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).
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Your Horse: Wash your horse with shampoo for a clean, shiny and freshly scented coat, mane and tail. If you have a gray horse, one with lots of chrome, socks or stockings? Use a special shampoo to get the white surfaces extra white. Want to enjoy a clean coat and tangle-free mane and tail for an extra long time? Finally, treat its hooves with a hoof oil
During my practice career I treated countless hundreds, perhaps thousands of horses for colic (acute gastric or intestinal pain). Most survived, but many died. A majority was due to human error. The caretakers made avoidable mistakes.
Similar errors also resulted in many cases of laminitis and unless promptly diagnosed and treated, many laminitis (“founder”) cases ended up permanently lame due to anatomical foot damage.
I saw wild mustangs in my lifetime, in their natural environments, but I never saw one foundered or one that died from either colic or laminitis.
I have asked many people that have had extensive experience with mustangs in their natural environment (rangeland), if they have ever seen a wild mustang founder or die of colic in their natural environment. The consistent answer was, “No!”
The changes that occur in nature are gradual. Forage erupting green, after a long dry spell, comes up gradually. Grasses erupt with seed gradually. New tasty plants appear gradually. When, in captivity, horses are exposed to sudden dietary changes because of human policy, horses may not be able to cope with the change. The microflora within their digestive tract, which pre-digest much of what horses eat, are specific for that kind of plant matter. Then, the horse may not be able to cope with the dietary change. The result, so common in horses and other herbivorous domestic grazing animals, may be an attack of an acute, painful, and potentially deadly malady such as colic or laminitis.
Because I experienced so many such cases as a veterinarian, I developed a fear of such cases as laminitis, bloat, colic in horses, over-eating certain plant species at certain times of the year, and – above all, making abrupt changes in the time that such animals are fed, plus changes in diet. Such changes involve plant species, season of the year, harvesting methods, preparation of the forage (dried? baled? pelleted? ground? mixed with other vegetation species? etc. etc.).
Because I owned livestock I was attached to during my lifetime, including many breeds of horses, mules, donkeys, cattle, goats, I became obsessive about creating unusual or too prompt dietary changes. For example:
So I will take two or three days to introduce them to a new hay delivery, even if it is exactly the same hay.
Am I an extremist?
I have never, ever, EVER had one of my equines suffer from a case of colic!
I have never had one of my equines suffer laminitis.
Such prudent, cautions not only avoid attacks of colic or laminitis, but also many other nutritionally based problems.
This is, I believe, so important, that I will repeat the precautions:
ALL feed changes should be made gradually. Take a full week or more to make the changes. This includes:
The largest group of horse owners in the U.S.A. ride purely for recreation. For pleasure. For the relationship with the horse. To enjoy the out of doors activity.
The people involved in the competitive riding disciplines (Western, English, Dressage, Gymkhana, Rodeo, etc.) usually know what kind of horse they are looking for. They seek breeds recognized for their affinity for that sport. However, it has been my experience that a high percentage of the folks who just want a horse as a companion, and for non-competitive trail riding, often set goals that are irrelevant, or even inappropriate for their needs.
For example, many such people use color as a goal. They limit their search to Paints, or Pintos, or Palominos, or Buckskins, or some other color.
Other people use size as criteria. Others use gender – a mare – or a gelding – or, I’ve had several times when innocent buyers decide they need a stallion for weekend trail rides. These decisions limit their choices.
The breed of horse influences many buyers. They aim, for various reasons, to own a specific breed because they have a mental image of the horse’s role in society, or relate to the breed to a specific individual, or group of people.
Often these poorly oriented choices work out well, but I have seen so many that were bad decisions. Doing countless thousands of pre-purchase exams during my career, I remember how often I concluded my written report with a comment like this: “A healthy, sound horse, but not ideally suitable for casual recreational riding because of … (temperament, lack of smooth gaits, aptitude for competitive events the buyer has no intention of pursuing, susceptibility to certain problems either physical or mental, and so on.)
I remember, early in my career, when one of my clients, a racing thoroughbred breeder, asked me to do a pre-purchase exam on a gentle, well-trained gelding of nondescript breeding, for her grandchildren, who visited monthly, to ride. I detected early ringbone and warned the client, but she bought the horse anyway.
Half a year later she phoned me and said, “Do you remember the horse you examined for my two grandkids when they visited me? Well all’s been well and we all love the horse. He’s so sweet. But, now that they’re learning to ride they like to trot, and I notice that he is a bit lame in the right fore. Can you check him?”
I did so and explained that I had warned her of the ringbone and its probable consequences.
She recalled no such warning. Her decision had been emotional and she had dismissed my negative advice from her memory.
From that day forward, I gave each client a written report when I did a pre-purchase exam, and filed a copy in my records. I also told them that I filed a copy of my report for every pre-purchase exam I did. My practice partners did the same.
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