses the garage as a run in but does not use it as his dumping spot, thankfully! There is always flies on the horses and our pet cows faces ( we do use masks too)but I have to spray them 2-4 times a day otherwise they're crawling all over.
So my question is are we doing enough? Will it just take time and lots of traps to kill the adults? We've only been here 2 months so have no real manure issue to take care of yet. Should we consider a premise spray at some point?
Thank you, Kelly
Ah yes, I forgot to mention the pond with cattails surrounding its edges. We've done some research and think we end up with some ducks next year to help clear the cat tails and eat bugs. Thank you for the deer fly trap suggestions and the Manitoba. I'll check it out. I guess I'll need to take a walk about and kick some cow patties! :)
Thanks again you've given us some helpful suggestions.
p.s the pictures don't even do justice to the amount we've killed! amazing
Wow, I took a look at your pictures, and that is a lot of flies to catch in such a short period of time. It sounds like you are having trouble with several types of flies. Unfortunately, based on the number of horse and deer flies, you may have some environemental sources that you will have little control over. I'll go through each type of fly with some other management options that you may or may not have thought of.
For the horse and deer flies, they are water breeders that can travel fairly large distances; however, if you have a lot of them, it's likely they're breeding fairly close by. The HorsePal and Epps traps are the best traps for these types of flies. If you feel they are filling up too quickly, or you would like to cover more area, you can look up plans online for a Manitoba trap (which works much like the HorsePal), and you can search for deer fly traps. The deer fly traps are typically just something around the size of a kickball or basketball that has been painted blue and covered in a product called Tanglefoot (which you should be able to purchase at places like HomeDepot) and hung in trees. The deer fly traps will not catch the really big horse flies, because they are just too big to be caught in any form of sticky trap, and it's primarily the deer flies attracted to blue.
Biting stable flies really like to breed in decaying vegetation. You can get these guys from the edges of ponds/streams that receed and leave a mucky edge in the summer, from grass clippings that clump and do not dry out, dead weeds that are starting to decay, rotten fruit, compost piles, etc. With the number of horse flies and deer flies, there could be some wet areas breeding stable flies as well that you will have little control over, but watch for any of those other areas and either try to clean them up or get them all into one big pile. Also, you can reduce fly breeding in compost and manure piles by either covering them in black plastic to increase the temperature of the pile, or turning the pile at least once a week to keep it hot and turn in all areas cool enough to breed flies before they become adults.
The house flies will breed in similar places to the biting stable flies, though they prefer more manure and rotting fruit. Control suggestions would be the same as for the biting stable flies.
For the true face flies (house flies will also sometimes sit on the face) and horn flies (little flies that cluster on the back and belly), these flies breed only in cattle manure that is undisturbed in a pasture. So these flies can be best controlled by dragging or otherwise breaking apart the cow patties a minimum of once a week.
If you have any other questions, please let me know.
Oh, and I'm sorry, I forgot about your premise spray question. Yes, you can use premise sprays if you need. To get the best effect out of them, search for areas where flies are primarily resting on walls/ceilings/etc. Spraying these areas will give you the best effect, with the least amount of spraying.
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