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.
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