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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Fly Predators are a fly preventative. Fly Predators kill developing flies, but do not affect adult pest flies that are already flying around. This means you need to go after both the future flies with Fly Predators and existing flies with Fly Traps and Spray to see a quick reduction. If using Fly Predators alone, the existing flies have to die off which can take 30 days or more.
Start by using traps to help catch adult flies and lower their population faster! See our video on using Fly Traps HERE.
Plan on using at least 2 and possibly 3 different trap types. For House Flies, the ones on the face of your horse going for the moisture in their eyes, but also found everywhere, use Odor Traps. These are the ones you add water to that smell bad. However, make sure to never put odor traps inside or within 150ft of buildings and animals. Odor traps are designed to attract flies from a distance, so you use them to draw flies away from an area. Odor traps indoors can end up inviting more flies to join the party and you don’t want this. Yellow sticky traps are great for use against house flies inside the barn and common use areas. The flies biting your animals’ legs and flanks and dog’s ears are Biting Stable Flies. They only are caught by The Bite Free Stable Fly Trap which should be placed very low to the ground (the top should be no higher than your hip) and in good afternoon sunlight. Stable fly traps should be placed outside, near where animals hang out, but on the opposite side of the fence to avoid them playing with the trap.
Fly baits and premise insecticides can also be used if you don’t mind pesticides. These are available from most feed stores. A good device is the StarBar Fly Abatement Stick in that the pesticide is contained in a cage that flies can reach but kids and pets cannot. Fly baits should be placed in a disposable container out of reach of pets or livestock and should not be used outdoors on the ground where it can seep into the ground as they can be drawn up in plants and cause harm to honeybees. Premise insecticide sprays can also be used on areas where flies like to rest. If there is a particular wall or area where you see a lot of little black specks from the flies, that is a good location to spray with an insecticide to kill adult flies. Be sure the read the label completely and follow all instructions for use.
BUT what should I do first? Honestly?.. Give us a call at 1-866-404-3903. Our agents are all fly experts and can help you determine what types of flies you have (different flies breed in different habitats), where best to spread Fly Predators, and offer advice on the best management practices based on your set up and location. We can still make a big difference this year if you have 2 months of fly season left. And you will be prepared with the knowledge for a delightfully fly free next year.
It is March 28, 2020. There is never a time without problems. That’s life. However, some of our primary problems are unique. Certainly the Corona Virus has created a national emergency, and our responses to that emergency are unlike those our nation has experienced since its founding nearly two and a half centuries ago.
The rules mandated by our government, intended, and necessary, to minimize the incidence of the viral pandemic we are experiencing, hampers our daily routines, the things we do to increase our daily pleasures, our work, and our relationships with other people.
Those of us who own horses, especially if we keep them on our home property, but even if we board them on property owned by others, are fortunate.
When we have time to ride it gives us physical and mental relief from life’s obligations and concerns, including our society’s problems as well as our own. It is difficult to concentrate on financial problems, pandemics, family and community obligations and even more personal problems when we are on horseback.
Physically and mentally, when we are on a horse, or even driving a horse pulling a vehicle, our attention is forced towards the horse. It is a living creature and if we have been blessed with compassion towards animals, especially domestic animals that serve us, physically or mentally as do trained domestic horses, we are, at least temporarily distracted from thinking about our own problems.
Horses fill many roles as domestic animals. They help us. They can be a target for our senses such as compassion, accomplishment, achievement and pride.
During periods of societal disruption, such as war, or persecution, economic failure, or disease such as the current Corona Virus pandemic, the above mentioned positive feelings help to remind us of the factors that can lead us to be more courageous, more understanding, more effective and, in general, a better person.
So, as we reflect upon the current worldwide pandemic, let us simultaneously be grateful that some of us are blessed by owning horses. They can, if we are receptive, help to make us better human beings.
Recently there has been increased interest in the injuries, including fractures that occur at our racetracks. This has agitated many people and caused some to campaign against the sport.
Those who are concerned about the problem, and frankly, all persons involved in horse racing an any way, should read Sports Medicine for Performance Horses, a book by William E. Jones, DVM, Ph.D., Paperback version by Doc Jones Publishing 2012.
This book effectively explains and updates the scientifically based information on how improper nutrition, exercise routines, training techniques, and inappropriate medications may cause or worsen the problem.
It is understandable why many people involved in horseracing will, in attempting to improve the horse’s speed, endurance, and welfare, impose untested training methods, dietary supplements, and other routines in an attempt to increase racing success, but, some of these unproven factors may actually increase the incidence of racetrack breakdowns.
Dr. Jones’ book will help to reduce the sad incidence of racetrack disasters.
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