Find Your Fly Hot Spots

At many facilities we visited where flies were a problem we often would find one or two locations that likely were producing the majority (maybe 80%) of the flies. These were locations where the manure or spoiled feed were kept at the optimum... Learn More

Fly Control Basics

Flies are a major cause of discomfort and the spread of warm weather diseases in cows. Some flies torture your animals by biting. Non-biting flies irritate cow’s eyes often causing serious infections such as pink eye. They are attracted to wounds... Learn More

Fly Traps

There are innumerable different traps available on the market. The key point to understand is that there are different traps for different species of flies. There is no one trap that catches all species. Most of the traps sold in feed, farm and hardware stores are for House Flies as they are the most common pest fly. Many can have an effective attracting radius of about 100-150 feet. Trap placement is important. If the farm has a small... Learn More

Manure Management Tips

For most commercial livestock operations manure management is THE most important variable in any fly control program simply because this is the largest single source of (from a fly’s perspective) “the good stuff”. But be aware that some biting flies... Learn More

More Rain = More Flies

If you have more rain than normal you will likely see more flies. Since pest fly eggs and larvae need to be in a moist medium, if it’s wetter than normal more breeding areas will stay just perfect longer for producing lots of flies. Flies have... Learn More

Other Beneficials You Want to Encourage

"Dung beetle" is the common name for beetles that are members of the Scarabaeidae family. These beetles breed, feed, and tunnel in dung deposited on pastures. (You have them if you see many “holes” in your cow pats). Through their activities, these beetles break up and bury the dung pat. This dries up the pat and removes... Learn More