My horse farm, where I have lived for 40 years, is only 5 acres. Behind us is a mountain. Across from us is a lake. To the West there is a large ranch. East of us are two small 5 acre places, one with horses, the other with other animals. East of them are similar small places.
When I started using Fly Predators in 1979, transforming my home from a severely fly-infested place to one, as it is now, a place with a very minimal fly problem, I had to persuade my neighbors to also use Fly Predators. That’s because the range of efficacy for these tiny insects is limited. Five acres is a small place. If only I used the Fly Predators, they would reduce the fly population, which, here in Southern California lasts 8-9 months of the year. However, because of the neighbor’s fly problem, the effect would not be as dramatic as it is.
So, understanding the technology and the science behind it, I realized that I would have to convert my neighbors to become Fly Predator users.
Here’s what I did:
I explained to the owners of the large Canyon Ranch to the West of us what I was doing. Since their fence line was close to my home, their cattle (and manure) was also close. I asked permission to use my Predators on their side of the fence. They said, “Sure”, and seemed interested in the technology.
Result? They became Spalding Labs customers forever afterward, using the Fly Predators around their home, which is half a mile down the road from my home. (But I still use my Predators on their side of my fence.)
East of us, I asked the two immediate neighbors if I could use my Fly Predators on their property, so I could enjoy relative relief from flies.
Both agreed and were interested as I explained the technology, especially because I was a large animal veterinary practitioner. The result? They became Fly Predator customers and remain so to this day. This is the reason we get such good results on our small properties.
Before I retired from practice I persuaded several horse subdivisions with lots varying in size from ½ acre to 2½ acres to convince their community horse associations to use Fly Predator programs on the respective entire subdivisions. This guarantees optimum control over the obnoxious and harmful fly population.
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